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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Cherries pay the price for ignoring Hazard signs

Chelsea 1 Bournemouth 0

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard came off the substitutes' bench to send Chelsea into the League Cup semi-final at the expense of Bournemouth.

A foot injury meant Hazard was not risked from the start, but he came on with 30 minutes to go and scored a deflected effort six minutes from time to settle last night's quarter-final at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard's 10th goal of the season earned a 1-0 win to keep Maurizio Sarri's hopes of his first managerial silverware alive and ended the Cherries' bid for a first League Cup semi-final place.

The fixture was a repeat of the same stage of the same competition a year ago. Then Dan Gosling's 89th-minute equaliser was rendered irrelevant by Alvaro Morata's stoppage-time winner in Chelsea's 2-1 victory.

Chelsea dominated possession, but Bournemouth troubled their hosts time and again.

Callum Wilson demonstrated some of the qualities which have attracted Chelsea's attentions early on when he turned away from Antonio Rudiger and found his strike partner Lys Mousset.

Mousset surged forwards before passing to Wilson, who snatched at the shot, slicing wide.

Artur Boruc saved from Olivier Giroud and David Brooks shot at Kepa Arrizabalaga before a good opportunity, with Wilson involved in the build-up, concluded with Brooks firing into the back of Mousset.

Chelsea's best opportunity of the first half was created by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who charged clear following some fine interplay with Mateo Kovacic on Chelsea's right.

Loftus-Cheek floated a pass for Willian to run on to, one on one with Boruc, but he was alert to spread himself to save.

Kepa next saved Mousset's shot from the edge of the area after a strong Jordon Ibe run.

Loftus-Cheek was enjoying his more advanced role and threatened in early in the second half. His jinking run included a one-two with Cesar Azpilicueta before a low shot struck the outside of the post.

Sarri wanted more. Hazard was sent on for Barkley with 30 minutes to go.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe turned to his own attacking ace. Ryan Fraser was sent on and immediately crossed menacingly, with Kepa gathering but Hazard soon took control.

Hazard attempted the intricate route and found his path repeatedly blocked, so next shot high and wide from the edge of the area.

Cesar Azpilicueta blocked a Wilson drive, with Bournemouth appeals for handball dismissed.

Chelsea scored soon afterwards, with substitutes Pedro and Hazard combining.

Pedro pulled the back, with Emerson Palmieri present, but more as a decoy, and Hazard's shot took a deflection off Charlie Daniels to beat Boruc.

The Bournemouth stopper was sent forward for a late set-piece, but Chelsea denied the Cherries to advance.

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