Chelsea showed nerves of steel as they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 on penalties to reach the final of this season’s Carabao Cup.
The Blues scored twice in the first half of the match to lead 2-1 on aggregate but Fernando Llorente pulled a goal back for the visitors in the second half to force the match into a penalty shootout. Chelsea scored all four of their penalty kicks as they held their nerve to beat Spurs and send everyone at Stamford Bridge crazy.
Chelsea started the match brightly and Olivier Giroud, Ross Barkley and Antonio Rudiger all had early efforts on goal.
The Blues took the lead just before the half-hour mark when N’Golo Kante struck a rare goal with a superb effort from outside of the box and it was soon 2-0 to Maurizio Sarri’s men when Cesar Azpilicueta teed up Eden Hazard to score from close range.
Visitors Spurs were woeful during the first half but they started the second period a little better and Llorente soon reduced the arrears with a bullet header.
That goal pushed Chelsea into attacking in search of a third goal and Giroud forced a save from Paulo Gazzaniga before Hazard went close with an effort from inside the area.
Pedro then tested Gazzaniga midway through the second half but found the Spurs keeper equal to his strike before Giroud had an excellent chance to win the match late on but headed his effort into the ground and the wrong side of the post.
The match was ultimately to be decided on penalty kicks. Willian, Azpilicueta, Jorginho and David Luiz all scored their spot kicks for The Blues and while Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela netted for Spurs, Eric Dier and Lucas Moura missed their kicks for the North Londoners as the home side went on to book their place at Wembley.