Chelsea 1-1 Leeds – FA Cup fifth-round: Live score, team news and updates as Nicolas


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KICK-OFF: Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

Chelsea 1-1 Leeds

Mykailo Mudrik forces a low save from Meslier.

The Ukrainian winger showed some good feet there, but it was always going to be tough scoring from such a tight angle.

It was a good idea though, Chelsea fans will want to see more of that!

Chelsea 1-1 Leeds

Enzo Fernandez has a pop from distance… it does not go in.

The shot is gathered comfortably by Islan Meslier, but Chelsea are starting to ramp up the pressure here.

After an appalling start, they have kept cool heads, and are now in control again.

Chelsea 1-1 Leeds

Kieran Gill, Mail Sport, at Stamford Bridge:

Credit to Chelsea’s fans because even though Leeds took the lead after that error by Axel Disasi, they stayed behind the team rather than letting the atmosphere turn toxic.

Disasi has those mistakes in his locker. One week, he can go to Manchester City and play like a prime John Terry. Another, he will play a hospital pass like that into Moises Caicedo to gift Leeds a goal.

GOAL!!! Wolves 1-0 Brighton (Lemina 2′)

Well, I wasn’t expecting such an early goal, but there is one and it’s Mario Lemina of Wolves who has it.

It’s a fumble from Jason Steele that is hooked home by the midfielder. Steele won’t want to watch that back.

First blood drawn by Gary O’Neil’s side.

KICK-OFF: Wolves 0-0 Brighton

The game is underway at Molineux.

I can’t predict which way this one will go, both sides on their day can beat anyone.

I’m excited to see how this one pans out.

GOAL!!! Chelsea 1-1 Leeds (Jackson 15′)

They were in desperate need of a response, and they have found one through Nicolas Jackson.

It was a very good finish. The Chelsea striker does not always show composure, but he did this time.

That was exactly what the Blues needed!

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Nicolas Jackson of Chelsea scores his team's first goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea and Leeds United at Stamford Bridge on February 28, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Nicolas Jackson of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea and Leeds United at Stamford Bridge on February 28, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea 0-1 Leeds

Aadam Patel, Mail Sport, at Stamford Bridge:

Leeds fans absolutely bouncing. The worst possible start for Chelsea.

GOAL!!! Chelsea 0-1 Leeds (Joseph 8′)

I said they hadn’t had a good start, and it’s just got worse, they are behind after just eight minutes.

It is lazy defending at the back as they give the ball away straight after a goal kick, following Dan James’ looping miss moments earlier.

Leeds press well before Mateo Joseph finishes with aplomb, what a start for the away side, but a horror show for the hosts.

Soccer Football - FA Cup - Fifth Round - Chelsea v Leeds United - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - February 28, 2024 Leeds United's Mateo Joseph scores their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Mateo Joseph of Leeds United celebrates scoring his team's first goal with teammates Archie Gray and Jaidon Anthony during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea and Leeds United at Stamford Bridge on February 28, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Chelsea 0-0 Leeds

Raheem Sterling should be doing better there.

It looked like he didn’t know what to do when the ball fell in his path, he neither shot nor crossed, and he ends up scuffing it out.

Not been the best of starts for the Blues.

Chelsea 0-0 Leeds

Not been the fastest of starts from either side.

As Kieran said, the Leeds fans are making a racket in the corner, they are certainly enjoying themselves!

Not much else to report from the match so far, unfortunately.

‘Leeds’ fans – all 5,000-plus of them – are in fine voice’

Kieran Gill, Mail Sport, at Stamford Bridge:

What does Leeds’ kit look like? My suggestion is one of those pink Refreshers bars. Not the nicest, is it?

Leeds’ fans – all 5,000-plus of them – are in fine voice. They’re up for this one.

KICK-OFF: Chelsea 0-0 Leeds

Chelsea have been welcomed home by a loud Stamford Bridge, can they salvage their season tonight?

It’s a big night for all the Blues involved, if they lose tonight, that could be their season effectively over.

‘Quansah has more appearances this season than five Reds’ starting tonight’

I wouldn’t exactly see Jarrell Quansah as an experienced Liverpool player, but going by this, he is tonight!

A big night in store for the young Reds!

‘If we lose, Poch OUT!’

Aadam Patel, Mail Sport, has been at Stamford Bridge prior to kick-off speaking to Chelsea fans.

It seems like some are not fans of Mauricio Pochettino. The pressure is on.

‘Leeds will look to exploit Chelsea’s tired legs’

Kieran Gill, Mail Sport, at Stamford Bridge:

We knew Pochettino would make changes after Sunday’s final, which left a fair few exhausted, not least Conor Gallagher, but I’m surprised to see Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo starting again together.

Leeds will look to exploit their tired legs, I’m sure. On another note, it is Harrison Murray-Campbell’s first time in the bench – well-deserved according to those who watch a lot of the youth teams.

Klopp’s Kids feature again

Klopp’s Kids’. It’s been a phrase I’m sure you have all seen lots of times following Sunday, and for good reason.

As expected, Jurgen Klopp has fielded a team full of youngsters tonight as Liverpool’s injury crisis continues to take senior players with each passing fixture.

However, Reds fans will not be worried. After their academy graduates’ display at Wembley on Sunday, Klopp will believe his starting XI can get the job done.

Can the kids do it again?

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) James McConnell and Bobby Clark of Liverpool with the Carabao Cup in the dressing room after the Carabao Cup Final between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Southampton starting XI – EIGHT changes

Well, Russel martin has rung the changes at Anfield.

On such a big night, are you surprised with the 11 Martin has picked?

With Liverpool’s young line-up, you feel the Saints will feel they can win tonight. It’s a big evening for them.

Liverpool starting XI – Koumas, Clark and McConnell start

Klopp’s kids are playing again.

We expected it, Jurgen Klopp has turned to his academy once again as Lewis Koumas makes his debut, Bobby Clark gets his first start, and James McConnell also is in from the beginning.

Mo Salah, Dominic Szoboszlai, and Darwin Nunez miss out again.

FA Cup quarter-final draw RECAP

Well, we could be in for some great ties in the quarter-final.

Let’s have a look at the results of the draw:

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers or Brighton & Hove Albion vs Coventry City
  • Nottingham Forest or Manchester United vs Liverpool or Southampton
  • Chelsea or Leeds United vs Leicester City
  • Manchester City vs Newcastle United

Obviously, the one that catches my eye is that if both Manchester United and Liverpool win tonight, they will face each other at Old Trafford.

Also, Manchester City vs Newcastle could be a great tie, they have had some brilliant games this season already, including in the Carabao Cup, which the Magpies won.

Manchester City vs Newcastle United

I’ll certainly be watching this one!

Chelsea or Leeds United vs Leicester City

Could we have an all-Championship tie?

Not if Chelsea have anything to do with it.

Nottingham Forest or Manchester United vs Liverpool or Southampton

Well, this could go in an entirely different direction, but there is potential for a North West Derby in the quarter-finals.

That is a mouth-watering prospect – not guaranteed of course!

Wolverhampton Wanderers or Brighton & Hove Albion vs Coventry City

Well, both Wolves and Brighton will be happy with this tie – they have to win first though.

Coventry fans, would you like Wolves? There could be a Midlands derby on the cards.

Numbers to look out for

Before it gets underway, let’s see what numbers we need to look out for in this draw:

2. Chelsea or Leeds United

4. Liverpool or Southampton

5. Nottingham Forest or Manchester United

6. Wolverhampton Wanderers or Brighton & Hove Albion

David Seaman, the former Arsenal goalkeeper, is ready to pull the balls out, here we go!

Are you ready for the quarter-final draw?

Right, the FA Cup quarter-final draw is about to start.

What ties will we get, I hope some good ones!

What ties are you hoping to see come out of the hat? Remember, only four teams are through to the next round as it stands.

I will be keeping you up to date with all ties that are made in the draw as they come.

Let’s see what we get then.

Wolves starting XI – Hwang starts

Wolves fans, I bet you are smiling.

After missing last weekend’s win over Sheffield United after getting injured in the warm-up, Hwang Hee-Chan starts tonight.

Gary O’Neil makes five changes to the side from Sunday.

Brighton starting XI – Peupion makes first start

The big news from Molineux is that Australian forward Cameron Peupion starts for Brighton.

Peupion returned to the club after spending the first half of the season on loan at Cheltenham Town.

He has only played one minute of senior football this campaign and this is his first start for the club.

He is one of five changes made by Roberto de Zerbi

‘Pochettino badly needs a win tonight to buy himself time’

Oliver Holt, Mail Chief Sports Writer, at Stamford Bridge

There is a Chelsea supporter behind the home dugout at Stamford Bridge who has been holding up a sign since 90 minutes before kick-off proclaiming that he believes in Mauricio Pochettino.

It is quite a statement of faith given the manner of Chelsea’s defeat to half of Liverpool’s youth team on Sunday but there are still plenty of Chelsea supporters who share the sentiment.

The fault at Chelsea lies squarely with the haphazard recruitment policy. Pochettino is still trying to make sense of it. He badly needs a win tonight to buy himself the time to do it.

Pochettino insists he has backing of Boehly

Mauricio Pochettino has certainly had his critics following Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final disappointment, and it’s clear to see why.

When the side sits 11th in the Premier League and loses a cup final in the manner that his did, you’re always going to come under fire.

However, Pochettino believes he still has the backing of the owners.

They (the owners) showed their support and after the game, Todd sent a nice message.”

It’s not in my hands. We have a very good relationship with the owners, and with the sporting director.

It’s up to them to trust or not. It’s not the coach’s decision.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Behdad Eghbali, Co-Owner of Chelsea, walks with Todd Boehly, Chairman of Chelsea, as they make their way across the pitch after the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg match between Chelsea FC and Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 18, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Leeds starting XI – Farke makes FIVE changes

Is this Leeds strong enough to do damage at Stamford Bridge?

I understand rotating your team, but I must admit, I thought Daniel Farke would pick a stronger side tonight.

There is still bags of attacking threat though, as Dan James comes into the starting 11.

Chelsea starting XI – Poch makes FIVE changes

Well, there you go, this line-up shows how much this competition means to Mauricio Pochettino.

Although he may have made five changes to the side that lost the Carabao Cup final to Liverpool on Sunday, the team is still very strong.

Alfie Gilchrist is the name that pops out to me in this line-up, it’s a big night for the 20-year-old. You can guarantee he will be flying into challenges.

Who will feature for Chelsea?

It will be interesting to see who Mauricio Pochettino goes with tonight.

It’s an important game for them, but after such a grueling battle at the weekend, he may make a lot of changes.

Chelsea fans, who would you go with?

Team news is just moments away!

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Alfie Gilchrist of Chelsea interacts with fans as he arrives at the stadium prior to the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea and Leeds United at Stamford Bridge on February 28, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Chelsea, interacts with fans as he arrives at the stadium prior to the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea and Leeds United at Stamford Bridge on February 28, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Wolves and Brighton beginning to dream of Wembley?

Both Wolves and Brighton sit just two spots apart in the Premier League as they battle for a place in Europe next season.

However, tonight will be big for both clubs for a different reason. Whoever wins at Molineux will start to let themselves dream of Wembley.

The FA Cup is also another route into European football, which we know both teams want to have next season.

Brighton came out 4-1 winners in Wolverhampton back in August in their league clash, however, Gary O’Neil has had his Wolves side firing on all cylinders since then so I can’t see that scoreline happening tonight.

It’s going to be a tight affair, who else is excited for this one?

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Solly March of Brighton & Hove Albion celebrates after scoring the team's third goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove Albion at Molineux on August 19, 2023 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Klopp’s farewell season continues

You could really see the pour-out of emotion from Jurgen Klopp after Sunday’s Carabao Cup triumph – it meant a lot to him.

The German manager even said ‘(It is) easily the most special trophy (I have ever won)’ following the trophy lift, and it’s easy to see why he believes that.

Klopp will not want that to be the last trophy he lifts in the air for Liverpool, they are still fighting on three more fronts, and he will no doubt want the Reds to be back a Wembley in May for the FA Cup final.

Well, the road to Saturday 25 May continues tonight at Anfield, a quick turnaround from their domestic cup win.

Can Klopp’s farewell tour continue in the same vein tonight, let’s find out.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool celebrating the win at the end of the Carabao Cup Final between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

No replays in fifth round

Tonight has the possibility of being a late one for all of us.

There are no replays in the FA Cup from the fifth round onwards, so if any of tonight’s fixtures finish level, they will go to extra-time and then penalties, if needed.

Last night we saw Newcastle beat Blackburn on penalties after their match went the distance. It was an incredible watch.

There was also an extra-time winner from Abdul Fatawu for Leicester as they squeezed past Bournemouth 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium.

An extra 30 minutes is not always the best to watch, but they have been this past week.

I’m sure both Chelsea and Liverpool will want to get it done inside normal time though.

Newcastle United's teammates celebrate after winning, at the end of the extra time, the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United at Ewood Park in Blackburn, north west England on February 27, 2024. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /  (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Chelsea’s season on the line

Tonight is huge for Chelsea.

Sunday’s Carabao Cup final loss to Liverpool was a devastating blow to Mauricio Pochettino and his team. With all the injuries Liverpool had that day, it was a glorious chance for the Blues to pick up silverware, but they just couldn’t take their chances.

Chelsea sit 11th in the Premier League, so realistically, the FA Cup is their last chance for success this season. It is also the most likely route into Europe.

I’m interested to see how they respond tonight against a firing Leeds United – they looked legless at times in extra-time at the weekend.

They will need to get back in their stride early doors this evening, though!

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Ben Chilwell of Chelsea looks dejected at full-time following the team's defeat in the Carabao Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

FA Cup draw

Before tonight’s four FA Cup fifth-round fixtures get underway, we have the small matter of the FA Cup quarter-final draw.

After an emphatic 6-2 win over Luton last night, Manchester City are the standout side in the draw, while Newcastle United, Leicester City, and Coventry City have also secured their spot in the last eight.

The draw is set to take place at 7pm tonight, and we have a separate dedicated live blog that you can follow to see what mouth-watering ties we will possibly get in the next round.

So, which ball numbers do you need to look out for? Teams will be numbered one to eight, and they are as follows:

2. Chelsea or Leeds United

4. Liverpool or Southampton

5. Nottingham Forest or Manchester United

6. Wolverhampton Wanderers or Brighton & Hove Albion

Manchester City's Norwegian striker #09 Erling Haaland (C) celebrates after scoring his team fifth goal during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Luton Town and Manchester City at Kenilworth Road stadium in Luton, central England, on February 27, 2024. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /  (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Tonight’s FA Cup schedule

It’s another big night of domestic football, and not only Chelsea and Liverpool are in fifth-round action tonight.

So, what is on this evening? Let’s have a look:

  • FA Cup quarter-final draw, 19:00 GMT
  • Chelsea vs Leeds United, 19:30 GMT
  • Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United, 19:45 GMT
  • Wolves vs Brighton, 19:45 GMT
  • Liverpool vs Southampton, 20:00 GMT

We will just be covering the games at Stamford Bridge, Anfield, and Molineux in this live blog, but if you fancy seeing what happens at the City Ground, make sure you head over to our text commentary covering Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United.

IPSWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: A detailed view of the FA Cup Trophy prior to the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Ipswich Town and Maidstone United at Portman Road on January 27, 2024 in Ipswich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Good evening!

Another evening = more football!

This is now the fourth day in a row of domestic cup football. It started with Liverpool vs Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final and ends with them both aiming to secure passage into the FA Cup quarter-finals.

For the Blues, tonight is a big match to see how they can recover from the major disappointment of Sunday’s final loss to the Reds.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team face a Leeds United side that are absolutely flying in the Championship after an emphatic 3-1 comeback win over leaders Leicester City. It will not be an easy task for the home side.

Meanwhile, Liverpool left Wembley stadium jubilant after Virgil van Dijk’s 118th-minute winner, but they also left London with 13 senior players on the injury list.

With only four days passing since the final, who will be fit enough to face Southampton tonight? You’d usually expect a young side, but they may be knackered too after several academy graduates featured on Sunday!

Let’s not forget we also have an all-Premier League tie at Molineux tonight, as Wolves take on Brighton.

How will all these sides fare tonight? Stay here to find out.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: General view inside the stadium prior to the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea and Leeds United at Stamford Bridge on February 28, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 28, 2024: A general view ahead of the FA Cup 5th Round match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: General view inside the stadium ahead of the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove Albion at Molineux on February 28, 2024 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)
Key Updates

  • KICK-OFF: Wolves 0-0 Brighton

  • GOAL!!! Chelsea 1-1 Leeds (Jackson 15′)

  • GOAL!!! Chelsea 0-1 Leeds (Joseph 8′)

  • KICK-OFF: Chelsea 0-0 Leeds

  • Southampton starting XI – EIGHT changes

  • Liverpool starting XI – Koumas, Clark and McConnell start

  • FA Cup quarter-final draw RECAP

  • Wolves starting XI – Hwang starts

  • Brighton starting XI – Peupion makes first start

  • Leeds starting XI – Farke makes FIVE changes

  • Chelsea starting XI – Poch makes FIVE changes

  • Tonight’s FA Cup schedule





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