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Played
January 27, 2013 7:00 AM EST
Griffin Park — Brentford, Middlesex
Referee:‬ J. Moss‎
Attendance:‬ 12146‎
 
Oscar 55′
73′ (PG) Harry Forrester
Top of the Match
Harry Forrester
Harry Forrester
Brentford
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Chelsea
Flop of the Match
Ross Turnbull
Ross Turnbull
Chelsea
Ross Turnbull
Ross Turnbull
Chelsea

Brentford 2-2 Chelsea: Torres saves Chelsea with late equalizer to force replay

The League One outfit almost shocked the defending champion at Griffin Park but couldn't hold onto two one-goal leads as the teams brace for a fourth-round replay.

By Husmukh Kerai

FA Cup: Gary Cahill -Harry Forrester, Brentford v Chelsea
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Chelsea twice fought back from a goal down, with Fernando Torres' late goal forcing a 2-2 draw against League One side Brentford that takes their fourth-round FA Cup tie to a replay at Stamford Bridge.

Brentford's Marcelo Trotta opened the scoring only to have his effort cancelled out by Oscar just after halftime. Chelsea goalkeeper Ross Turnbull committed a foul in the area that led to Harry Forrester's go-ahead penalty, but Torres rescued the Blues with an 83rd-minute curling strike to keep the defending FA Cup champion alive. Chelsea may feel that it deserved to win outright, with Juan Mata's stoppage time cross appearing to be handled by a defender in the area, but no penalty was granted.

The hosts settled into the game well, forcing their more-heralded counterparts on the back foot, and they went close to going ahead when a defensive mix-up between John Terry and Turnbull resorted in an indirect free kick inside the box that Forrester blazed just over the bar.

The Bees forward came close for the hosts again just before the half-hour mark, as he wriggled past three players on the left flank before cutting inside and unleashing a fierce drive over Turnbull's bar.

The breakthrough eventually came three minutes before halftime. It was Forrester again who stung the hands of Turnbull with a shot from range after dispossessing Frank Lampard, but the Chelsea keeper could only parry as far as Trotta, who made no mistake in drilling home the finish.

Benitez brought on Juan Mata for Marko Marin after the break as Chelsea hoped to find a way back into the tie, and it did not take the Blues long, as Oscar plucked a looping ball out of the air just outside the box before stepping past one defender and prodding a clever finish past Simon Moore.

Just when Chelsea looked to have a grip on the game, Turnbull brought down Tom Adeyemi as the Brentford substitute raced through on goal, and Forrester stepped and confidently tucked the penalty into the bottom left corner in the 73rd minute.

Brentford defended stoically to hold on to the lead but could do nothing about Torres' wonderfully shaped effort into the top corner in the 83rd minute after fine link-up play with Demba Ba, forcing another match between the two sides to determine which moves on to the fifth round of the tournament.
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Brentford

31
Simon Moore
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Lee Hodson
Defender
3.00
38
Shaleum Logan
Defender
3.50
-
Tony Craig
Defender
3.00
-
Adam John Forshaw
Midfielder
84′
3.00
-
Harlee Dean
Midfielder
3.00
-
Jonathan Douglas
Midfielder
3.00
21
Toumani Diagouraga
Midfielder
3.00
-
3.50
-
4.00
42
3.50

Chelsea

1.00
21
Ross Turnbull
Goalkeeper
71′
3.00
3
Ashley Cole
Defender
3.00
2
3.00
24
Gary Cahill
Defender
44′
2.50
26
John Terry
Defender
2.50
23
2.50
8
Frank Lampard
Midfielder
2.00
21
Marko Marin
Midfielder
46′
3.50
11
Oscar
Midfielder
55′
3.00
7
Ramires
Midfielder
3.00
9

Substitutes

16
Richard Lee
Goalkeeper
 - 
16
2.00
-
Jake Reeves
Midfielder
 - 
-
Stuart Dallas
Midfielder
 - 
7
Sam Saunders
Midfielder
84′
2.50
17
Tom Adeyemi
Midfielder
70′
3.00
9
Paul Hayes
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
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3.00
28
 - 
27
Nathan Ake
Defender
 - 
20
 - 
30
Yossi Benayoun
Midfielder
3.00
19
Demba Ba
Striker
82′
3.00
8
Juan Mata
Midfielder
46′

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