Chelsea rage against Chesterfield to advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup

Chelsea 5-1 Chesterfield: Thomas Tuchel's team showed their class but couldn't stop their National League opponent from leaving with a famous consolation goal (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaEngland's two knockout competitions have now given Chelsea two wins in a row, after having only three out of nine wins in all competitions. As if they wanted to take the point home, both Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku scored. The very vocal Chesterfields looked and sounded like they really enjoyed their day at Stamford Bridge, especially when Akwasi Asante scored a goal that was so much more than a consolation in that 5-1 defeat. It was this realization that the Premier League is even better than you thought. This is the modern game, and that means this is the modern FA Cup. The twist is that Cambridge United's win over Newcastle United will be all the more noticeable because they have become so rare. Chesterfield was aware of this game as they were preparing for this game and may have been inspired by their EFL counterparts, but quickly got rid of such notions. It was 1-0 after six minutes, 3-0 after 20 and 4-0 at halftime. Chelsea then somehow explained it and only scored one goal. If more finishes had been unnecessary penalties and fairly trivial details in a predictable outcome, the game had some meaning. The impressive performance of 17-year-old Lewis Hall, who made his professional debut, should at least make the Stamford Bridge hierarchy reconsider whether they really need to bring another left-back into that window. From a distance he was the focus of it all and was directly involved in two of Chelsea's goals. For Lukaku, it was the pressure, the challenge and Hall's break that started. Andreas Christensen scored the 4-0 shortly before the break, but only after a shot from Hall, which was much more difficult for goalkeeper Scott Loach to hold. Long before that, Werner had opened the goal with a tap-in after a break from Mateo Kovacic, Callum Hudson-Odoi then scored the goal of the game. It was one of those wonderfully rare moments when a player just opened up to give him a glimpse of the goal where everyone could see what was going on and he was ready to shoot. Hudson-Odoi signed up and rolled the ball into the far corner. Chesterfield suffered yet another pain when Christian Pulisic won a penalty that Hakim Ziyech converted shortly after half-time, at which point it looked like it could be really damaging to the non-league side. It was just the beginning of a precious moment. After Chelsea slacked off but Chesterfield's defenses closed, Asante brought a joyous liberation. With a save by Marcus Bettinelli, Kabongo Tshimanga created the space for a shot on the edge of the box. There was Asante running right before an ending that was completely filled with Chesterfield fans to give them the moment they had been waiting for. It may not have been one of those days, but that is what the FA Cup is really about. Thomas Tuchel has now got more of what he thinks Chelsea should be about: winning. The chalice lifted her up like that too.


Accident star marries teenage crush 16 years after seeing him for the first time

Former Emmerdale star Chelsea Halfpenny is set to marry her dream man James Baxter after seeing him for the first time 16 years ago as a teenager in love (Author: Gardener)

16 yearsFormer Emmerdale star Chelsea Halfpenny is set to marry the man of her dreams, James Baxter, after first seeing him 16 years ago as a teenager in love. Chelsea Halfpenny and James Baxter got engaged last year, but actress Chelsea Halfpenny will marry the man of her dreams - after seeing him for the first time 16 years ago as a teenager in love. The former Emmerdale star only met James Baxter once at an acting workshop when he was 14. In the years to come, she followed his career from afar. Six months later, James, 31, asked her out on a date and the couple got engaged last year. Former casualty star Chelsea, 30, said: “If you had told these two teenagers that they were going to get married 16 years later, they would have thought it was crazy! James was in Still Open All Hours with David Jason. He's a year older and I thought he was really cool, but I also remember thinking, “Well, no wonder he's not interested because he's just so much older is than me! ”Chelsea then gave up four years on the children's television series Byker Grove. James joined Emmerdale as Arthur Thomas ’half-brother Jake Doland. In 2010, Chelsea landed a role in Emmerdale herself as the rebellious teenage girl Amy Wyatt, the foster daughter of Val and Eric Pollard. But the couple seemed destined never to meet, as James left the show months before they arrived. Chelsea recalls: “When I came to Emmerdale, some people were talking about James because he had only left a year before. “I knew exactly who they meant because I remembered that beautiful boy with the spiky hair that I had imagined so much. “At one point we started following each other on Twitter ... Chelsea, who played medical registrar Alicia Munroe, was there with casualty pals and James was with the crew of Still Open All Hours, the comedy around the corner he was in played with David Jason. Chelsea stars in Waitress's UK theater tour. She said, "We ran into each other ..." It was another six months before we met, and this time it was the other way around - he was chasing me! “Shortly after we got together, I told him I loved him as a kid. I don't think he believed me from the start! ”The couple got engaged last summer, but their wedding plans are on hold for a year while Chelsea toured the UK alongside Busted's Matt Willis in the romantic musical comedy Waitress. The role could not have come at a better time for Chelsea, who left Casualty after four years and then turned down the chance to return to Emmerdale that same year. She recalls: “I had just left Casualty because I wanted to be creative with a new role, so it made no sense to come back to Emmerdale. “It was tough because I didn't have any other jobs in the pipeline. it didn't feel right. ”Chelsea was cast as Judy in 9-5 The Musical in London's West End - but the job was abruptly stopped by the first lockdown in March 2020. Chelsea, who lives in London with James, spent the lockdown with him and his parents in the northeast. Chelsea says that while she's happy to be back at work, Lockdown gave her the opportunity to try some "weird hobbies". She said, "I started making macrame and flower pot holders out of rope ... things you would never have time for in your normal life!" * Chelsea is Jenna on the UK tour for Waitress -


Chelsea goalkeeper misses Senegal's opening game AFCON after testing positive for COVID-19

Senegal's goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and captain Kalidou Koulibaly tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Monday's game against Zimbabwe. all 52 games of the tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports; The competition ends with the finals on Sunday, February 6th (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaChelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy will miss the opening game of the Africa Cup of Nations against Zimbabwe on Monday after testing positive for the coronavirus. Mendy joins captain Kalidou Koulibaly and striker Famara Diedhiou on the sideline to kick off Group B after all three players tested positive for COVID-19. It leaves the tournament favorite with a flimsy roster for the game in Bafoussam after six players - Saliou Ciss, Bamba Dieng, Mame Baba Thiam, Pape Matar Sarr, Nampalys Mendy and second choice goalkeeper Alfred Gomis - all stayed in Dakar on Wednesday after testing positive. AFCON organizers have confirmed that teams will have to play games, provided they have 11 players available, should they be exhausted from Covid-19 cases. Cameroon's game against Burkina Faso on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, begins the tournament, which includes 52 games, and rules have been clarified on how teams deal with outages due to Covid-19. Countries must play a game if they have at least 11 players who tested negative, while in the absence of a goalkeeper an outfield player on the team must replace the goalkeeper. Any country that does not have at least 11 players is considered lost 0-2. The organizers have also stipulated that each team can use a maximum of five substitutes, with a maximum of three opportunities to make substitutions during the game. When extra time is played, each team is granted one additional substitution and one additional substitution option. AFCON will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in January and February. The tournament, originally planned for June and July 2021, will be played in Cameroon from January 9th to February 6th, 2022, with Sky Sports showing all 52 games live. 24 teams will take part, starting as hosts Cameroon and Burkina Faso in Yaounde on Sunday before culminating in the finals in the capital on February 6th.


Full games as non-league teams are close to Chelsea and Man City

FA Cup LIVE Fourth Round Draw: Full games as non-league teams have Chelsea and Man City in their hats (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaFA Cup Fourth Round Draw LIVE: Full Games as Non-League Teams with Chelsea and Man City The FA Cup Fourth Round Draw takes place tonight after a day of surprises and drama in the competition. While Chelsea and Manchester City beat Chesterfield and Swindon Town respectively, it came as a big shock when Cambridge knocked out Newcastle in St James ’Park. Non-league Kidderminster Harriers are hoping for a dream draw against a Premier League team after beating Reading champions, as did Boreham Wood after beating AFC Wimbledon. Defending champions Leicester City beat Watford to move forward and they are backed by Everton, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton after surviving horrors against lower division opponents. Further encounters will take place on Sunday. Arsenal's visit to Nottingham Forest begins after the draw and Manchester United's game against Aston Villa takes place on Monday evening. The fourth round draw will take place after West Ham's game against Leeds United. You can follow all the games in the draw below live, as well as the conclusion of the Premier League match at the London Stadium. The draw will take place around 4:50 p.m. after Leeds vs West Ham 3:16 p.m., Michael Jones 53 min .: Save! The ball comes up to Antonio, who holds it up and Llorente picks it up before slipping off the defender's shoulder and heading towards the penalty area. He threads the ball to Bowen on the right side of the box and he takes a touch to sit down before firing a low shot at goal that Meslier leaves behind with his leg outstretched! 3:14 pm, Sean Morrison of Michael Jones Cardiff fouls in the penalty area for Cardiff Preston's Sean Maguire and the guests receive a penalty. Daniel Johnson takes and pushes the ball home calmly. Michail Antonio gets the ball on the left wing and meets Diego Llorente. The defender forces Antonio to move the ball onto the sideline but leaves too much space to pull it back into the box. Bowen waits, but the ball just barely escapes him and Leeds makes it clear. 15:08, Michael Jones kick-off: Raphinha and Stuart Dallas are on duty for Leeds and replace Sam Greenwood and Lewis Bate at halftime. West Ham gets the game going again. 3:01 p.m., Michael Jones Manuel Lanzini's controversial goal, the only difference between the two teams at halftime, after VAR had not assessed any offside violations in the setup. Can Leeds find their way back into the game in the second half? 2:57 pm, Michael Jones The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup will take place tonight after a day of surprises and drama in the competition. The draw is expected to take place around 4:50 p.m. after West Ham's clash with Leeds and before Arsenal's trip to Nottingham Forest. It will be broadcast live on ITV. Here's everything you need to know, including the remaining teams and when the fourth round games (February 5-6) are going to take place: When is the FA Cup 4th round draw taking place and how can I see it? 2:54 pm, Michael Jones West Ham v Leeds was the last of the two o'clock whistle to go into halftime and there are some interesting results out there. Here is the latest from the current seven games: 14:52, Michael Jones 45 + 6 min .: West Ham goes into halftime with one goal. They were slightly the better team this half as they created the best scoring opportunities but Leeds are not out yet. 14:50, Michael Jones 45 + 4 min .: Save! Fredericks drives the ball up the field and gives it to Bowen before running inside and into the penalty area. Bowen brings the ball to the right of the box and pushes it across the defender, who takes a first shot and forces Meslier into a low save on his right! 14:49, Michael Jones 45 + 2 min .: There are three additional minutes in the London Stadium. Meslier and Firpo both have had treatment, so there will be a little more time before the break. 2:48 pm, Michael Jones Fabinho scored the penalty for Liverpool, who came from behind to take the lead against Shrewsbury. 14:46, Michael Jones In a championship battle, Isaak Davies gives Cardiff the lead over Preston! Sheffield United were also denied a goal against Wolves and Liverpool were awarded a penalty in the Shrewsbury game. 14:43, Michael Jones 42 min .: Worrying signs for David Moyes and West Ham, since Michail Antonio has gone down and needs help from the physios. 2:41 p.m., Michael Jones Liverpool could be on par again but Tottenham are behind against League One's Morecambe. 2:40 p.m. Michael Jones Kaide Gordon has withdrawn one for Liverpool. The Reds are at eye level again as we approach halftime! 14:38, Michael Jones 36 min .: It stands! VAR was checking to see if Bowen was sidelined when Vlasic made his shot. Then whether he took the ball away from Meslier in the second phase. There was a good chance the goal would be booked but VAR say it's okay and West Ham will take the lead. 14:34, Michael Jones 34 min .: There is the breakthrough! Vlasic catches the ball on the edge of the box and pushes Hjelde away. The defender recovers in time to hold off Vlasic's shot and then there is a scramble in the penalty area. Meslier can no longer bring it under pressure from Bowen and the ball bounces to Manuel Lanzini. Good play by Leeds to get the ball onto the field. Klich controls the ball in the middle of the field and threads a decent pass to Greenwood on the right. He floats a cross in the box towards James, but Dawson wins the header and knocks him to the ground. The ball fell for Lewis Bte, but he missed his shot and West Ham cleared their lines. 14:31, Michael Jones Let's go! 14:28, Michael Jones 27 min .: Junior Firpo threads a pass forward to Greenwood, who leans on Dawson as he gets the ball under control. Dawson tries to win it from behind and Greenwood goes down and wins his team a free kick on the center line. 2:26 pm, Michael Jones Luton put on a show right at the end of this game. There are only a few minutes of follow-up time. 14:25, Michael Jones 24 min .: West Ham wins a free kick on the right side of the field. The ball hits the defender's hand but the teenager has no intention of closing Craig Dawson and nothing comes out of the roll call. 14:23, Michael Jones 22 min .: This game in the London stadium has not really started yet as both teams seem to be playing within themselves. Sam Greenwood hits the ball to Dan James, who has to compete with Ryan Fredericks to get behind the defense of West Ham. He holds himself up, but Issa Diop takes cover and the Hammers eventually get away with the ball. 2:21 pm, Michael Jones Kal Naismith secured Luton's place in the fourth round and scored a third goal for the championship team against Harrogate. There are now only five minutes left in this game. 14:18, Michael Jones The first goal of the afternoon kick-off was scored by Daniel Podence. Sheffield United started well against Wolves but they are behind after Podence hit Fabio Silva's pass in the box and gave him a cool finish. 14:16, Michael Jones 15 mins: Leeds have taken possession of the ball in the London stadium and threw a long ball to the right. Ben Johnson wins it in the air and heads the ball to Rice, who completes the clearance for West Ham. 14:14, Michael Jones 13 min .: Close! 14:14, Michael Jones 13 min .: Close! Vlasic comes in from the left and intercepts the ball on the edge of the Leeds box. He's almost tackled, but manages to push the ball to Antonio, who shimmies inward again and shoots with his right foot. He sends a curling-dip approach towards the very top corner, but the ball lands on top of the bar and goes out of play. 14:11, Michael Jones 10 min .: Off the line! Declan Rice runs from the depths and comes into the box. Nikola Vlasic hits the ball into him and he only manages to keep it in play before floating a cross to Antonio. Koch gets the ball first, but heads it to Manuel Lanzini, who shoots and drills a low shot on goal. Meslier is too far to stop but Luke Ayling is well positioned on the goal line and cleared the ball! 14:08, Michael Jones 8 min .: Michail Antonio drives the ball through midfield, but is followed well by Lewis Bate, who wins the ball for the guests with the help of Robin Koch. They don't last long, however, as a wayward pass up the field sends the ball back to the West Ham defenders. Ryan Fredericks makes a good run down the right wing and gets the ball fed. 14:05, Michael Jones 5 minutes: Chance! 14:05, Michael Jones 5 minutes: Chance! West Ham plays the ball into the Leeds final with a pass to Jarrod Bowen on the right. He holds the ball well and turns away from Hjelde before rolling the ball onto his left foot. 14:03, Michael Jones 3 minutes: Almost. Jack Harrison started on the right for Leeds instead of his usual position on the left. He takes the ball and hits in from the wing before hitting a decent cross against the back post. Junior Firpo sprints in from the opponent's wing, but the ball lands right in front of him and bounces out of play before it can reach it. 14:01, Michael Jones kick-off: Leeds kick off the game at the London Stadium while six other FA Cup games begin simultaneously, including Liverpool versus Shrewsbury and Tottenhm versus Morecambe. Leo Hjelde shoots a long ball onto the field but cannot find a teammate and the ball jumps into the West Ham box and safely to Alphonse Areola. 13:57, Michael Jones Here come the teams. Marcelo Bielsa spoke to ITV to explain Patrick Bamford's absence. He said the Leeds forward has not fully recovered from his muscle problem and does not know when he will be fit again. Can Leeds' teenage striker Sam Greenwood lead his team to victory today? The kick-off is next. 13:53, Michael Jones GOAL! There are just over 30 minutes left in the match, and Luton has walked into the fourth round. 1:50 pm, Michael Jones David Moyes spoke to ITV about the possibility for Nikola Vlasic to secure a place on the West Ham starting line-up with some good performances. Since Said [Benrahma] is absent, this is a good opportunity for him. “We wanted to give him some time anyway. He scored a goal the other day [against Watford] so hopefully he can incorporate that into tonight's game. ”1:46 pm, Michael Jones 15 minutes to warm-up kick-off at the London Stadium. West Ham have named a strong team, with Leeds perhaps being forced to a mix of youth and experience. West Ham United's Declan Rice warming up (Reuters) West Ham vs Leeds: The FA Cup has become much more important for Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp 13:41, Michael Jones Liverpool's game against Shrewsbury also starts at 2 p.m. today. National cups usually do not play a role for the big clubs. You have started to mean something to Liverpool. The Premier League was Jurgen Klopp's main goal this season, but the opportunity to win the title was much further removed in two disappointing weeks of the holidays. With two points from three games, Liverpool are 11 points behind the champions. The FA Cup has become much more important for Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp 1:34 PM, Michael Jones Today's clash is only the third time these two teams have faced each other in the FA Cup repeat in February 1924, before West Ham in the fourth round in January 1930 won 4-1, with Vic Watson scoring all four goals. West Ham vs Leeds: Bielsa on desire to win 1:31 pm, Michael Jones Marcelo Bielsa says that Leeds has an undiminished desire to win every game and to compete for trophies in all competitions it enters. In his pre-game press conference, he said: We always try to win every official game. Every time the group plays, the wish is always the maximum and the profit. We focus on every game with the intention of winning it. "The development within the competition is very difficult to predict and I think what corresponds is that we try with humility to win every game." 1:27 pm, Michael Jones West Ham has won the last three games between the two teams, including both in the Premier League last season. The last time Leeds beat West Ham was in 2005, with their last away win in a 4-3 thriller in November 2002. West Ham vs Leeds: Elsewhere in the FA Cup 13:23, Michael Jones There was one today early kick-off between Luton and Harrogate. The game reached halftime when Elijah Adebayo took a right-footed shot from the penalty area to give Luton a 1-0 lead at half-time. 1:18 pm, Michael Jones It has been exactly 50 years since Leeds United won the FA Cup for the first and only time in the club's 103-year history.A header from England legend Allan Clarke, who a year earlier also won the Fair Cup (now Uefa Europa League) of Leeds against Juventus Turin. West Ham vs Leeds: No Reps And More Subs 13:12, Michael Jones Due to the backlog caused by Covid-19 postponements, the third and fourth round of the FA Cup will be settled with one game. Reruns have been dropped this season to reduce game congestion and all 90 minute draws will be settled with 30 minutes of extra time and penalty shootouts to determine the winners. Clubs can also name nine substitute players and use five in the cup. 13:09, Michael Jones David Moyes makes three changes to the West Ham team that defeated Crystal Palace last time. Alphonse Areola replaces Lukasz Fabianksi in goal, Ryan Fredericks joins the defense in place of Vladimir Coufal. Said Benrahma is out, so come Nikola Vlasic. 18-year-old Leo Hjelde works with Diego Llorente as a center-back, with his teenage Sam Greenwood leading the way. 13:01, Michael Jones This is how we imagine today in the #FACup ... # WHULEE | @betway - West Ham United (@WestHam) January 9, 2022 12:54 PM, Michael Jones The FA Cup fourth round draw will take place after West Ham's game against Leeds United is over. Today there are nine games, the last game of the third round, Manchester United against Aston Villa, takes place tomorrow. Fight for a place in the fourth round draw today: The winners of these games will join the 22 teams in the next round. They are: 12:47, Michael Jones After five cross-competitive games without a win, West Ham reversed its stuttering form with consecutive away wins against Watford (1-4) and Crystal Palace (2-3) in the Premier League. Manager David Moyes has spoken about the Hammers having a good run in the FA Cup. So expect a relatively strong team to take on Leeds today to continue West Ham's winning streak. Leeds bounced back from three straight Premier League defeats - against Chelsea (3-2), Manchester City (7-0) and Arsenal (1-4) - and added a confident and serene 1-3 to Burnley in their final game. Defeat too. The win was a much needed win for Marcelo Bielsa's team, who have earned some air above the Premier League drop zone. The win creates momentum and Leeds will want this to continue in today's FA Cup duel with Premier League colleague West Ham. Why the FA Cup third round was more important than ever before 12:39, Michael Jones There are few feelings like in football. The restrictions necessary for Covid have denied them the spirit of life that comes with a big FA Cup duel with a smaller club. The events of the last two years should help to bring the competition and especially this most convincing round to shine again. There's also the Super League, controversial takeovers, and so many other stories that make it feel like the elite game is just escaping us and going to a super-deluxe level that is sealed off and separate from the rest of the game. The third round of the FA Cup now, more than ever, is the big answer to that. Why the FA Cup third round was more important than ever before 12:34 p.m. Michael Jones West Ham boss David Moyes is hoping for a good run in the FA Cup this season and believes he has a squad that can fight for the trophy . Ahead of the Toady Cup game with Leeds, Moyes emphasized the act of juggling between choosing strong teams for cup games without losing momentum in the Premier League and helped Nikola VlašiÄ ‡ move up in the absence of some of the older players. I would like to have a good run in the Cup, I want to do well in the Europa League too, but our league position last year also gave us a chance in the Europa League, so you don't want to give up your Premier League games quite simply if you want to challenge the top teams. I think we have a team that, with the right draw at the right moment, could challenge anyone for the FA Cup. Overall, we have to get through the first leg, which, as we all know, will be a tough duel in the third round. “Niksi [Vlasic] will have chances and we're trying to bring him in signs so we hope he can move up when the opportunity presents itself. I see opportunities for him when Saïd [Benrahma] is gone. "12:28 pm, Michael Jones Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell all drop out with injuries that dent West Ham's defense and force manager David Moyes to relying on some of his second stringers. Said Benrahma has traveled to the African Cup of Nations and is also a Dobut with Pablo Fornals after missing a few games. Leeds' injury problems continue to mount. 12:09 PM, Jamie Braidwood Follow live updates as West Ham host Leeds for the FA Cup third round this afternoon. The Hammers have had a strong season in cup competitions this season, beating both Manchester United and Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and reaching the knockout stage of the Europa League under David Moyes. Consecutive Premier League wins against Watford and Brighton also put West Ham back in the top five of the Premier League ahead of their clash with Norwich on Wednesday. It's been five years since Leeds last played with Marcelo. Bielsa's team has survived the third round of the FA Cup in this phase in each of the last four seasons. Leeds secured a pivotal win over Burnley in their final Premier League game to allay relegation worries and a trophy run that season would mark the 50th time the club had won the competition. West Ham vs Leeds LIVE: The latest FA Cup goal updates, plus Tottenham and Liverpool goals, kick-off time, channel and how to watch the FA Cup game


Thomas Tuchel, the hopeful Chelsea defensive trio can benefit from the FA Cup calm

Cesar Azpilicueta, Toni Rüdiger and Marcos Alonso all suspended the comfortable victory on Saturday. (Author: Gardener)

Thomas TuchelThomas Tuchel has admitted that only time will tell if Chelsea can take advantage of three key defenders' break in their 5-1 FA Cup win over Chesterfield. Youthful midfielder Lewis Hall won the man of the game with a successful debut on the left side of a back three against the Spireites. Cesar Azpilicueta, Toni Rüdiger and Marcos Alonso were all rested in anticipation of the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg in Tottenham on Wednesday. And while Chelsea drove past their National League opponents on a memorable day for 17-year-old Hall, boss Tuchel urged caution about the seniors' defensive resources. "We needed a break for Toni, Azpi and Marcos," said Tuchel. Reece James' severe hamstring injury has added another significant dent to Chelsea's defensive troubles as Ben Chilwell is out of the season after knee ligament surgery. Trevoh Chalobah continues to have a thigh problem while Thiago Silva and N'Golo Kante isolate after positive Covid-19 tests. Silva and Kante could have a slim chance of returning against Tottenham but will have to test negative and meet all Covd safety requirements to have a chance of action during the week. And Tuchel admitted that Chelsea know full well that the next series of games will test their already exhausted resources. After the League Cup tie in Tottenham on Wednesday, they will travel to defending champions and runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday. The league trip to Brighton has been postponed to Tuesday January 18 to add another weekday game before the Blues, who will host Tottenham again on Sunday January 23, in the Premier League. "It's not just one game, we have four games: we have Wednesday, Saturday gone, Tuesday then through to Sunday," said Tuchel. “We have tough games ahead of us. Chesterfield boss James Rowe had to consider a morale-boosting experience at Stamford Bridge despite the heavy defeat. And Rowe left west London, determined to use the lessons to advance Chesterfield's promotion to the National League. "For us it was a fantastic experience and a real compliment to the strength of the team that Thomas Tuchel used," said Rowe.


Five things we learned when Chelsea beat Chesterfield in the FA Cup

Chelsea 5-1 Chesterfield: The Blues were ruthless at home against the National League club (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaChelsea beat Chesterfield Town convincingly 5-1 in the third round of the FA Cup. The blues raged in the first half with goals from Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Romelu Lukaku. Chesterfield showed promise with a great save from goalkeeper Scott Loach and a slim chance from a free kick. However, Chelsea showed the difference in performance between 91 league places and was always assured of a comfortable win. Andreas Christiansen and Hakim Ziyech added more goals but Akwasi Asante lit up the stadium late with a famous consolation and kept away fans partying late into the night. Timo Werner was on the start list for the first time since December 12th after he tested positive for Covid. He returned for the Carabao Cup 2-0 game against Tottenham but was called up as a replacement and came back with a bang in his starting kit. He scored Chelsea's opening goal in the first five minutes that put the Blues on their forefoot. The German international also played a valuable role in Callum Hudson-Odoi's super goal. These will be precious minutes for Werner, who showed his manager that he deserves more starts. Akwasi Asante got the loudest cheers of the evening with his goal in the 80th minute. The team and fans alike went mad when Asante blew kisses at the crowd. It was deserved as they showed promising forward play throughout the game. Asante scored for Chesterfield (Getty Images) Tshmanaga, who has already scored 19 goals this season, Saidou Khan and Manny Oyeleke were all impressive and showed the danger they pose. Oyeleke won a free kick in the first 10 minutes, arguably the best chance the guests in the first 40 had, and if their last touch had been clinical they would have gotten a score back. The ad will worry teams in the National League promotion battle. Chesterfield is second in the table and is only one point behind leaders Halifax Town. If they play with that much confidence throughout the season, they should be in the second division next season. The beauty of the FA Cup can be seen in games like Chelsea versus Chesterfield. 91 league places between the clubs, but both play on the same stage for one evening, underline the glory of the domestic cup. The game has not only brought valuable experience to the National League, but also great resources for the club and experience for the 6,000 fans at Stamford Bridge. The away fans made their presence known, adding to the emotional edge of the game. There were 35,000 fewer Chesterfield supporters than Chelsea fans, but it felt like it was 50/50. Similar games took place in the third round and added an extra layer of intrigue to football and it can go on for a long time. Cheslea manager Thomas Tuchel showed his respect for the FA Cup and Chesterfield with his line-up. Playing stars like Romelu Lukaku and Christian Pulisic was commendable. The 17-year-old's defensive skills could replace him for Ben Chilwell and he showed his worth upfront with an assist at Lukaku's goal. The only thing Hall didn't achieve in the match was to get his name on the score sheet, but it was a staggering feat from the teenager. Elsewhere, it was a significant day for blues player Lewis Baker, who has been with Chelsea since he was nine, but against Chesterfield he only made his second appearance for the club. He came into the game just 20 minutes from time and therefore had little impact on the game, but it will be another proud achievement for the Maguire household.


Karim Benzema scores 300th Real Madrid goal

Karim Benzema is only the fourth player to score 300 goals for Real Madrid with his brace in Saturday's 4-1 La Liga win against Valencia on Saturday. (Author: Gardener)

Karim BenzemaAfter Vinicius Junior's brace put Real Madrid out of sight and Goncalo Guedes gave Valencia some consolation, Benzema turned and scored his second goal in the 88th minute. This means that the 34-year-old is only the fourth player to have scored 300 goals for Blancos after Alfredo Di Stefano (308), Raul (323) and Cristiano Ronaldo (450). Benzema's brace that night marked his 16th and 17th goals from 20 LaLiga games this season - five ahead of his teammate and closest challenger Vinicius in the top scorer lists.


Rangers are switching at the latest when Frank Castaneda is linked after the Colombian helped stun Real Madrid

Frank Castaneda is a free agent after his contract with Sheriff Tiraspol was not renewed, where he triggered an earthquake shock against Real Madrid. (Author: Gardener)

Frank CastanedaThe Rangers are reportedly on the trail of Colombian striker Frank Castaneda. The 27-year-old is currently a free agent after leaving Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova where he was club captain. Castaneda was part of the sheriff squad who helped astound European giants Real Madrid with a Champions League win at the Santiago Bernabeu. But they haven't renewed his contract, and the Scottish Premiership champions are considering a move, according to the Sunday Post. Like the current Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, he was then given the chance to move to Europe when he joined Slovak club Senica. He spent two seasons there before moving to Moldova last summer and having his share in that historic win in Spain. Speculation surrounds Morelos but he has rediscovered his best form under Gio van Bronckhorst and could play alongside Castaneda if a move ensues.


Real Madrid injury, blacklist against Barcelona

Sports Mole rounds up all the news on Real Madrid injuries and suspensions ahead of the Spanish Supercup semifinal against Barcelona. (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaReal Madrid face Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Spanish Supercup on Wednesday evening, with the winner facing either Atletico Madrid or Athletic Bilbao in the final of the competition. Here Sports Mole rounds up all Real Madrid injury and suspension news ahead of their clash with Barcelona, ​​which have won the Spanish Super Cup 13 times. Dani Carvajal was absent from a muscle problem last time against Valencia and the defender will also miss Real Madrid's clash against Barcelona. Luka Jovic was out against Valencia due to a positive coronavirus test, but the Serbian international could potentially return to the squad against Barcelona. Gareth Bale was again absent from Valencia on Saturday with a back injury and the Welsh international will have to prove his fitness for this game. Real Madrid haven't banned any players from this game.


Real Madrid beat Valencia and extended their lead in LaLiga

Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior scored two goals each Carlo Ancelotti's man was eight points ahead of Sevilla at the top of the LaLiga. (Author: Gardener)

LaLigaKarim Benzema scored his 300th goal for Real Madrid but Vinicius stole the show again with a brilliant runner-up in the 4-1 win for the Valencia league leaders. Vincius was back after a coronavirus positive and he was the brightest for Real Madrid, who lit the Bernabeu with their 13th goal of the season in the 53rd minute. He traded passes with Karim Benzema in the Valencia area and managed to nudge the ball in one direction and pass BOTH Valencia center-backs in the other, who were picking him up on the other side to score a goal. Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior both scored braces in Real Madrid's 4-1 win over Valencia Omar Alderete and Mouctar Diakhaby couldn't stop him and it took the wind out of the sails for Valencia as they wanted to return to the game after a controversial first half Punishment that provoked a tweet from the club declaring the decision a "robbery". The questionable penalty came to life at the end of the first half by Luka Modric. Marco Asensio managed a brilliant pass but shot straight at Cillessen. The Frenchman has now scored 300 goals for Real Madrid in 13 seasons at Real Madrid. Kick in Cillenssen's upper left corner after Alderete kicked Casemiro and sent him down, leaving Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez to point. Benzema's goal scored 300 goals in 584 games in 13 seasons for Real Madrid. Benzema passed the ball to Asensio and when his shot was blocked, Vinicius converted. Valencia fought on and Courtois had to make a big save from Daniel Wass, who left his shot behind from a distance. Courtois parried the free kick but the Portuguese striker headed the rebound. Courtois was busy again watching a shot from Wass narrowly miss the goal and then parry in front of Manu Vallejo. But Madrid and Benzema had the last word on a left-side move that ended with substitute Dani Ceballos playing at Mendy, who crossed for the French to score his second goal of the evening and his 301st for Madrid .