Brentford vs. Chelsea: FA Cup 4th Round Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Some may say that the FA Cup has lost some of its magic in recent years, but a four-goal performance between Chelsea and Brentford won't have let on to that fact as the two sides shared the spoils after seeing out a terrific 2-2 draw.
The home side went ahead on two occasions thanks to goals from Marcello Trotta and Harry Forrester, respectively, but equalisers from Oscar and Fernando Torres ensures that the two sides will meet again at Stamford Bridge for a Fourth Round replay.
Brentford Starting XI: Moore; Logan, Dean, Craig, Hodson; Douglas, Diagouraga; Donaldson, Forshaw, Forrester; Trotta
Brentford Subs: Lee, Barron, Saunders, Adeyemi, Dallas, Reeves, Hayes
Scorers: Trotta (43') Forrester (72')
Chelsea Starting XI: Turnbull; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Marin, Oscar, Bertrand; Torres
Chelsea Subs: Hilario, Azpilicueta, Ferreira, Ake, Benayoun, Mata, Ba
Scorers: Oscar (54') Torres (84')
Griffin Park erupts with a single, unified cheer as the home support are evidently proud of the performance laid on by the Bees this afternoon, and rightly so.
Goals from Marcello Trotta and Harry Forrester weren't enough to see Brentford through in the end but a Stamford Bridge replay makes for good viewing if this first instalment is anything to go by.
63 years since these two last met and the rivalry was well and truly revived in what was a highly entertaining four-goal display.
90'+4—BREN 2-2 CHEL
Juan Mata goes bonkers as he appeal to Jonathan Moss for a penalty after seeing what he judges to be a Harlee Dean hand ball inside the area.
On replay, one can see that it should have been a penalty but Moss' position made it impossible to see.
90'+3—BREN 2-2 CHEL
A searching, lofted effort attempts to find Mata inside the Bees' bos but is just too high for the nippy winger to bring down, going out for a goal kick.
90'+2—BREN 2-2 CHEL
Were told that there will be four minutes of added time.
Two minutres for Chelsea to win this. Two minutes for Brentford to survive.
Torres seems to have suddenly he's remembered he's a footballer.— Matt Hughes (@MattHughesTimes) January 27, 2013
90'—BREN 2-2 CHEL
Despite conceding two goals, Tony Craig and Harlee Dean have been monumental in the Brentford defence at times today and continue to repel the oncoming Torres/Ba combination.
87'—BREN 2-2 CHEL
The Brentford players are tired and it's beginning to tell as the hosts extend just about every phase they can in an attempt to wind down the clock.
Where once the Bees might have hoped to win this game outright, a replay at Stamford Bridge is now looking like the more hopeful outcome.
That pressure mentioned earlier has told as well after Fernando Torres latches onto the end of a desperate Demba Ba scrapped pass, but rounding Simon Moore's reach excellently from the edge of the area.
All it took was one touch from the Spaniard, making you wonder why he can't produce that sort of majesty on a more regular basis.
Benitez uses his third and final sub, putting Ba on in place of Ryan Bertrand.
That's both Bees' goalscorers off now as Harry Forrester is replaced by Scott Barron.
Ivanovic makes way with Cesar Azpilicueta taking his place at right back.
79'—BREN 2-1 CHEL
Branislav Ivanovic shows some superb athleticism and acrobatically latches onto the end of an air ball, delivering a vicious bicycle kick that Simon Moore does well to save.
We may be set for your usual last 10 minutes of "pressure onslaught" here.
76'—BREN 2-1 CHEL
Again, it was Diagouraga that pulled the strings in putting Adeyemi through on goal with Ross Turnbull.
The Frenchman's been truly impressive at times today.
75'—YELLOW CARD (Turnbull)
Ross Turnbull was given a yellow card for that alleged foul on Tom Adeyemi.
2-1 to the Bees and it's that man, Harry Forrester, that puts his side back into the lead and back into FA Cup contention, slotting well to Ross Turnbull's right.
72'—PENALTY GIVEN! (Brentford)
Seconds after coming on, Adeyemi is judged to have been brought down by Ross Turnbull inside the Chelsea box after poking the ball past the 'keeper and going down.
Looking at replays, it wasn't a penalty for me, but the amount of contact is often hard to judge in these instances.
Marcello Trotta trots off to Grifin Park applause and is replaced by Tom Adeyemi.
68'—BREN 1-1 CHEL
Brentford are really struggling to get forward with the same intensity as they were in the first period and you feel as if certain players, such as Toumani Diagouraga, are being tracked out of the game by Chelsea's stars.
65'—BREN 1-1 CHEL
Guillem Balague clearly agrees with the decision to put his compatriot on in place of Marin..
good substitution at half time for Chelsea...— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 27, 2013
62'—BREN 1-1 CHEL
Level or not, the Brentford spirit is far from as damp as today's conditions and the home side continue to stray forward, albeit not with the same frequency as they were in the first half.
Juan Mata's introduction has shown a significant injection of pace and creativity for the visitors, but the pressure remains mounted upon Rafa Benitez and his merry men.
58'—BREN 1-1 CHEL
Although matter sare from from decided yet, you feel it's hard to see Brentford going up twice in this fixture as Chelsea only grow into their superior stance following some halftime words.
Harlee Dean heads a surging pass high into the air in his own area and Oscar collects the ball deftly before prodding a sumptuously curled effort past Simon Moore and into the Brentford net.
Quite simply, that was fantastic from the Brazilian and there was little the hosts could have done to prevent it.
52'—BREN 1-0 CHEL
Mata is already exerting his influence on the fixture and is unfortunate not to contribute to something more successful after sending Oscar through on goal.
The Brazilian is swiftly crowded out by Dean and Craig however, before clearing the ball to safety.
49'—BREN 1-0 CHEL
Already, it appears that Chelsea have had a little fire lit under them at halftime and come out for the second half in a more gung-ho fashion than witnessed in the first 45 minutes.
Frank Lampard stands over a free-kick on the left corner of the Brentford box after Fernando Torres was fouled but the hosts get in the block to clear their lines.
Imagine Chelsea, Fulham and QPR lose in 4th rd of the Cup and only Brentford go through - shift in balance of power in West London?— Ian Abrahams (@BroadcastMoose) January 27, 2013
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