Match ends, Brentford 0, Chelsea 2.
Chelsea reached their third major semi-final in 11 months under Thomas Tuchel after scoring two late goals to overcome west London neighbours Brentford in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.
An own goal by Sweden defender Pontus Jansson put the Blues ahead before Jorginho’s penalty ensured his side reached their first semi-final in the competition for three years – and a meeting with Tottenham.
With his selection plans disrupted by Covid-19 and injuries, Chelsea boss Tuchel gave debuts to three teenagers including 18-year-old Harvey Vale, who headed his side’s best chance of the first half straight at the keeper.
But it was Brentford who carved out the better openings before half-time and Kepa Arrizabalaga marking his rare start in goal with three fine saves to deny Yoane Wissa, Mathias Jensen and Rico Henry.
Henry almost scored an own goal at the other end before Jansson inadvertently sliced Reece James’ cross past Alvaro Fernandez in the 80th minute.
Substitute Jorginho doubled the lead five minutes later after Fernandez brought down Christian Pulisic.
Blues turn to youth but senior stars make the difference
Tuchel went onto the pitch at the final whistle to congratulate his players and acknowledge the travelling support after a hard-earned success.
After one victory in their five previous matches, this was a night where the result was more important than the performance.
As well as Vale, Chelsea gave debuts to 17-year-old forward Jude Soonsup-Bell and 18-year-old midfielder Xavier Simons, a former Brentford academy player.
Soonsup-Bell was aged just eight when Cesar Azpilicueta, one of three players who also started the 0-0 draw with Wolves last Sunday, made his Chelsea debut in 2012.
The Blues ended up with Jorginho, James, Pulisic, Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante coming off the bench, though, to make an impact as the tie was locked at 0-0 before Jansson’s own goal.
The move started with a James throw-in deep inside his own half and ended with the England defender supplying the cross which led to the Brentford centre-back’s misfortune.
Jorginho’s penalty sealed victory but Brentford, who reached the semi-finals last season, gave a good account of themselves and will now look to consolidate their position in the Premier League following a solid start to the season.
- 29Bech Sørensen
- 7CanósBooked at 68mins
- 8JensenSubstituted forForssat 81′minutes
- 27JaneltBooked at 12minsSubstituted forNørgaardat 66′minutes
- 26BaptisteSubstituted forOnyekaat 74′minutes
- 3HenrySubstituted forGhoddosat 73′minutes
- 11WissaSubstituted forToneyat 65′minutes
- 54SimonsSubstituted forJamesat 65′minutes
- 8KovacicSubstituted forJorginhoat 45′minutes
- 17SaúlBooked at 77mins
- 18BarkleySubstituted forKantéat 76′minutes
- 68ValeBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMountat 65′minutes
- 64Soonsup-BellSubstituted forPulisicat 45′minutes
- Andre Marriner
Second Half ends, Brentford 0, Chelsea 2.
Foul by Mason Mount (Chelsea).
Sergi Canós (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by N’Golo Kanté.
Goal! Brentford 0, Chelsea 2. Jorginho (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Penalty Chelsea. Christian Pulisic draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Álvaro Fernández (Brentford) after a foul in the penalty area.
Attempt blocked. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mason Mount.
Substitution, Brentford. Marcus Forss replaces Mathias Jensen.
Own Goal by Pontus Jansson, Brentford. Brentford 0, Chelsea 1.
Saúl Ñíguez (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.
Hand ball by Saúl Ñíguez (Chelsea).
Substitution, Chelsea. N’Golo Kanté replaces Ross Barkley.
Foul by Marcos Alonso (Chelsea).
Sergi Canós (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Brentford. Frank Onyeka replaces Shandon Baptiste.
Substitution, Brentford. Saman Ghoddos replaces Rico Henry.
Offside, Chelsea. Kepa Arrizabalaga tries a through ball, but Mason Mount is caught offside.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ethan Pinnock.