Harry Kane scored the winning goal from the penalty spot, as Tottenham Hotspur beat Chelsea 1-0 in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Wembley, uniquesports reports.
In an engrossing cup tie, Harry Kane was upended by Kepa Arrizabalaga inside the box midway through the first half.
Referee Michael Oliver awarded the penalty, after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) intervened, following an initial call for offside.
Kane tucked the penalty away in the 27th minute, but Chelsea ended the first half on top as N’Golo Kante and Callum Hudson-Odoi hit the woodwork.
Chelsea dominated the ball in the second half, but failed to find the net as Andreas Christensen missed a fine chance at the far post.
The win gives Spurs have the advantage going into the second leg at Stamford Bridge on January 24.
Europa League: I hope to meet Napoli in final – Sarri
Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, has said he hopes to meet Napoli in the Europa League final.
Sarri stated this, after watching Chelsea storm into the quarter-finals, thanks to a 5-0 thrashing of Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine.
A hat-trick from Olivier Giroud, along with strikes from Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi, built on Chelsea’s 3-0 victory from the first leg at Stamford Bridge.
Napoli advanced 4-3 on aggregate against RB Salzburg, after falling to a 3-1 defeat in Austria.
“I prefer to find them in the final,” Chelsea’s head coach said when informed that Napoli had also qualified.
“It means we are in the final, that would make me happy and Napoli are in the final and that would make me happy.
“It would be difficult to play them with my history with the club.”
Europa League: Chelsea, Arsenal qualify for quarter-final
Chelsea and Arsenal will fly the Premier League’s flag in the Europa League quarter-final this season.
The Blues, who were all but assured of their place after a 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev, won 5-0 in Ukraine.
Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick, while Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi also got on the score sheet for Maurizio Sarri’s men.
Arsenal overcame a 3-1 deficit, to beat Rennes 3-0 at at the Emirates.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in each half and set up a goal for Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
The draw for the last eight will be conducted Friday afternoon in Nyon, Switzerland.
Chelsea’s squad to face Dynamo Kiev revealed
Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, has named a strong squad to face Dynamo Kiev, in the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 clash on Thursday.
Sarri has rested key players during trips to Greece (PAOK), Belarus (BATE), and Hungary (Vidi FC) in the group stages, as well as in the first knockout round against Malmo, when Marcos Alonso was dropped and Ruben Loftus-Cheek had to stay behind through injury.
However, he is not taking any chances this time around.
The only absence is a forced one, as Gonzalo Higuain has apparently been struck down by a fever.
“He had a fever after the league match for two days. Yesterday in the evening with the doctor we decided to leave him at home in order to recover him for the next match,” Sarri told reporters.
The rest of the 21-man traveling squad is as follows:
GOALKEEPERS: Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Bulka
DEFENDERS: Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Alonso, Emerson, Zappacosta, Ampadu
MIDFIELDERS: Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek
ATTACKERS: Hudson-Odoi, Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Giroud
With Chelsea holding a 3-0 first leg lead, surely just about any reasonable combination of these name should (“should”) be able to finish the job. Higuain’s absence probably not a big deal in any case since Giroud, who’s the team’s leading goalscorer in Europe this season with six goals, was going to start anyway.
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