FA Cup: West Ham, Chelsea come from behind to oust lowly opponents


As the FA Cup game went into injury time, West Ham faced a humiliating defeat to sixth-tier Kidderminster.

Alex Penny had scored in the 19th minute for the Nationwide North division third-place team who were edging out the London millionaires who are just one point off the Champions League places in the Premier League.

Only Declan Rice’s equalizer forced the game into extra time to prevent West Ham from being the recipient of the biggest upset in the 150 years of world football’s oldest competition.

Then to avoid a penalty shootout in the center with a capacity of 6,000 England at the stadium, Jarrod Bowen scored in extra time injury time to recover a 2–1 win against the team 113 places lower in the English league system.

It was also a struggle in London for European champions Chelsea, who needed to come from behind to eliminate third-tier Plymouth 2-1 after extra time at Stamford Bridge to reach the fifth round.

Macaulay Gillesphey headed Plymouth into an early lead and Cesar Azpilicueta leveled with a fine backheel just before halftime.

But Chelsea couldn’t find a winner within 90 minutes. Even after Marcos Alonso scored late in the first half of extra time, Plymouth still had a chance to level.

But goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was right to save a late Ryan Hardie penalty after the Plymouth striker was fouled by Malang Sarr.


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