Chelsea 2—1 Tottenham 1
2-2 on aggregate, Chelsea win 4-2 on penalties
DAVID LUIZ finally separated Chelsea and Tottenham in a penalty shoot-out to decide a thrilling Carabao Cup semi-final and book a Wembley showdown with Manchester City next month.
Eric Dier blazed over and Lucas Moura had his shot saved as Spurs lost 4-2 on spot-kicks at Stamford Bridge.
Eden Hazard had answered Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s stinging criticism with a superb display in the opening period.
Sarri questioned his leadership qualities and accused his players of lacking motivation in the 2-0 loss at Arsenal.
Spurs led 1-0 from the first leg at Wembley a fortnight ago but Chelsea took just 27 minutes to level the scores on aggregate through N’Golo Kante.
He was unmarked on the edge of the area at a corner and his low finish flew through three sets of Spurs legs before hitting the net.
Spurs, already without the attacking trio of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son, immediately lost Ben Davies to what appeared to be a groin injury, with Danny Rose taking his place.
Hazard then put the home side ahead on aggregate seven minutes before the break, expertly sweeping in a cross from Cesar Azpilicueta.
But Spurs fought back in the second half after a tactical change at the back from boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Vilified forward Fernando Llorente stooped to head in Danny Rose’s 50th-minute cross to raise both Spurs hopes and the intensity leading to Sarri being booked for dissent.
Hazard, Llorente and substitute Moura all missed when clean through in a feisty encounter but neither side could find a winner in normal time.
■ EDEN HAZARD shrugged off pre-match criticism from boss Maurizio Sarri after his goal helped Chelsea past injury-hit Tottenham and into the Carabao Cup final. Sarri said in the build-up to the game his playmaker –often played in ‘false nine’ position lately, although Olivier Giroud started up front last night – must do more to improve his side’s fortunes. But Hazard, scorer of Chelsea’s second as they overturned a first-leg deficit before winning their semi-final on penalties, said: ‘I don’t care – I just play my football and it doesn’t matter what the manager says. I just want to do my best for this team, and today I did.’