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Chelsea bounce back from mid-week disappointment to defeat Watford

After suffering a surprising loss in the London Derby at West Ham United, Chelsea cruised past Watford with a 3-0 victory to keep a Champions League spot.

The Blues, who held most of the possession during the game, were able to get on the scoresheet first in the 28th-minute. After Ross Barkley received the ball from Mason Mount, he sent a through ball to Olivier Giroud, who used his left foot to find the bottom right corner of the goal.

 

Fourteen minutes later, Christian Pulisic made a nice run into the penalty area, where he was able to draw a foul from Watford midfielder, Etienne Capoue. Willian was then able to convert from the spot for his ninth goal of the season, his second penalty conversion in as many games.

 

After Chelsea ended the first half up two against The Hornets, both teams were unable to capitalize on any of their chances throughout the second half. That was until the second minute of injury time when Barkley found the back net, solidifying his man-of-the-match performance. 

 

The South-London club handled this game with ease, having 70 percent of the possession while taking 21 shots, with nine of them on target. Their counterparts suffered throughout this match, especially on the offensive side, with only seven shots taken (three on target). 

Chelsea will look to maintain their spot in the top four on Tuesday when they travel to Crystal Palace. Watford, meanwhile, will try to avoid relegation when they host fellow strugglers Norwich City at Vicarage Road.

See Premier League table below:

https://247-football.com/2020/06/25/premier-league-table/

Chelsea advance to semifinals of FA Cup courtesy of Ross Barkley’s goal

Second-half substitute Ross Barkley scores his fourth goal in the FA Cup, which proved to be the game-winner for Chelsea as they win 1-0 at Leicester City in the quarterfinals.

In the early part of the match Leicester City, who are currently one spot ahead of The Blues in the Premier League, were looking dominate, but were unable to capitalize on any of their chances.

It all started when Harvey Barnes crossed the ball to Jamie Vardy within the first three minutes of the match but was denied by goalie Willy Caballero. Youri Tielemans and Jonny Evans also wasted good chances to get a goal for The Foxes.

Chelsea, fresh off helping Liverpool secure their first-ever Premier League title, had a chance to score in the first-half courtesy of in-form Christian Pulisic. However, the young American was stopped by a miraculous save from Kasper Schmeichel.

After the goalless first-half, Tammy Abraham, Chelsea’s leading goal scorer in the Premier League, had believed that he put his team up in front but was denied by an offside call.

However, the South London-side finally found the net in the 63rd-minute, when Barkley knocked in the cross from Willian, which went past Schmeichel for what ultimately was the deciding goal.

 

Leicester City has a chance to tie late in the game from center back Çağlar Söyüncü, but Cesar Azpilicueta deflected the ball.

The Blues have now advanced to the semi-final, where they will face Manchester United on the weekend of 18 and 19 July.