Football news: Chelsea beat Tottenham 1-0 in one of the London classics and reached the Carabao Cup final. Tuchel’s team won away with a goal from Rudiger and will wait for Liverpool or Arsenal.
Chelsea are the first Carabao Cup finalists after beating Tottenham by one in the round of the away semi-final. In the first leg, the game went 2-0 for the Blues at Stamford Bridge a week ago.
The two teams came out from the start with many starting players. César Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Jorginho, Mason Mount and Romelu Lukako were in Chelsea’s starting eleven, which had some casualties from AFCON.
See you all at Wembley @ToniRuediger ?
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On the Tottenham side while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane with a mix of substitutes in a team that could not count on Cristian Romero and Heung-Min Son.
The tie was decided in the first half with a goal off the back of center-back Rudiger in an aerial ball that had a terrible exit from the white goalkeeper Pierluigi Collini.
Antonio Rudiger puts Chelsea ahead 1-0 ? pic.twitter.com/T69XQxbEdU
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Although the result was quite unfair for Spurs and the VAR canceled two penalties in favor of Tottenham.
The first due to a foul by Rudiger himself outside the area in minute 45 and the second in minute 56 due to a non-existent foul by Kepa that had been indicated at first by the referee.
A SECOND Tottenham penalty is overturned by VAR ? pic.twitter.com/PiF8yPyMso
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Above, the VAR annulled a goal to Harry Kane in the 63rd minute for a millimeter offside. The game did not have more goals, although it could have been if it had not been for a great performance by the Spanish goalkeeper Kepa.
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In any case, it seemed like a formality for the current Champions League champion who will play the seventh final in his history for the Carabao Cup, a title that he was able to win for the last time in 2015 and lose it in the final three years ago -in 2019- against Manchester City.
The other semifinal will be played by Liverpool and Arsenal and the first leg will be today. The match was stopped for five minutes in the last moments due to a medical emergency in the stands.