Swansea City 0 Chelsea 0 – Swans to meet Bradford in Capital One Cup final
Swansea have reached a cup final for the first time in their history after keeping Chelsea at bay on Wednesday night, two weeks after claiming a surprise 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
January 23rd, 2013
Goals from Michu and Danny Graham had given them a solid first leg lead ahead of the return match at the Liberty Stadium, with Rafael Benitez deciding against playing Demba Ba and Fernando Torres together and it was the former who got the nod.
However, Chelsea were unable to create many chances of note and it was the Swans who looked more likely to score as the game wore on, especially on the counter-attack as the visitors pushed forward.
Michu missed a great chance to really take the game away from the Blues, although it mattered little and Chelsea were to end the match with ten men after a remarkable incident where Eden Hazard kicked out at a ball boy.
With the clock ticking down, the Belgian grappled with a Swansea ball boy behind the goal and eventually retrieved the ball after kicking it from underneath the youngster. However, the referee awarded a red card for the player’s part in the incident.
Whether Hazard serves a three-match ban remains to be seen, although Chelsea have missed a glorious chance to win silverware this season and Swansea are now warm favourites to beat Bradford in the Capital One Cup final.