League Cup: Chelsea survive Southampton shootout, Arsenal see Leeds
Chelsea needed a penalty shootout for the second consecutive round to reach the League Cup quarter-finals as they edged out Southampton, while a heavily modified Arsenal beat Leeds 2-0 on Tuesday. Kepa Arrizabalaga was Chelsea’s hero as he made a series of late saves to deprive Saints of a place in the last eight as the game at Stamford Bridge ended 1-1 after 90 minutes. Both goals came minutes on either side of the half as Kai Havertz led Chelsea in the lead before Southampton fired back quickly when Che Adams brought the ball home after Kepa parried Kyle Walker’s shot- Peters.
The Spanish goalkeeper fled from Will Smallbone, Mohammed Salisu and Lyanco to draw the shootout.
Kepa then refused Theo Walcott on the spot and Smallbone exploded as Chelsea progressed despite Mason Mount’s penalty saved by Fraser Forster.
Two goals in 14 minutes in the second half from Callum Chambers and Eddie Nketiah helped Arsenal advance to the UAE.
Mikel Arteta had named a strong side in the previous two rounds, with the Gunners not involved in European football for the first time in 25 seasons.
But the Spaniard made nine changes from the squad that started Friday’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa tried to get his side out of a crisis with just four changes from a 1-1 draw with Wolves on Saturday as England international Kalvin Phillips returned from injury.
The visitors enjoyed the best of the first half, but paid a heavy price for not making it count.
Chambers had barely been on the pitch for a minute after replacing Benjamin White when he forced the ball over the line from a corner to open the scoring.
Eddie Nketiah then took advantage of a rare start to seal the draw against his former club.
The England Under-21 international jumped on a limp to his own goal from Liam Cooper and recovered the ball from Illan Meslier before getting a bit of luck as his failed finish fell into the net.
“We understood the game and what we needed to do, we did it the right way,” said Arteta.
“They gave us a few problems, they still do, but we created a lot of shots and situations without being very clinical, we adjusted a few things at half-time and we were better and stronger.”
League One side Sunderland are also in the quarter-finals, beating Queen’s Park Rangers 3-1 on penalties after a 0-0 draw at Loftus Road.
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