Monday, 28 January 2013

FA Cup: Chelsea held by Brentford

Defending champions Chelsea were held to a 2-2 tie at Brentford in the fourth round of FA Cup yesterday as they twice rallied from a goal behind. 

Marcello Trotta and Harry Forrester, with a penalty, got goals at Griffin Park in west London for Brentford, which plays in the third-tier League One. Oscar and Fernando Torres replied for the Blues. 

The teams will now face a replay at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge to advance in the competition, which Chelsea has won four times in the past six seasons. 

Chelsea had most of the possession early on, although it was the home team that had an opportunity to take the lead on 12 minutes when Blues goalkeeper Ross Turnbull picked up a backpass from John Terry. 

Brentford was awarded a free kick within the penalty area, but Forrester was unable to get his shot on target. The hosts started to gain confidence against their Premier League opposition and Forrester fired just wide from long-range in the 29th minute. Adam Forshaw came close four minutes later. 

The opening goal game three minutes before halftime. Frank Lampard lost the ball and Forrester tested Turnbull with a shot that he could only parry to Trotta to tap into the net. 

Chelsea was level after 55 minutes. Oscar collected the ball just outside the penalty area, turned and then placed a shot into the top corner. 

With 17 minutes remaining, Brentford regained the lead with a penalty, awarded when Turnbull fouled Tom Adeyemi as he burst into the area. Adeyemi had replaced Trotta less than a minute earlier. Forrester stepped up and placed the ball past Turnbull, who dived the correct way. 

Ryan Bertrand missed an opportunity for Chelsea late in the game when he headed over from close range and was then replaced by Demba Ba. 
Moments later, Ba crossed for Torres to tie the game on 83 minutes. 

Brentford held on for the replay, even as Chelsea's players appealed vociferously for a penalty in injury time when the ball hit the hand of Harlee Dean. 

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