By; Thomas Odongo;
There was a heavy contest on Tuesday, 20th September 2016 between Leicester City and Chelsea FC at King Power stadium during the EFL Cup third round match. The game witnessed drama with Leicester taking a double lead only to fall prey to Conte’s side. Without any doubt the foxes were the better side before the break as they almost out played the Blues.
Just at the 17th minute of the game, Okazaki scored the 1st for the foxes hence giving them an early lead after Musa’s cross that would have been easily dealt with by Cahill or Azpilicuetta and Begovic too is very slow to react allowing Okazaki to head in. At the 34th minute, things seemed to be getting worse for the visitors as Okazaki nets in his second for the day. However the goal was doubted even by the scorer as critics and some football pundits and commentators believed that the ball had not crossed the line. This goal confirmed that there is no communication between the back four and Conte can barely believe that his side is conceding such goals. Chelsea later levelled just before the break; at the second minute of added time (47th), thanks to Gary Cahill’s header.
At the 50th minute, the Blues were given some breathing space and hope after ceasar Aziplicuetta hit a sumptuous volley from the outside area hence levelling the game. Just at the 89th minute, the Foxes faced plight as their centre back, Wasilewski was given matching orders after being shown a second yellow card. The second half ended with both team at level hence they had to go for extra 30 minutes.
Just at the second minute of extra time (92nd), Cesc Fabregas gave the visiting side a lead after slotting a ball into a corner hence giving Conte some breathing space. At the 94th minute, a loose ball drops to Fabregas off Drinkwater’s head and he puts it in his chest and lashing it at the back of the net hence sending the Blues to the fourth round of the EFL Cup. The game ended 2-4 in favour of Chelsea.
The game between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal witnessed new signing Lucas Perez score 2 for the gunners. However Nicklas Bendtner played his first game for Forest but he could not haunt his club as the score ended 0-4 min favour of the Gunners thanks to goals from new boys Lucas Perez and Granit Xhaka.
Liverpool was also in action at Pride Park against Derby County as Klopp’s side continued their fine form as they beat their opponents 3-0 thanks to goals from Klavan, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi. This implies that Liverpool have netted 19 goals in their last 7 games.
In other results of the EFL Cup; Bournemouth 2-3 Preston, Brighton 1-2 Reading, Everton 0-2 Norwich, Newcastle 2-0 Wolves, Leeds united 1-0 Blackburn.