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FA Cup Rewind: City 0-0 Chelsea

5 January 2018

Norwich City host Chelsea in the Emirates FA Cup third round on Saturday (5:30pm), almost 16 years to the day since the two sides last met at this stage of the competition.

Here, we take a look at how the action unfolded when Claudio Ranieri's Blues made the trip to Carrow Road on Saturday, January 5, 2002 to face Nigel Worthington's side.


Chelsea came into the game making five changes from their 4-2 Premier Division defeat to Southampton, with Marcel Desailly and Gianfranco Zola among those promoted to the XI.

City, meanwhile, had to do without the services of regular frontman Iwan Roberts through injury - while in-form forward David Nielsen was inelegible.

The visitors spurned early chances through Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Desailly, before the hosts lost Phil Mulryne to injury on 18 minutes.

Zola threatened from a set-piece as the Blues continued to press, with the Canaries resisting the pressure to hold out until the interval.

At that point it would be the away side forced into a change; the imposing Desailly withdrawn to be replaced by John Terry.

After Le Saux fired over from the right, City saw their chance and began to attack with greater vigour than they had been able to throughout the match.

Paul McVeigh's jaunt down the left forced goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini into his first save of the afternoon, before a William Gallas block denied Marc Libbra.

Cudicini again saved his side by frustrating Darren Kenton, before producing a remarkable double-stop to keep out efforts from substitute Mark Rivers.

The heroics of the Italian - who is now part of Chelsea's coaching staff - ultimately ensured the game ended 0-0, setting up a replay at Stamford Bridge.

That game proved to be a less even affair, with Zola netting a stunning back-heel volley as the top-tier outfit eventually progressed to the next round with a 4-0 victory.

Chelsea would ultimately go all the way to the final before losing to Arsenal, while City's season ended at the Millenium Stadium where they were beaten on penalties in the Division One play-off final by Birmingham City.

Norwich City XI: Green; Kenton, Fleming, Mackay, Drury; Nedergaard (Rivers, 75), Mulryne (Russell, 18), Holt, McVeigh; Notman, Libbra (Llewellyn, 90). Subs not used: Crichton (GK), Sutch.

Chelsea XI: Cudicini; Ferrer (Melchiot, 45), Gallas, Desailly (Terry, 45), Babayaro; Dalla Bonna, Jokanovic, Le Saux; Forsell (Lampard, 72), Hasselbaink, Zola. Subs not used: De Goey (GK), Keenan.


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