Haz­ard’s bril­liance seals Chelsea win at Liver­pool in cup

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Sport -

IN a for­mi­da­ble dis­play of skill and speed, Eden Haz­ard slalomed past Liver­pool play­ers be­fore scor­ing the goal that sealed Chelsea’s progress in the League Cup.

The winger’s sixth goal in seven ap­pear­ances ended Liver­pool’s per­fect start to the sea­son with a 2-1 vic­tory on Wed­nes­day at An­field. And the teams have a swift re­union, with Chelsea host­ing un­beaten early fron­trun­ner Liver­pool at Stam­ford Bridge in the Premier League on Satur­day.

Emer­son Palmieri lev­eled af­ter Daniel Stur­ridge gave Liver­pool the lead in the 58th minute be­fore Haz­ard’s mes­mer­iz­ing win­ner in the 85th minute.

The Bel­gium winger went past two Liver­pool play­ers around the half­way line be­fore send­ing the ball through Robert Firmino’s legs to Ce­sar Azpilicueta on the right flank. The Spaniard re­turned the ball to ad­vanc­ing Haz­ard, who went past three play­ers, cut in­side and sent a shot across goal­keeper Si­mon Mig­no­let and into the net.

“For sure it’s on top of the list (of goals) also be­cause it’s Liver­pool,” Haz­ard told broad­caster Sky Sports. “When I re­ceived the ball I just looked for one, I see on my own so I just tried to do what I can do and I did well so we can go through.”

ALLI PENALTY JOY Dele Alli en­joyed a dream re­turn to Mil­ton Keynes with Tot­ten­ham against Wat­ford.

The home of MK Dons, Alli’s former club, is be­ing used by Tot­ten­ham in the League Cup be­cause its new sta­dium at White Hart Lane is not ready yet.

Alli sealed a 4-2 penalty shootout af­ter a lively fin­ish saw the game end 2-2 af­ter 90 min­utes, with ex­tra time not be­ing played in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Wat­ford had gone in front 39 sec­onds into the sec­ond half through Isaac Suc­cess but Alli wiped that ad­van­tage out from the penalty spot with 10 min­utes to go af­ter be­ing fouled by Chris­tian Kabasele, who was sent off.

Erik Lamela then put Tot­ten­ham in front, only for former Spurs player Eti­enne Capoue to level with a heav­ily de­flected ef­fort. Af­ter goal­keeper Paulo Gaz­zaniga saved from Capoue and Quina, it was left to Alli to send his side through.

AD­VANC­ING Ar­se­nal cruised through with a 3-1 vic­tory over sec­ond-tier side Brent­ford with a dou­ble from Danny Wel­beck and Alexan­dre La­cazette net­ting in stop­page time. West Ham routed fourth-tier side Mac­cles­field 8-0. – AP

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