FA Cup: Chelsea comes from behind to beat plucky Plymouth

Chelsea suffered an FA Cup fourth-round scare on Saturday when it had to come from behind and needed extra time and a penalty save to beat League One Plymouth Argyle 2-1 with goals from Spaniards Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.

Chelsea's Marcos Alonso, center, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the English FA Cup fourth round match against Plymouth Argyle at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London Saturday.   -  AP

Chelsea suffered an FA Cup fourth-round scare on Saturday when it had to come from behind and needed extra time and a penalty save to beat League One Plymouth Argyle 2-1 with goals from Spaniards Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.

Plymouth shocked the Premier League side when defender Macaulay Gillesphey nodded the ball home from a free kick in the eighth minute, sparking wild celebration and a shower of green balloons from the travelling fans.

Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel had tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the game while his expensively assembled squad looked rusty and heavy-footed after a fortnight's break.

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Chelsea hit the woodwork three times in the first half, twice through Mateo Kovacic and again through Callum Hudson-Odoi but Plymouth's well drilled defence kept the European champion at bay until the 41st minute when quality told.

Captain Azpilicueta scored with a neat backheel from a low Mason Mount cross.

Plymouth absorbed waves of Chelsea attacks in the second half and extra time and last-ditch defending as well as inspired goalkeeping from Mike Cooper kept the host out until the 16th minute of extra time.

Alonso broke the deadlock when he got on the end of a pass from Kai Havertz and swept the ball in and with five minutes to go Kepa Arrizabalaga saved a penalty from Ryan Hardie.

West Ham beats Kidderminster Harriers 2-1

West Ham United broke the hearts of Kidderminster Harriers as it overcame the non-league side 2-1 thanks to last-gasp goals in normal and extra time.

Defender Alex Penny put Kidderminster ahead in the 19th minute. Substitute Declan Rice equalised in the 91st minute, smashing the ball into the roof of the net. Jarrod Bowen delivered a cruel twist when he bundled the ball home in the 120th minute to send West Ham into the fifth round.

Manchester City routs Fulham 4-1

Manchester City overcame an early wobble as Riyad Mahrez struck twice to help it ease past second-tier Fulham 4-1.

A frenetic opening saw the Championship side grab a surprise lead through Fabio Carvalho in the fourth minute before Ilkay Gundogan levelled for the Premier League leaders, firing home from close range after being played in by Mahrez.

Fulham's early spark was completely extinguished 13 minutes in when centre back John Stones rose highest to turn in a Kevin De Bruyne corner for his second goal of the season.

A full-strength City ran Fulham ragged after the break as they created chances at will and secured the win through a quickfire double from Mahrez, the first coming from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute after a foul on Jack Grealish.

Lampard era at Everton begins on positive note

Everton thrashed fellow Premier League side Brentford 4-1 as Frank Lampard got off to a strong start in his first game as manager.

Yerry Mina headed Everton in front in the 31st minute from a corner after coming on as a substitute for the injured Ben Godfrey and the Colombian defender went straight across to embrace Lampard, named as Rafa Benitez's successor last week.

Brazil international Richarlison doubled Everton's advantage three minutes into the second half before Brentford got back into the game thanks to a penalty from forward Ivan Toney.

Toney could have snatched an equaliser but narrowly missed the target and Everton quickly punished the west Londoners, Mason Holgate striking to restore the Merseysiders' two-goal advantage.

Andros Townsend rounded off a fine debut in the Everton dugout for Lampard by hitting a fourth goal for the hosts in added time.

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