Chelsea survive Luton scare in FA Cup

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Chelsea survive Luton scare in FA Cup

Chelsea’s FA Cup run continued with an underwhelming 3-2 win over Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

Timo Werner was instrumental in Chelsea’s success with a goal and two assists as he helped the Londoners come from behind twice to beat Luton Town in their FA Cup fifth-round match and book passage to the quarterfinals.

The game was played after the confirmation that Roman Abramovich will sell the club he bought in 2003.

A raucous Chelsea crowd was stunned early on as Reece Burke gave Luton Town a surprise 1-0 lead in just the second minute of the game. His glancing header from a corner kick beat Kepa Arrizabalaga at his far post.

Chelsea equalized before the half-hour mark after Werner laid the ball off for Saul to curl a first-time shot past substitute keeper Harry Isted to make it 1-1. It was the first goal for Saul in his 21 games played since joining Thomas Tuchel’s side on loan from Atletico Madrid.

The hosts went ahead once again before half-time. Harry Cornick got behind the Chelsea back-line and put a clinical finish past Kepa to give his team the lead at the break.

Werner restored parity once again in the 68th minute with a composed finish after settling a perfectly weighted ball over the top of the Luton Town defense from Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The visitors took the lead for the first time 10 minutes later through Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian poked home from close range after Werner rolled the ball right to his feet in front of the goal. It was Lukaku’s first goal for Chelsea of the 2022 calendar year, giving Chelsea a hard-fought win to ensure progression into the next round.

 

 

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