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Blues Avoid Shock Cup Exit

Cup holders Chelsea were given a massive scare as they were held to a 2-2 draw by League One side Brentford in round four of the FA Cup at Griffin Park on Sunday.

The Blues had an early chance when Ashley Cole went storming down the left, but Fernando Torres failed to make anything of the cross from the left-back.

There were some encouraging signs for the home side when Fulham’s on-loan striker Marcello Trotta had a shot on goal, but sliced his opportunity just wide.

It was nearly a calamitous return to the starting XI for Chelsea skipper John Terry as he was penalised for a back pass to Ross Turnbull. With the free-kick teed up inside the area, Harry Forrester buckled to the pressure and blasted the chance well into the stands.

The Bees continued to build pressure and eventually took the lead three minutes before the break when Trotta knocked home a rebound after Turnbull spilled Forrester’s initial curling shot.

After the break, Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez introduced Juan Mata from the bench and within ten minutes the equaliser came when Emboaba Oscar produced a magnificent solo run and slotted the ball home.

It could easily have been two goals in two minutes as Mata drew out a sharp save from Simon Moore.

But it was Brentford who restored their lead when Forrester blasted home a penalty after Turnbull illegally brought down an onrushing Tom Adeyemi.

Chelsea had a glorious chance with nine minutes to go, but Ryan Bertrand saw his header brilliantly tipped over the bar by Moore. The Blues, however, did not have to wait long for their second equaliser as Torres curled in a brilliant shot from outside the area to secure a replay at Stamford Bridge.

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