Leicester and Chelsea make FA Cup history by going to extra-time

Leicester and Chelsea made history on Sunday as their quarter-final went to extra-time.

It is the first ever FA Cup quarter-final in the long history of the competition to go beyond 90 minutes.

The FA made the change to the tournament last season that would see quarter-final ties settled on the day (as the semi-finals and finals are) instead of going to a replay as they previously had done.

But last season, all four quarter-finals ended in 90 minutes with a winner and this season , Tottenham and Southampton won their games in normal time.


But Leicester and Chelsea found themselves level at 1-1 after Jamie Vardy cancelled out Alvaro Morata’s opener.

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It meant extra-time at the King Power Stadium and with it FA Cup history was made.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn explains the change to the FA Cup quarter-finals…

‘The Emirates FA Cup remains at the heart of English football and this change adds to the excitement of the competition and will benefit the wider game in general.

‘With great attendances and TV figures across the and BT Sport, this season has confirmed the Cup’s special status.

‘In a demanding calendar and with increased pressures on fans, it is important we move with the times and consider new innovations such as successful Non-League Finals Day which saw 50,000 fans at Wembley for the Vase and Trophy.

‘While fully respecting tradition and history, this new development will help the Cup retain its status as a much-loved and world-renowned competition.’

Chelsea were the side who came through the tie, with Pedro finding a winner to see last year’s beaten finalists win the tie 2-1.


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