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Barkley strike sees Blues through to FA Cup semi-final

Ross Barkley’s second-half goal was enough to send Chelsea into the FA Cup semi-finals, beating Leicester 1-0 at the King Power Stadium.

The result will come as a relief for Frank Lampard after a sloppy first half in which Leicester took advantage of Chelsea’s errors but could not find the back of the net, although Christian Pulisic had the best chance of the opening period but was thwarted by an acrobatic Kasper Schmeichel save.

The Chelsea head coach made three half-time changes and they paid off, with the visitors looking sharper in the second half and one of those substitutes, Barkley, slotted home in the 63rd minute to send the Blues into the Wembley semi-finals on July 18 and 19.

The match ended 1-0 despite spirited attempted by Leicester attack to equalize.

The semi-final draw will take place at half-time during Newcastle vs Manchester City later on Sunday (kick-off 6.30pm), with Manchester United and Arsenal already in the pot.

 
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