CHELSEA needs a penalty shootout to beat Southampton in the last 16 of the English League Cup which previously ended in a 1-1 draw at London’s Stamford Bridge Stadium on Wednesday (10/27 ) early in the morning WIB.
Kai Havertz put Chelsea ahead a minute before the break with a powerful header from Hakim Ziyech’s corner that goalkeeper Fraser Forster missed.
Southampton equalized two minutes into the second half when Che Adams only had to find a cross from Kyle Walker-Peters who had passed goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
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Both teams continued to threaten their respective goals until the minutes of added time. The best chance was created when Lyanco’s header was saved by Kepa and on the other hand, Forster managed to deny Malang Sarr’s volley, forcing a penalty shootout to determine the winner.
Southampton’s second executioner Theo Walcott found his shot on the post, giving Chelsea the chance to take the lead.
However, Mason Mount – who scored a hat-trick last weekend – failed even to beat Forster on the penalty spot.
Chelsea eventually took a 3-2 lead thanks to Ben Chilwell after Southampton fourth kicker William Smallbone sent the ball over the bar.
Oriol Romeu rekindled Southampton’s hopes but Reece James, once again Chelsea’s fifth executioner, beat Forster to seal a 4-3 victory for the hosts.
This is the second time James has been the winner for Chelsea in a penalty shootout after also playing a similar role in the third round game against Aston Villa last month.
Chelsea will meet their opponents in the quarter-finals after the draw on Saturday (30/10).
Another round of 16 between Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland also had to be decided on penalties after the two sides played a goalless draw at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in London.
QPR was knocked out after three of its four executioners failed and Sunderland, who was in the third tier, won 3-1 on penalties to knock out the second tier team. (Ant / OL-1)