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Chelsea Win Carabao Cup Penalty Shootout After Dire Dier Miss

Chelsea will meet Manchester City next month in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley after seeing off Tottenham Hotspur in the semi final.

Spurs led 1-0 heading into the second leg, but with Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Heung-min Son missing for the visitors, they still faced a difficult task to advance at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea, who have faced striker problems of their own, await the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain. But they still managed to take a two-goal lead at half time.

N’Golo Kante opened the scoring with a strike from outside the box that somehow stayed largely en route to goal despite three players getting within range of its path.

Eden Hazard gave Chelsea the edge in aggregate following a quick free kick from the halfway line that saw him combine well with Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta to finish off a sweeping move.

Chelsea dominated the attacking play, but Spurs earned a goal back soon after the break with their only shot on target.

Fernando Llorente has struggled to fill the boots of the injured Kane, scoring an own goal and missing a great heading opportunity against Fulham at the weekend.

But the header he fired home here from Danny Rose’s cross was actually a more difficult chance, with the Spaniard doing well to get enough on the ball to head it past Kepa in goal.

Though substitute Lucas Moura had a good chance from a Paulo Gazzaniga long ball, Chelsea had the lion’s share of opportunities thereafter, with Olivier Giroud missing inside the box in added time.

With the overall tie at 2-2 after 90 minutes, it was time for a penalty shootout.

Some fine attempts from both sides saw it pegged at 2-2 when Eric Dier stepped up for Spurs. The midfielder scored one against Colombia in England’s last 16 shootout victory at the World Cup, but on this occasion he hoofed it over the bar to rapturous Stamford Bridge cheers.

To rub salt into the wound, Jorginho stroked home the most delicate penalty you’re likely to see to put Chelsea 3-2 ahead.

Lucas had his strike saved before David Luiz’s monstrous run-up and shot sealed the home side’s passage into the final.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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