BARNSLEY'S hopes of repeating their celebrated FA Cup win over Chelsea in 2008 were scuppered by Tammy Abraham.

The England striker scored the only goal of the fifth-round tie at chilly Oakwell in the 64th-minute, then denied the Reds what would have been a deserved equaliser when he cleared off the line from substitute Michael Sollbauer 14 minutes from the end.

Chelsea, FA Cup winners in 2018 and three times finalists in the last four seasons, will now host Sheffield United, having been made to work hard for their quarter-final berth by Valerien Ismael's battlers. 

While Barnsley made just one change from the side which drew at Nottingham Forest in the Championship last time out - Victor Adeboyejo for Dominik Frieser - Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel retained just one player, Andreas Christensen, from the starting side which won at Sheffield United in the Premier League.

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But the Londoners still had a dazzling array of talent on display in their second visit to South Yorkshire in five days, including the world's most expensive goalkeeper Kepa, a £72million buy from Athletic Bilbao who has struggled to dislodge usual first choice Edouard Mendy, and top scorer Abraham, who now has 11 this season.

The Blues striker was aiming to get one over on Reds keeper Brad Collins, a teammate in the Chelsea side which claimed the UEFA Youth League title in 2016.

It was the third meeting of these clubs in the FA Cup, and perhaps surprisingly, Barnsley had won both previous ties without conceding a goal, although they were beaten 6-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the third round of the Carabao (League) Cup in September.

Collins kept goal that night, when Abraham scored once, but kept clean sheets in both of Barnsley's previous FA Cup ties this season, against Tranmere Rovers and Norwich City.

Chelsea were pinned in their own half for the first five minutes as Barnsley made an energetic start without actually troubling Kepa.

That changed in the tenth minute, when the Spanish international had to react smartly to thwart Callum Brittain at close quarters after he shrugged off Marcos Alonso to meet an Alex Mowatt cross with a shot.

Chelsea slowly got into the game, and Collins had to backpedal to catch after Toby Sibbick challenged Abraham and the ball looped up into the air.

Soon after, Abraham's penalty claims as he took a tumble when Sibbick challenged him were waved away by referee Martin Atkinson.

Another Abraham appeal, this time after a tackle by Mads Andersen, was rejected after 23 minutes.

Callum Hudson-Odoi broke free down the Chelsea right on 40 minutes and Christian Pulicic met his deep cross but couldn't get his shot on target.

Barnsley came close again from a corner a minute before the break, with Adeboyejo agonisingly close to touching in Conor Chaplin's low drive across goal.

Barnsley's impressive first-half display seemed to have given Tuchel some food for thought, because his side started the second half with Reece James and Antonio Rudiger on in place of Alonso and Christensen.

The home side made a double change of their own on 58 minutes, when Chaplin and Adeboyejo made way for Frieser and new American loan signing Daryl Dike, who was making his Barnsley debut.

Chelsea were looking sharper this half, and after Callum Hudson-Odoi weaved his way into the area and shot narrowly wide and Rudiger headed just off target from Hakim Ziyech's delivery, Abraham opened the scoring after 64 minutes, tapping home from close range from Reece James' pass.

There was a hint of offside, but with VAR not in use in this tie, referee Atkinson's decision stood unchallenged, just as it had done for Abraham's penalty claims. 

Ziyech was replaced by teenager Tino Anjorin after 68 minutes, while Barnsley soon made three more changes, Jordan Williams and Romal Palmer replacing Brittain and Herbie Kane on 72 minutes and Sollbauer coming on for Sibbick after 75.

Sollbauer almost made an instant impact when he hooked a Mowatt free-kick goalwards, but the effort was headed off the line by the busy Abraham.

Barnsley: Collins, Sibbick (Sollbauer, 75), Helik, Andersen, Brittain (J Williams, 72), Kane (Palmer, 72), Mowatt, Styles, Adeboyejo (Frieser, 58), Woodrow, Chaplin (Dike, 58). Subs not used: Moon, Oduor, Thompson, Walton.

Chelsea: Kepa, Emerson, Christensen (Rudiger, HT), Zouma, Alonso (James, HT), Gilmour, Kante, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech (Anjorin, 68), Pulisic (Kovacic, 80), Abraham. Subs not used: Chilwell, Azpilicueta, Bate, Giroud, Caballero.

Referee Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire). 

AS IT HAPPENED
  • 7:19pm
    Barnsley side to face Chelsea in the FA Cup 5th round. Collins; Sibbick, Helik, Andersen; Brittain, Mowatt, Kane, Styles; Chaplin, Woodrow, Adeboyejo. Subs: Walton, J Williams, Sollbauer, Moon, Oduor, Palmer, Frieser, Dike, Thompson.
  • 7:21pm
    Chelsea: Kepa; Emerson, Christensen, Zouma, Alonso; Gilmour, Kante, Hudson-Odoi; Ziyech, Pulisic, Abraham. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, James, Chilwell, Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Bate, Anjorin, Giroud.
  • 7:28pm
    Tonight's game is Barnsley's first in 12 days since a 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest. The unexpected rest may have done the Reds a favour, with new signing Daryl Dike afforded some extra time to settle in and a number of players back in contention after periods on the sidelines.
  • 7:29pm
    Reds head coach Valerien Ismael has Aapo Halme, Romal Palmer and Toby Sibbick back in contention after injury, The latter starts, while Palmer is on the bench and Halme isn't in the squad.
  • 7:30pm
    “Firstly, we had such a month in December, and that has given us experience in how to best manage the time between the games,” explained Ismael. “Secondly, we have a lot of young guys who recover well from match to match. And thirdly, after our work in the transfer window, we have more possibilities in terms of the players in the squad.
  • 7:39pm
    Head coach Ismael knows new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel from his time in the Bundesliga. As Wolfsburg head coach, Ismael succumbed to a 3-0 loss at the Signal Iduna Park to Tuchel's Dortmund - before leaving the role eight days later when he was sacked.
  • 7:41pm
    Barnsley skipper Alex Mowatt is leaving contract talks to his agent as he focuses on his football. The much-admired midfielder’s current deal runs out this summer, and while the Reds offered a new deal last month, Mowatt has yet to commit his future to the club.
  • 7:43pm
    Barnsley chief executive Dane Murphy has insisted the Reds are the former Leeds United player’s ‘number one option’. And Mowatt, who turns 26 tomorrow, says he is happy at Oakwell and enjoying life under head coach Valerien Ismael, who was appointed as Gerhard Struber’s replacement in October.
  • 7:43pm
    “With the age I am, it’s a massive decision, with a lot to consider, so I wanted to take some time and leave discussions with my agent so I can concentrate on my football. I want to play the best I can every match and I don’t want any distractions,” he said.
  • 7:48pm
    American striker Daryl Dike will be hoping to make an impact from the bench. The 20-year-old striker from Oklahoma joined the Reds on loan from Major League Soccer club Orlando City until the end of the season ahead of the transfer deadline.
  • 7:49pm
    Chief executive Dane Murphy, who played in the MLS for both DC United and New York Cosmos, said: “I have followed Daryl’s career for a long time. He went to the same university as I did and did extremely well. Obviously I follow the MLS and he’s been a stand-out.
  • 7:49pm
    “We kept tabs on him and the immigration policies changed on January 1, which meant that a player who is involved in the national team set-up and who is under 21 could become available. He made his international debut on Sunday and that meant he could move to us. We were happy when he came off the bench.”
  • 8:00pm
    The sides are doing their final warm-ups ahead of kick-off in a few minutes.
  • 8:01pm
    1 The Reds get the game underway and immediately fire it into the far corner and commence their pressing game.
  • 8:02pm
    2 An early corner for Barnsley as Callum Styles is pressured on the left wing. Callum Brittain takes and it's cleared for Barnsley to keep possession, but Herbie Kane takes it out for a throw.
  • 8:05pm
    3 An effort from the right of goal is hit high and wide by Cauley Woodrow as he receives it from Callum Brittain.
  • 8:06pm
    6 Barnsley are working the pressing well, not affording Chelsea's more technical players such as Hakim Ziyech time on the ball.
  • 8:08pm
    7 Herbie Kane's long throw from the left finds its way back to the midfielder, who lays it off for Callum Styles to play into the box. It's cleared.
  • 8:08pm
    8 Herbie Kane strikes from outside the box after Alex Mowatt tries to dart through with a good piece of dribbling. Kane's shot is poor and rolls wide of the left post.
  • 8:11pm
    10 Great chance for Barnsley. Alex Mowatt receives a good one-touch ball over the top from Herbie Kane and the skipper jinks past Callum Hudson-Odoi, playing it in with his right. Neither Callum Brittain nor Cauley Woodrow can get a decent foot to the ball in the six yard box and it's scrambled clear.
  • 8:12pm
    10 Great chance for Barnsley. Alex Mowatt receives a good one-touch ball over the top from Herbie Kane and the skipper jinks inside, playing it in with his right. Neither Callum Brittain nor Cauley Woodrow can get a decent foot to the ball in the six yard box and it's scrambled clear after Kepa does well to keep out Brittain's effort.
  • 8:19pm
    19 Barnsley have certainly started the brighter, more composed and perhaps more threatening of the two sides. But Chelsea, with the likes of £57m Christian Pulisic and £33m Hakim Ziyech, only need one mistake to go ahead.
  • 8:21pm
    20 A penalty shout for the visitors is turned down by referee Martin Atkinson. Tammy Abraham was played through by Billy Gilmour and went down under Toby Sibbick's challenge, but the centre-back was adjudged to have nicked the ball.
  • 8:22pm
    22 A long throw from the right by Herbie Kane is pulled back for a Reds foul in the box.
  • 8:24pm
    23 Tammy Abraham again goes down in the box as he tries to connect with Hakim Ziyech's cross from deep, but gets nothing from the ref. Callum Styles nods it back to Brad Collins.
  • 8:26pm
    25 A flowing Chelsea move is stopped expertly by Michal Helik. Callum Hudson Odoi latched onto Hakim Ziyech's first time ball down the line, but Helik was a yard in front of Tammy Abraham to sweep the ball out.
  • 8:26pm
    25 Alex Mowatt clears from the resulting corner as Billy Gilmour tries to slide the ball into the box.
  • 8:27pm
    27 Cauley Woodrow battles well and wins the ball over Andreas Christensen on the halfway line. He advances and plays in Alex Mowatt from the left, but the skipper's effort as he darts into the channel is wayward.
  • 8:30pm
    29 Chelsea have wrestled control of the pace of the game in the last 15 minutes or so, having dominated the ball. The Reds still look like they have a goal in them on the counter.
  • 8:32pm
    32 Michal Helik with another solid piece of defending against the threatening Callum Hudson Odoi, pressuring the winger out of play for a goal kick as he tried to dribble into the box.
  • 8:34pm
    33 Some good one-touch play from the Reds, with Victor Adeboyejo laying it off for Herbie Kane who found Alex Mowatt on the left. He played it towards Callum Brittain at the back post but Kurt Zouma got his head to it to concede a corner.
  • 8:37pm
    36 Barnsley pepper the Chelsea box with crosses, first from Alex Mowatt and then from Callum Brittain, and win a throw for their efforts.
  • 8:42pm
    41 A quick break from Chelsea ends with Christian Pulisic sending a weak effort wide of the left post. The American found Callum Hudson Odoi's run with a slick through ball after dribbling through the middle, and then got to the far post to meet his high ball into the box.
  • 8:45pm
    44 Alex Mowatt's delivery from a corner on the right is well worked, a low ball that finds Conor Chaplin who lays it off for Callum Brittain. The wing-back's effort agonisingly deflects wide off of VIctor Adeboyejo's thigh, as it looked to be on target at the very least.
  • 8:46pm
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0, Chelsea 0. An entertaining tussle.
  • 9:04pm
    46 The second half is underway.
  • 9:05pm
    47 Conor Chaplin swings an effort wide of the right post after Barnsley's three forwards press well. Starting as they left off.
  • 9:07pm
    48 Chelsea have switched to a more conventional 4-3-3 shape with Reece James coming on as a half-time sub for Marcos Alonso. Emerson has moved to left-back, with Callum Hudson Odoi swapping from his right wing-back position to the left wing and James in at right-back. They've also brought on Antonio Rudiger at centre-back for Andreas Christensen.
  • 9:11pm
    52 Cauley Woodrow is back defending and heads away a corner from the left. The striker has worked as hard as ever this evening.
  • 9:15pm
    56 Barnsley are getting a foothold on the right wing, with Callum Brittain and then Herbie Kane playing some good balls in. Moments later, Cauley Woodrow gets the ball on the opposite side from Alex Mowatt's through pass, and looks towards goal, but is pressured well by Antonio Rudiger.
  • 9:16pm
    59 Callum Hudson Odoi fires inches past the right post from the left as he surges into the box. Good effort, narrowly wide.
  • 9:17pm
    SUB OFF
    59 Double change as Victor Adeboyejo and Conor Chaplin make way.
  • 9:17pm
    SUB ON
    59 Daryl Dike makes his debut. Dominik Frieser also comes on.
  • 9:20pm
    61 Antonio Rudiger heads wide of the near post from Hakim Ziyech's free kick. Callum Hudson Odoi was the man fouled on the left wing.
  • 9:23pm
    GOAL!
    64 Tammy Abraham slots in from Reece James' cross.
  • 9:31pm
    72 Callum Hudson Odoi fires over after cutting inside from the left. Chelsea are fully in control here.
  • 9:31pm
    SUB OFF
    73 Another double change as Herbie Kane and Callum Brittain make way.
  • 9:32pm
    SUB ON
    73 Romal Palmer and Jordan Williams come on.
  • 9:34pm
    75 Chelsea are content to pass it around the back, and always seem to have a man spare to pass to. They look very unlikely to concede any more major chances.
  • 9:34pm
    SUB OFF
    76 Toby Sibbick makes way.
  • 9:34pm
    SUB ON
    76 Michael Sollbauer.
  • 9:37pm
    78 Tammy Abraham saves his team at the other end after his goalscoring exploits. Alex Mowatt's free kick from the left is sent towards goal by Michael Sollbauer, but Abraham managed to nod his looping effort over the bar for a corner.
  • 9:38pm
    SUB OFF
    80 Christian Pulisic.
  • 9:38pm
    SUB ON
    80 Mateo Kovacic.
  • 9:40pm
    82 Cauley Woodrow is body-checked by Reece James in a good position to put the ball into the box from the left.
  • 9:41pm
    83 Romal Palmer's free kick fails to clear the first man and then the midfielder concedes a goal kick as he tries to get past the defender.
  • 9:45pm
    86 Daryl Dike gets the run on the defender after good pressing play from Michael Sollbauer, but the forward can't get a convincing strike away from the right of goal.
  • 9:46pm
    88 Daryl Dike then judged to be offside from a similar position as his powerful effort sails over the bar.
  • 9:47pm
    89 A corner from the right for the Reds as Dominik Frieser's long throw from the same side is cleared.
  • 9:49pm
    ADDED TIME
    3 minutes added time.
  • 9:49pm
    90+1 Barnsley push everyone up as they get a free kick on the halfway line for offside, which keeper Brad Collins takes and forces a throw in on the left.
  • 9:50pm
    90+ 2 Michal Helik heads into Kepa's arms as a long ball is played to the right post.
  • 9:51pm
    90+3 Alex Mowatt wins a free kick, 40 yards out. It's played towards Michal Helik but the defender gives away a free kick as he challenges for the ball.
  • 9:53pm
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 0, Chelsea 1. Tammy Abraham's 64th minute goal proves to be the winner.