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NI ace Lewis scares Blues but Canaries pay penalty

Chelsea 1-1 Norwich. Chelsea win 5-3 on penalties

By John Skilbeck

Northern Ireland Under-21 international Jamal Lewis gave Chelsea a huge fright at Stamford Bridge last night before the Blues sunk Norwich City in a penalty shoot-out.

The teenage left-back, who helped Ian Baraclough's Under-21 side conquer Estonia 2-1 in a European qualifier in June last year, ghosted in between David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta and headed in a dramatic late equaliser.

But it was no dream ending for the Canaries as Chelsea progressed to the fourth round.

The hosts had Pedro and Alvaro Morata sent off in extra-time as the teams finished level at 1-1 after 120 minutes.

Penalties from Willian, Luiz, Azpilicueta, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard earned Chelsea a home tie against Newcastle on January 28.

In July last year, Lewis, from Luton, put pen to paper on a new four-year deal, with the option of an extra year and is benefiting from regular game time in the Championship.

A verstile performer, he can play at left-back or left wing.

"Playing with the first-team has been a great experience. The quality of the football, and the tempo and being around that environment has been great for me," he said after agreeing his new deal.

Michy Batshuayi had given Chelsea the lead in the 55th minute when he tapped home Kenedy's cross from close range.

But Lewis headed in Timm Klose's cross in injury time to force an extra 30 minutes.

The big moment of controversy came when Willian went down after being caught by Klose in the area, but the Chelsea player was booked for diving.

Video official Mike Jones did not think there was a clear and obvious error with referee Graham Scott's decision - so they did not review the situation at length.

All of BBC Match of the Day's pundits thought it should have been a penalty, with Alan Shearer calling it a "shambles".

Phil Neville said: "Why have it (VAR) if he hasn't referred it? Use it Graham Scott, to get decisions like that right. If you don't use it, get rid of it."

The Blues ended with nine men as Pedro and Morata were both dismissed in extra time for two bookings each, with both players shown their first yellows for diving. Morata's second yellow came for dissent following his reaction to the first booking.

A relieved Hazard said: "Today is a replay, and with a replay you have to win the game.

"With extra-time and penalties it's not easy, we got two red cards which is the bad thing for today, but at least we go through and we are ready for Brighton at the weekend.

"We can focus on the league and also be ready for the next round against Newcastle.

"We had chances (to kill off the game) but the FA Cup is always not easy.

"The first game away was a bad game, and also today it was not our best game of the season, but we gave everything at the end of the game when it was nine versus 11.

"We showed great character after the draw at the end of time, so we are happy, but also sad that we lost two players. But we are ready for the next step."

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