Nine Men Chelsea Defeats Norwich Despite VAR Controversy

Antonio Conte and Chelsea beat Norwich on penalties in the FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday night.

It was a night that English football had its first video refereeing controversy.

The Blues keeper Willy Caballero saved the Canaries’ first penalty from Nelson Oliveira – the only missed kick of the shootout.

Michy Batshuayi had given Chelsea the lead in the 55th minute when he tapped home Kenedy’s cross from close range.

But Jamal Lewis headed home Timm Klose’s cross in injury time to force an extra 30 minutes.

The big moment of controversy came when Willian went down after being caught by Klose in the area, but the Chelsea player was booked for diving.

Video official Mike Jones did not think there was a clear and obvious error with referee Graham Scott’s decision – so they did not review thesituation at length.

But Match Day’s pundits thought it should have beena penalty, with Alan Shearer calling it a “shambles”.

The Blues ended with nine men as Pedro and Alvaro Morata were both dismissed in extra time for two bookings each, with both players shown their first yellows for diving. Morata’s second yellow came for dissent following his reaction to thefirst booking.

Antonio Conte’s Blues host Newcastle United in the fourth round on Sunday, 28 January.