Carabao Cup: Ruediger, Willian’s Goal Secure Chelsea Victory, Ayew’s Brace Sinks Tottenham At Wembley
Premier League champions Chelsea took their place in the Carabao Cup quarter-final after beating a spirited Everton 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
The five-times League Cup winners survived a second-half scare from a well-organised Everton outfit that lacked a cutting edge. German defender Antonio Rudiger scored the only goal of the game and his first for the club since his summer move from Serie A side Roma.
It was an improvement from the Toffees’ with caretaker boss David Unsworth choosing to tweak the side rather than make wholesale changes, but this defeat stretches the Merseyside club’s winless run to six games.
Unsworth gave Aaron Lennon his first start of the season and brought back Kevin Miralles for a starting berth while central defender Michael Keane was dropped to the bench. Chelsea, making nine changes from the 4-1 victory over Watford on Saturday, but their makeshift side opened the scoring in 26 minutes.
A short corner from Willian was crossed to the back-post by Musonda where Antonio Rudiger climbed to head back across goal into the far corner for his first goal for the Blues.
Michy Batshuayi then fired straight at Jordan Pickford before David Zappacosta hit the side-netting from a Willian pass as the home side threatened a second.
The visitors had more purpose about them after the break and early bookings for Tom Davies and James McCarthy, making his first start for nine months, gave notice of their intent.
Wayne Rooney should have put them level but his effort from a Miralles header was blocked and when Chelsea keeper Willy Caballero’s pass out fell invitingly for Lennon, but the ex-Spurs winger had a heavy touch allowing the Argentinian to make amen
Ademola Lookman then fired wide and had a dipping drive skim the crossbar as Everton dominated, but Rooney nearly undid the improvement with a slack back pass that Michy Batshuayi pounced on but after rounding Pickford watched in disbelief as his effort was cleared off the line by Phil Jagielka.
In stoppage time, Willian appeared to end the contest with a shot that went in off the post, but then sub Dominic Calvert-Lewin, wearing a protective face mask after picking up a head knock on Sunday, ensured a nervous final few seconds slotting home after Oumar Niasse burst into the box.
West Ham pulled off an unbelievable comeback at Wembley Stadium to beat Tottenham and book their place in the EFL Cup quarter-finals. After a first half in which Tottenham were two goals to the good through Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli even without getting out of first gear, things looked bleak for under-fire Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, who made nine changes from their defeat to Brighton.
The east Londoners, who before Wednesday night had played one and won one at the new Wembley -a play-off final win against Blackpool – came back out after the interval and began to show a desire and intent which was totally absent in the first half.
Andre Ayew grabbed two goals, both instinctive finishes, to draw level before Angelo Ogbonna headed home to complete the most unexpected of turnarounds inside 15 minutes. It is the first time Spurs have let a two-goal lead slip under Mauricio Pochettino, while Bilic is left with a welcome headache for once after a stellar showing from his perceived second string.