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Alvaro Morata sends Chelsea into Carabao Cup semi-finals

The Spain international stepped off the bench to send Chelsea into the last four

FOOTBALL 21/12/17 12:06
Alvaro Morata sends Chelsea into Carabao Cup semi-finals

Alvaro Morata’s stoppage-time strike sent Chelsea into the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 defeat of Bournemouth.

Willian had given Chelsea a 13th-minute lead, but the Blues invited pressure and Dan Gosling equalised in the 90th minute.

But Chelsea attacked from the restart and Eden Hazard back heeled into the path of fellow substitute Morata, who tucked in to send the Blues through.

What they said

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte: “This is a remarkable achievement for us. The players deserve to have this night. It was important, because to go and to play 30 minutes more, I think it was a bit dangerous. We had a great reaction.”

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: “It feels heartbreaking. The players gave everything to get back into that game tonight. I was hoping it would go into extra-time and we could have a go at winning the game.”

Tweet of the match

Star man – Ethan Ampadu

Ethan Ampadu
The Wales international started in central defence for the first time for Chelsea (Nigel French/Empics)

The 17-year-old oozed calmness at the heart of the Blues’ defence. Kept it simple on the ball and held shape well.

Moment of the match

Morata squeezed home the injury-time winner after exchanging passes with Hazard – just when Bournemouth thought Gosling’s equaliser had taken the tie into extra time.

A night for missed opportunities

Both coaches handed a host of fringe players the chance to impress and force the issue for future selection. Both bosses will end the night largely unimpressed with those seeking to prove a point. Michy Batshuayi struggled for fluency for the hosts, while the likes of Jordon Ibe again came up short for Bournemouth.


Chelsea: Willy Caballero 6, Antonio Rudiger 6, Ethan Ampadu 8, Gary Cahill 6, Davide Zappacosta 6, Danny Drinkwater 6, Cesc Fabregas 7, Kennedy 7, Willian 7, Michy Batshuayi 6, Pedro 6. Subs: Tiemoue Bakayoko (for Pedro, 60) 6, Alvaro Morata (for Batshuayi, 73) 8, Eden Hazard (for Willian, 60) 8.

Bournemouth: Artur Boruc 6, Adam Smith 5, Simon Francis 6, Steve Cook 5, Jack Simpson 6, Andrew Surman 6, Lys Mousset 5 , Dan Gosling 7, Harry Arter 5, Ryan Fraser 5, Jermain Defoe 5. Subs: Jordon Ibe (for Defoe, 16) 5, Callum Wilson (for Mousset, 71) 6, Lewis Cook (for Arter, 73) 6.

Who’s up next?

Everton v Chelsea (Premier League, December 23)

Man City v Bournemouth (Premier League, December 23)

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