Chelsea secured safe passage through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup with a 2-1 home win over manager-less Everton on Wednesday evening.
?It was a quiet opening inside an expecting Stamford Bridge, considering the visitors’ current turmoil, with some fancy trickery from Davide Zappacosta and a long-range effort from
The 24-year-old was left unmarked at the back post as Charly Musonda’s cross floated past all inside the area before being lobbed back across goal and home by the German, who managed to direct his effort whilst running away from goal – an extremely difficult skill.
The remainder of the first half seemed to drift out, however, with neither side offering much, but the Toffees certainly started the brighter in the second, forcing Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero into two impressive close-range saves from Wayne Rooney and Aaron Lennon.
They’ve just had to retake the kick-off because Wayne Rooney was in the wrong half.
— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) October 25, 2017
Everton continued to turn the screw as the second half progressed, and again asked questions by forcing the west Londoners’ custodian into a duo of fantastic stops.
The first came again from close range, as the Argentine denied defender
Just two minutes later Caballero was at it again, this time from the edge of the area as Kevin Mirallas received the ball from Lennon before swivelling and unleashing his effort which called for another smart stop.
However, the Merseysiders’ lacklustre finishing was almost punished again with less than 15 minutes to go, as the Blues’ weekend hero
Hope that shuts the haters up!!!! What a beautifully worked goal Willian you deserve that my guy ????
— Jess ??? (@jess__chelsea) October 25, 2017
Following that it looked as though the tie was set to fizzle out in a similar vein to the first-half, however as the clock entered time added on Willian produced a stroke of genius, which in the end was vital to sending Chelsea through.
The Brazil international’s first thought was to keep a late corner in the Everton half, however after smartly tricking his way past Tom Davies and playing a neat one-two with Alvaro Morata on the edge of the area, the 29-year-old elected to unleash a bending shot which left Pickford in the Toffees goal with no chance as it cannoned in off the far post.
You would imagine at this point that the drooping heads of the travelling Merseysiders would be almost touching grass, however youngster