Chelsea are through to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup after beating Norwich City 5-3 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw in normal time at Stamford Bridge.
Michy Batshuayi gave Chelsea the lead before Antonio Conte’s men were pegged back in second half injury time. Pedro and Alvaro Morata were both sent-off in extra time on a difficult night for The Blues.
Chelsea started the match the stronger of the two sides and Danny Drinkwater saw a long range effort whistle just wide before Willian’s shot was saved by Norwich City keeper Angus Gunn.
Kenedy was unable to direct a chance on target before a combination of Gunn and crossbar kept a thunderous Drinkwater strike out of the net.
Nelson Oliveira looked to be Norwich City’s most dangerous goal threat and the striker saw a shot strike the bar before he fired wide with an effort from outside of the box as the half ended goalless.
Chelsea ended their long goal drought 10 minutes into the second half when Belgian striker Batshuayi placed the ball into the net from Kenedy’s low cross.
The visitors tried to muster a response and Blues defender Ethan Ampadu deflected a Josh Murphy effort onto the post before James Maddison tested home keeper Willy Caballero. Murphy then headed a further chance off target before Chelsea wasted goalscoring opportunities as both Drinkwater and Batshuayi sent shots wide.
Oliveira again tested Caballero before Alvaro Morata and Davide Zappacosta spurned half-chances to score at the other end.
Chelsea looked set for the Fourth Round until The Canaries levelled deep in second half stoppage time when Jamal Lewis’ flicked headed effort crept into the net via the post to force extra time.
The first period of extra time saw Willian cruelly denied a penalty kick while both the Brazilian and Morata forced saves from Gunn towards the end of the half.
The second period saw a Morata header saved by Gunn before Pedro received his marching orders after picking up a second yellow card for a late tackle. The Blues were soon reduced to nine men when Morata received two quick-fire bookings for alleged diving and dissent.
Tim Klose had a golden chance to win it deep in injury time for Norwich City but headed straight at Caballero as the match went to penalties.
The shootout saw Willian, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard all score while Caballero saved from Oliveira as Chelsea won 5-3 on spot kicks.
The Blues will now host Newcastle United at home in the Fourth Round on Sunday 28 January.