In a thrilling FA Cup fourth-round clash at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea and Aston Villa played to a 0-0 draw, setting the stage for a replay. The match saw several exciting moments and close calls, but neither team managed to find the back of the net.
The deadlock ensued despite both sides having their fair share of opportunities. Villa had an early chance with Youri Tielemans’ header, but Chelsea’s goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic made a crucial save. Villa thought they had scored when Douglas Luiz tapped in a deflected shot, but VAR intervened, ruling it out due to a handball.
Chelsea dominated the first half, creating multiple scoring opportunities. Emiliano Martinez, Villa’s goalkeeper, made crucial saves to deny Cole Palmer and Noni Madueke. However, the Blues couldn’t capitalize on their chances, and the first half ended with the score level.
The second half witnessed a lively start, with both teams aiming to break the deadlock. Martinez, after earlier denying Chelsea, nearly gifted them a goal with a scuffed kick that hit Palmer’s heels, but the opportunity went begging.
As the match progressed, both teams introduced substitutions in search of a winning goal, but the opportunities dwindled. Petrovic made a crucial save to deny Matty Cash, ensuring the game remained goalless.
The result means that Chelsea and Aston Villa will go into a replay at Villa Park to determine who advances to the FA Cup fifth round. The date for the replay is yet to be confirmed.
In other FA Cup action, Nottingham Forest faced Bristol City in a goalless draw, setting up a replay. Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry played to a 1-1 draw, with Djeidi Gassama’s late equalizer forcing a replay. Manchester City secured a 1-0 victory over Tottenham, thanks to a late winner from Nathan Ake.