Brentford 0-2 Chelsea: Jorginho’s late penalty seals hard-fought Carabao Cup semi-final spot

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Chelsea left it late but they booked their place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Brentford.

The match looked to be heading to penalties, but two goals in the last ten minutes earned Thomas Tuchel’s side a battling win.

Pontus Jansson scored an own goal before Jorginho’s penalty sealed it, for a Chelsea side that made eight changes and started with an extremely youthful lineup.

Brentford sat deep in the early stages of the match but should have scored with their first real attack.

Rico Henry, who had the better of Xavier Simon all half, stood a ball up to the far post, and Yoane Wissa gave Kepa Arrizabalaga a chance with the header when he really should have scored.

Mathias Jensen also had a header saved, before Henry’s left footed-effort was turned behind for a corner.

Chelsea dominated possession but created very little. It wasn’t until just before half-time that Cesar Azpilicueta put in a good cross and Harvey Vale headed a big chance straight at the goalkeeper.

It was a second-half lacking in both action and quality on the whole. Rico Henry nearly scored an own goal, while Ross Barkley had an effort deflected just wide.

But the opening goal came with ten minutes remaining. N’Golo Kante and Reece James combined well on the right, and Jansson could only divert the wing-back’s cross into his own net.

The match was put to bed five minutes later when Christian Pulisic was brought down by Alvaro Fernandez, and Jorginho stepped up to convert the penalty.

That put an end to any hopes of a Brentford comeback, and ensured Chelsea can look forward to a semi-final early in 2022.

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