League Cup: Fabregas gives Chelsea win at Leicester, Everton lose

César Azpilicueta celebrates after his goal against Leicester City in their League Cup match

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas gave his manager a reminder of his talents by scoring twice in extra time as they fought back from two goals down to knock Premier League champions Leicester City out of the League Cup 4-2 on Tuesday.

Spaniard Fabregas has played a bit-part role in Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side since the start of the season, but produced two neat finishes in the space of two minutes to turn the third-round tie on its head.

Record eight-time winners Liverpool eased past Derby County 3-0, while Arsenal enjoyed a 4-0 stroll at Nottingham Forest.

It was a bad night, however, for Premier League sides Everton and Bournemouth, who exited the competition at the hands of second-tier opponents.

Everton were dumped out 2-0 at home by Norwich City, while Bournemouth suffered a 3-2 home defeat by Preston North End.

In the standout fixture, Chelsea seemed to be heading out when Leicester’s Shinji Okazaki twice capitalised on poor defending to put the Foxes ahead.

But the Chelsea fight-back began when Fabregas’s corner was headed back across goal and over the line by defender Gary Cahill just before halftime and they equalised with a stunning volley from Cesar Azpilicueta four minutes after the restart.

With extra time approaching, Leicester defender Marcin Wasilewski was sent off for a second yellow card after a clumsy charge into Diego Costa, swinging the momentum Chelsea’s way.

From that moment there only looked like being one winner and Fabregas’s clinical finishes secured Chelsea’s spot in the fourth round as well as giving the Spain international a boost after a difficult start to the season.

Conte has preferred former Leicester player N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic and Oscar in central midfield in Chelsea’s opening encounters but Fabregas showed he still has something to offer when he clipped the ball home two minutes into extra time.

Source:.rediff

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