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Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle United (4-2 pens): Pochettino’s men get into the semi-finals of Carabao Cup

Chelsea secured their spot in the Carabao Cup semi-final with a dramatic victory over Newcastle United on Tuesday evening.

Despite gifting Callum Wilson an opening goal due to some of the worst imaginable defending, Chelsea managed to equalize in stoppage time with Mykhailo Mudryk’s 92nd-minute effort, leading the match to penalties.

While Chelsea successfully scored all four penalty kicks, Kieran Trippier missed wide, and keeper Djordje Petrovic denied Matt Ritchie’s decisive effort, guiding Chelsea through to the final four with his safe hands.

Conor Gallagher initiated the game’s first significant opportunity, hitting the crossbar from a distance six minutes in. Positioned on the edge of the box, the English international elegantly curled the ball, which hit the frame of Martin Dubravka’s goal.

Chelsea vs Newcastle: Mudryk to the rescue

Newcastle took the lead ten minutes later, capitalizing on a counter-attack after Levi Colwill’s errant pass. Callum Wilson penetrated Chelsea’s entire back line, appearing to lose possession to Benoit Badiashile. However, Badiashile’s failure to control the ball inadvertently returned it to Wilson, who capitalized on the comedic sequence to score.

Chelsea, in their pursuit of an equalizer, witnessed Raheem Sterling’s wide strike and a powerful effort cleared off the line by Bruno Guimaraes. Armando Broja’s apparent equalizer was disallowed for offside in the 38th minute, a decision confirmed by replays.

Despite commanding 76% possession in the first half with just one shot on target, Chelsea displayed more urgency after the break. However, Martin Dubravka in the Newcastle goal remained largely untested.

The introduction of Christopher Nkunku aimed to invigorate Chelsea, but the Frenchman struggled to make a significant impact. In stoppage time, substitute Mykhailo Mudryk capitalized on a mistake by Kieran Trippier, leveling the score and leading the game to penalties.

Chelsea took the advantage in the penalty shootout after Cole Palmer’s successful kick, though Callum Wilson equalized. Conor Gallagher, Bruno Guimaraes, and Mykhailo Mudryk all converted their penalties, while Kieran Trippier’s miss and Matt Ritchie’s denied effort by keeper Djordje Petrovic secured Chelsea’s place in the semi-final, with Petrovic as the hero.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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