Chelsea defeated Villa in EFL Cup shoot – sport news

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Reece James scored the winning penalty on penalties when Chelsea reached the Carabao Cup round of 16 at Aston Villa’s expense.

The full-back took the Blues home’s final penalty kick to win the penalty shoot-out 4-3.

A goal by the young Villa striker Cameron Archer had caused a draw in regular time and equalized with a header after Timo Werner gave the Blues the lead.

Chelsea host Southampton in the round of 16 in a competition they last won in 2014-15.

Wednesday’s result extends the unbeaten start of the season for the reigning European champions, in which he also leads the Premier League with 13 points from five games.

It looked like they would win the game in normal playing time when Werner rose into space to hit James’ cross and score his first club goal in eleven games.

The German should have added to his record shortly afterwards, but pulled a shot past the target at close range.

But Villa, who had given as best she could during the game, deserved to level when Archer showed a brilliant technique to head the equalizer.

The 19-year-old, who scored a hat-trick in the 6-0 win over Barrow in the second round, has scored four goals in two EFL Cup games this season.

It was also the first goal conceded by Chelsea this season.

On penalties, Ashley Young hit the crossbar with Villa’s second penalty before Kepa Arrizabalaga saved the third from Marvelous Nakamba to give the home side the lead.

Ben Chilwell then hit the bar to take the final set of penalty shootouts, but James made no mistake to seal the blues progression.

Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel in an interview with the club’s website: “It was a good game full of energy, good chances on both sides between two teams that tried everything to win.

“Aston Villa played very well, as it was 10 days ago and again today. We also played very well.

“We’ve had a lot of changes, the team has never played in this formation. That takes some time on the field, but it was important that we don’t expect too much in terms of chances to be exploited.”

Aston Villa Assistant Director Craig Shakespeare on the club website: “We’re disappointed to go out. We came here with a game plan and picked a team that took minutes.”

“Chelsea’s possession superiority meant that we had to hold out for a while in the second half.

“The guys can be very, very satisfied with the overall performance and the opportunities that we have created.

“However, they are disappointed in the locker room to go out.”

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