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Chelsea 1-1 Southampton (4-3 pens): Player ratings as the Blues win penalty shootout

Chelsea are by to the Carabao Cup quarter finals after a dramatic penalty shootout win over a spirited Southampton facet.

The two sides had drawn in regular time, earlier than a Will Smallbone miss and a Reece James conversion proved the distinction in the shootout.

As you in all probability might’ve guessed, Chelsea dominated the early levels of the sport, and nearly took the lead by Saul Niguez in the sixth minute. The midfielder/right-back/winger/wherever he is requested to play, rose highest from a nook kick to power Fraser Forster into a good cease.

Next up it was Kai Havertz to just about open the scoring for the residence facet – curling an exquisite effort from the fringe of the penalty space simply large of the submit, earlier than rifling a shot instantly at Forster from a decent angle 10 minutes later.

After failing to transform these probabilities nevertheless, Southampton started to (surprisingly) develop into the sport, penning Chelsea’s again 5 into their very own penalty space for a interval. The Saints so almost had their reward for this good spell when Stuart Armstrong fired a snapshot from the proper hand facet of the penalty space. However, after deflecting off of Malang Sarr, the shot was subsequently gathered effectively by Kepa.

Just earlier than half-time, the Blues undeservedly took the lead, as Havertz brilliantly headed the ball into the backside proper nook from a Hakim Ziyech nook.

And then simply after half-time, Southampton deservedly drew stage by Che Adams. The Scotland worldwide was capable of poke the ball residence from two yards after Kepa allowed a Kyle Walker-Peters shot to squeeze below him (clearly).

That objective sparked the sport into life, with Havertz nearly bagging his brace moments later – being denied by the toes of the good Forster – and Southampton almost netting their second of the evening through Adam Armstrong – who was denied by the arms of Kepa.

With quarter-hour left, Chelsea missed one other few probabilities, with Saul dragging a shot from the fringe of the field large of the submit, earlier than seeing a curling shot saved by the Southampton primary about 30 seconds later.

The final probabilities of the sport fell to the guests, with each Southampton centre-backs seeing headers saved by Kepa – which means the sport could be determined by penalty kicks.

Both groups scored their first penalties of the shootout, earlier than Theo Walcott and Mason Mount noticed theirs saved. CHO and Shane Long then scored, placing the strain on Smallbone to attain his penalty in his first look since struggling a critical knee damage. The younger midfielder lofted his effort over the bar, permitting Reece James to step as much as rating the successful kick.

Two smiling Spaniards / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – 6/10 – At fault for the objective. Made a number of good saves after that to be honest to him although, after which saved Walcott’s penalty.

Reece James (CB) – 5/10 – Not as snug at centre-back as he’s at wing-back, however performed fairly effectively contemplating. Scored the successful spot kick.

Trevoh Chalobah (CB) – 6/10 – The better of Chelsea’s centre-backs.

Malang Sarr (CB) – 4/10 – Lost possession in the lead as much as Southampton’s objective.

Saul was alright / Robin Jones/GettyImages

Callum Hudson-Odoi (RWB) – 6/10 – Lively on the flank. Chelsea in all probability ought to’ve acquired the ball to him a bit extra usually. Coolly scored his penalty.

Ross Barkley (CM) – 4/10 – Not actually ‘Chelsea materials’ at this level in his profession, is he?

Mateo Kovacic (CM) – 5/10 – When Kovacic performs as a substitute of Jorginho, you might be rapidly reminded simply how good Jorginho is.

Saul Niguez (CM) – 6/10 – Saw a number of first rate efforts on objective saved by Forster. Probably his greatest sport at the membership thus far (which is not saying a lot).

Marcos Alonso (LWB) – 4/10 – Delivery from the left simply wasn’t adequate. At least he scored his penalty although.

Havertz scored / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Kai Havertz (ST) – 7/10 – Caused Southampton’s defence a myriad of issues by drifting out left and deservedly scored a objective.

Hakim Ziyech (ST) – 5/10 – Set up the opener from a set piece, however did not do a lot else.

Ben Chilwell – Scored his penalty.

Mason Mount – Missed his penalty.

Lyanco was good / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages

Fraser Forster (GK) – 8/10 – Made some unimaginable saves all through the sport, together with in the penalty shootout.

Kyle Walker-Peters (RB) – 7/10 – Caused Chelsea issues all evening, and proved to be the catalyst for Southampton’s objective.

Lycano (CB) – 8/10 – A rock at the again for Southampton.

Mohammed Salisu (CB) – 5/10 – Sloppier than his associate at the again.

Yan Valery (LB) – 4/10 – Clearly did not get pleasure from taking part in in opposition to CHO.

A powerful outing from Armstrong / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Nathan Tella (RM) – 3/10 – Worked exhausting, however did not actually do something.

Stuart Armstrong (CM) – 6/10 – Pushed Southampton ahead with some incredible operating on the ball.

Ibrahima Diallo (CM) – 6/10 – Roughed up Kovacic every time he might – therefore his reserving – and customarily had the higher of his reverse quantity all evening.

Moussa Djenepo (LM) – 5/10 – He did not get on the ball in harmful areas as a lot as he’d favored to.

Che scored / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

Che Adams (ST) – 6/10 – Nabbed the equaliser after some horrid goalkeeping from Kepa.

Adam Armstrong (ST) – 6/10 – Had a good effort saved by Kepa in the second half. Scored his penalty in the shootout.

Smallbone missed his penalty / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages

Shane Long – Marked his first sport of the season with a objective in the shootout.

Theo Walcott – Came off the bench and missed his penalty.

Oriol Romeu – Added some a lot wanted power when he got here on, and scored his pen.

Will Smallbone – His first outing since a critical knee damage, and you may inform by how far he lifted his penalty over the bar.

Tino Livramento – N/A.

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