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Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga makes a save during his side's Carabao Cup quarter-final with Brentford
Chelsea have not won the EFL Cup since 2015

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.

Player of the match

KantéN’Golo Kanté

with an average of 8.19

Brentford

  1. Squad number17Player nameToney

    Average rating

    5.83

  2. Squad number19Player nameMbeumo

    Average rating

    5.75

  3. Squad number29Player nameBech Sørensen

    Average rating

    5.75

  4. Squad number3Player nameHenry

    Average rating

    5.74

  5. Squad number5Player namePinnock

    Average rating

    5.73

  6. Squad number7Player nameCanós

    Average rating

    5.66

  7. Squad number40Player nameFernández

    Average rating

    5.65

  8. Squad number11Player nameWissa

    Average rating

    5.63

  9. Squad number26Player nameBaptiste

    Average rating

    5.63

  10. Squad number8Player nameJensen

    Average rating

    5.55

  11. Squad number18Player nameJansson

    Average rating

    5.50

  12. Squad number27Player nameJanelt

    Average rating

    5.47

  13. Squad number6Player nameNørgaard

    Average rating

    5.45

  14. Squad number15Player nameOnyeka

    Average rating

    5.29

  15. Squad number14Player nameGhoddos

    Average rating

    5.25

  16. Squad number9Player nameForss

    Average rating

    5.04

Chelsea

  1. Squad number7Player nameKanté

    Average rating

    8.19

  2. Squad number19Player nameMount

    Average rating

    7.91

  3. Squad number24Player nameJames

    Average rating

    7.77

  4. Squad number10Player namePulisic

    Average rating

    7.36

  5. Squad number14Player nameChalobah

    Average rating

    7.21

  6. Squad number1Player nameArrizabalaga

    Average rating

    7.07

  7. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

    Average rating

    7.03

  8. Squad number68Player nameVale

    Average rating

    6.98

  9. Squad number8Player nameKovacic

    Average rating

    6.94

  10. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

    Average rating

    6.80

  11. Squad number64Player nameSoonsup-Bell

    Average rating

    6.77

  12. Squad number54Player nameSimons

    Average rating

    6.69

  13. Squad number3Player nameAlonso

    Average rating

    6.51

  14. Squad number31Player nameSarr

    Average rating

    6.48

  15. Squad number17Player nameSaúl

    Average rating

    6.09

  16. Squad number18Player nameBarkley

    Average rating

    6.08

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 3-5-2

  • 40Fernández
  • 5Pinnock
  • 18Jansson
  • 29Bech Sørensen
  • 7CanósBooked at 68mins
  • 8JensenSubstituted forForssat 81′minutes
  • 27JaneltBooked at 12minsSubstituted forNørgaardat 66′minutes
  • 26BaptisteSubstituted forOnyekaat 74′minutes
  • 3HenrySubstituted forGhoddosat 73′minutes
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 11WissaSubstituted forToneyat 65′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Thompson
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 9Forss
  • 14Ghoddos
  • 15Onyeka
  • 17Toney
  • 25Peart-Harris
  • 36Stevens
  • 41Cox

Chelsea

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 14Chalobah
  • 31Sarr
  • 54SimonsSubstituted forJamesat 65′minutes
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forJorginhoat 45′minutes
  • 17SaúlBooked at 77mins
  • 3Alonso
  • 18BarkleySubstituted forKantéat 76′minutes
  • 68ValeBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMountat 65′minutes
  • 64Soonsup-BellSubstituted forPulisicat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Rüdiger
  • 5Jorginho
  • 7Kanté
  • 10Pulisic
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 19Mount
  • 24James
  • 71Webster
  • 75Hall

Referee:
Andre Marriner

Attendance:
16,577

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Brentford 0, Chelsea 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Brentford 0, Chelsea 2.

  3. Foul by Mason Mount (Chelsea).

  4. Sergi Canós (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Attempt missed. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by N’Golo Kanté.

  6. Goal! Brentford 0, Chelsea 2. Jorginho (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  7. Penalty Chelsea. Christian Pulisic draws a foul in the penalty area.

  8. Penalty conceded by Álvaro Fernández (Brentford) after a foul in the penalty area.

  9. Attempt blocked. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mason Mount.

  10. Substitution, Brentford. Marcus Forss replaces Mathias Jensen.

  11. Own Goal by Pontus Jansson, Brentford. Brentford 0, Chelsea 1.

  12. Saúl Ñíguez (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

  13. Hand ball by Saúl Ñíguez (Chelsea).

  14. Substitution, Chelsea. N’Golo Kanté replaces Ross Barkley.

  15. Foul by Marcos Alonso (Chelsea).

  16. Sergi Canós (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Substitution, Brentford. Frank Onyeka replaces Shandon Baptiste.

  18. Substitution, Brentford. Saman Ghoddos replaces Rico Henry.

  19. Offside, Chelsea. Kepa Arrizabalaga tries a through ball, but Mason Mount is caught offside.

  20. Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ethan Pinnock.

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