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League Cup: Swansea End Chelsea's Dreams

24 Jan 2013

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Swansea players got the better of their mega rich opponents

BBC

Swansea City are into their first major Cup final after holding 10-man Chelsea to a scoreless draw in a controversial Capital One semi-final second leg at the Liberty Stadium.

The result gave them a 2-0 aggregate win, but was marred by the sending off of Chelsea's Eden Hazard after he appeared to kick a ball boy.

The Belgian midfielder was dismissed in the 80th minute after an incident behind the home side's goal.

The Swans face League Two Bradford in the final at Wembley.

Hazard's red card came after he tangled with a ball boy, who was slow getting the ball back into play. He appeared to lay on the ball and TV replays showed Hazard kicking him.

But the incident failed to take the edge off the celebrations at the Liberty Stadium, as the crowd sang their approval of Swansea's stubborn resistance.

It was in stark contrast to the Chelsea players, who trooped off heads down as the party started around them.

The result piled more pressure on interim manager Rafael Benitez as his side failed to maintain their recent good away form.

Like the first leg they had plenty of possession, but failed to turn it into a goal.

No one summed up Swansea's determination better than Michu. His industry was exhausting to watch as he ploughed a lone furrow up front and chased every lost cause.

Small wonder the Swansea management were delighted when he signed a one-year contract extension before the game.

Benitez made a statement before the game, dropping Fernando Torres to the bench with Demba Ba leading the attack.

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