Tottenham vs. Chelsea live score, updates, highlights from Carabao Cup semifinal second leg

Chelsea secured a place at Wembley Stadium in the EFL Cup final, topping Tottenham 1-0 in the second leg to secure a dominant 3-0 aggregate semifinal victory.

Antonio Rudiger’s headed goal early on was enough to put the Blues well and truly through, and while Spurs gave it a run, Tottenham saw two penalties wiped off on VAR and a goal chalked off as well in a truly shocking refereeing display.

Coming into the match, Spurs need a two-goal victory to even send the matchup to penalties, and Rudiger’s goal put Spurs completely out of reach.

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The Blues will be searching for League Cup title number six in club history, and its first since 2014/15. Thomas Tuchel is once again leading Chelsea to the brink of silverware, having previously won last summer’s Champions League in his first season in charge.

Sporting News will be following the event live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

Chelsea vs. Tottenham live score

  1H 2H Final Aggregate
Tottenham   0  0   0
Chelsea   1  0   3

18th min – CHE – Antonio Rudiger

(All times Eastern)

Full-Time: Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea (0-3 on aggregate)

Tottenham gave it a good fight in the second half, but Spurs just aren’t good enough to put this Chelsea side under consistent enough pressure. The chase was pegged back by a trio of VAR decisions, two that chalked off penalties and one that ruled out a Harry Kane goal for offside.

Antonio Conte’s pre-match assessment that Chelsea is well and truly above Tottenham on talent proves to be accurate enough. Spurs managed 15 shots to Chelsea’s 13. Antonio Rudiger admitted “today they [Spurs] were a little more dangerous” in his post-match interview, but chalked that up to their own “lack of focus” rather than Spurs being up for the fight. He said “we were in total control of the match” which is a fair assessment in all honesty.

90th minute: Play has resumed after a long delay. No word on exactly what happened. Referee has signaled for six minute of stoppage time, plus we’ll have about two more minutes to account for the delay. That should amount to eight total minutes of added time. Both managers would probably prefer this match be stopped sooner rather than later.

87th minute: The match is paused as there appears to possibly be a medical issue in the crowd. Hope everyone is ok. The players are just milling around on the pitch.

83rd minute: As you can imagine, with the match out of reach, this match has broken down a bit. It’s gotten somewhat messy, sloppy, and chippy. Both sides have brought on some substitutes, while the players on both ends are getting frustrated. Harry Kane remains ont he pitch still.

Now that the Spurs fans have expressed their love for Conte, they’re beginning to file out of the stadium. No reason to stick around with the final few minutes a formality.

76th minute: Chelsea has nearly completed the job, but Thomas Tuchel is a well-known perfectionist. In this half, Spurs has been the better side. The Chelsea boss is not a happy camper.

Kante on for Kovacic.

73rd minute: Spurs still having a go, pushing for a goal, but since the VAR decision they haven’t had a sniff on goal. Some starting to wonder why the best Spurs player is still on the pitch with the goal out of reach.

70th minute: The good Spurs spell has been deflated by the goal being chalked off. Fans are still showing appreciation for the manager, though. It’s clear the home crowd believes the blame for this squad and performance is down to the players not being good enough. That’s on the front office, not the manager.

64th minute: GOAL! Tottenham! Best Spurs spell of the match is rewarded. Kepa wayyyy off his line and a bad turnover allows Harry Kane to pounce on the open net.

But no! It’s overturned on VAR! Harry Kane is offside, all because Kepa was way out of his net, nearly at the top of the penalty area. Kane was just beyond the second defender, it’s quite obvious on replay. Spurs have seen two penalties and one goal chalked off on VAR review. Bad luck.

60th minute: Spurs building into a full-on attacking onslaught. Emerson delivers a header from the penalty stop that’s well-saved by Kepa, although somewhat comfortably.

56th minute: Penalty to Tottenham! That is an OUTRAGEOUS decision from Andre Marriner, it has to be said. Kepa came out to smother a through ball from Kane that was fed between the lines to Lucas Moura. The Spaniard keeper CLEARLY got the ball first and the tackle was clean, without danger to the attacker.

VAR instantly sends the referee to the monitor, and it’s likely this will be overturned. It is, overturned within seconds. Shortest VAR review you’ll ever see. Andre Marriner left red-faced after that one, a frankly pathetic decision from the referee who failed to see Kepa blatantly get the ball. As “clear and obvious” as they come. Not one for the officiating highlight reel.

54th minute: Chelsea has well and truly taken the air out of the ball in this second half with calm possession, rigid defending, and slow adventures forward. All this despite a high Tottenham press as Spurs realize their dire situation. The Blues are not to be trifled with. This is another comprehensive performance.

48th minute: Back out for the second half, Rudiger has a go again with his head, but it’s over the bar this time, unable to double his tally. Chelsea looking strong and in control out of the break.

Halftime: Tottenham 0-1 Chelsa (0-3 on aggregate)

Chelsea is just too good for this Spurs side. Rudiger is making a case for Chelsea to open the check book, and the rest of the side has protected the lead quite well. Tottenham has had its chances, because they have good players, but the consensus is they’re not good enough for the level of ambitions Antonio Conte would prefer.

Home fans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium boo the team back into the tunnel. 135 minutes gone by, 45 more to go, but it certainly feels like the last half of play is a mere formality, barring what would be a comeback/collapse of legendary proportions.

44th minute: Overturned! A lengthy VAR review determines the foul happened inches outside the penalty area. Spurs have a free-kick, but not a penalty. Rudiger – for now – let off the hook

The ball is placed on the ground very nearly touching the edge of the 18-yard box. Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, and Emerson all standing over the ball. It’s Lo Celso, but his looping effort is blocked by a leaping Rudiger as the wall does its job.

40th minute: Penalty to Tottenham! Rudiger scores down one end but just now concedes a penalty on the other. He initially fouled Hojbjerg before the Spurs midfielder got to the penalty area, but the contact continues into the box and Hojbjerg goes down. Andre Marriner points to the spot.

VAR is having a look at the location of the foul. The side angle did appear to support the referee’s decision, but the overhead look puts it in doubt. Does Spurs have a lifeline?

37th minute:  Tottenham putting up more of a fight now, this time on the counter, but Emerson produces a weak effort that’s no problem for Kepa. Chelsea defending well tracking back when Spurs breaks.

32nd minute:  Spurs finally get on the front foot and Hojbjerg fires from distance, a great effort that’s just deflected wide. The ensuing corner gets Kane involved as its flicked to him at the far post but  just  out of his reach. Kane nearly went sliding into the post itself dangerously but managed to avoid injury. Promising, but not yet enough.

Fans and media going in on this Tottenham squad. It’s not good enough to compete with the big boys.

25th minute:  Relentless Chelsea possession, as they now have held 72% possession through the first 25 minutes of the match, despite conceding the first five minutes or so to Spurs. The Blues are convincing.

18th minute: GOAL! Chelsea! Antonio Rudiger has almost certainly put Chelsea into the final at Wembley. Off a corner, Spurs goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini came out to punch, and he didn’t get there before Rudiger who headed into the empty net. Chelsea had controlled the last 10 minutes after weathering the early Spurs pressure, and the goal was coming. You have to wonder at what point Chelsea decides to give Rudiger a blank check to keep him from leaving this summer.

Antonio Conte may be rueing his decision to sit Hugo Lloris. Before, Spurs needed to climb a mountain, now they need a rocket to space to turn this around.

10th minute:  Chelsea just knocking the ball about, a real snooze-inducing possessional offense. Not terribly surprising given.

Then…bang, a long ball from the back is on a platter for Romelu Lukaku, who nearly opens the scoring but is  just  put off by Davinson Sanchez.

7th minute: Spurs showing the early intent they need. Christensen hacks down Lo Celso, but Kane’s free-kick from just outside the top of the box is smashed into the wall. Ronaldo-esque.

3rd minute:  It appears Chelsea has situated itself as a 4-2-2-2 instead of the usual 3-4-3 Tuchel likes to deploy. Malang Sarr is playing left-back. Has Ralf Rangnick shown up in a Chelsea shirt?

1st minute:  We’re under way! As commentator Peter Drury notes on kickoff, Tottenham cannot concede the first goal. They must score the first goal, in any way, shape, or form. Otherwise they’re sunk.

2:41 p.m.: History suggest Chelsea will come through unscathed. The demons of a past slip on a big European stage have been all but exorcised.

2:37 p.m.:  Spurs certainly won’t go down without a fight, but will they have enough to turn this tie on its head?

2:00 p.m.:  Lineups are in. American international Christian Pulisic is on the Chelsea bench, along with last leg’s goalscorer Kai Havertz. Instead, Thomas Tuchel has chosen captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Calum Hudson-Odoi as the wing-backs.

For Tottenham, Antonio Conte may be conceding somewhat, with regular goalkeeper Hugo Lloris rested. Harry Kane is in the Spurs lineup, however, while Giovani Lo Celso gets a rare start in midfield.

Full lineups are listed below.

1:13 p.m.:  A beautiful scene and a beautiful stadium.

12:45 p.m.: I have only just discovered this Twitter account, and yessssss feed me more N’Golo Kante content. It’s matchday!

Tottenham vs. Chelsea lineups

Tottenham is a mostly healthy side, but there is one big injury absence that will affect its chances in this match. Attacking force  Heung-min Son  is out for a month with a muscular problem that he didn’t feel until the day after the first leg at Stamford Bridge. That’s a big blow to a Spurs side already down by two goals and lacking goalscoring prowess of late.

Steven Bergwijn  is also out due to a calf injury, plus the rumors surrounding his possible January exit.  Eric Dier  is a question mark due to a non-COVID related illness, and  Cristian Romero  could also make his return now that he’s back in training.

That has left Antonio Conte to name a weaker lineup, instead preferring to save the first-teamers for Saturday’s huge Premier League match against rivals Arsenal. While plenty of regulars like Davinson Sanchez, Harry Kane, and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are listed, Gio Lo Celso gets a rare start as does Matt Doherty, with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris rested.

Tottenham projected starting lineup (3-5-2): Gollini (GK) – Davies, Tanganga, Sánchez – Doherty, Højbjerg, Winks, Lo Celso, Emerson – Moura, Kane

Tottenham subs (9):  Lloris (GK), Paskotsi, Sessegnon, Rodon, Skipp, White, Alli, Bryan, Scarlett.

Chelsea is lacking defensive options, but got good news that  Cesar Azpilicueta ‘s struggles were due to nothing more than cramps and he continues on as Chelsea’s captain.  Thiago Silva  had tested positive for COVID-19 and while he returns, he only makes the bench, leaving  Malang Sarr  back in the lineup. N’Golo Kante is in the same boat, alongside the Brazilian defender amongst the substitutes.

Reece James  and  Ben Chilwell  are out with their long-term injuries, while  Trevoh Chalobah  is also a miss with a hamstring strain.  Edouard Mendy  is on AFCON 2022 duty (and also tested positive for COVID-19 while with Senegal), so  Kepa Arrizabalaga  is the man in net for the forseeable future.

Thomas Tuchel has gone with Azpilicueta as a wing-back opposite Calum Hudson-Odoi , while preferring the out-of-form Timo Werner ahead of last leg’s goalscorer Kai Havertz up front. American Christian Pulisic is on the bench as well.

Chelsea projected starting lineup (4-2-2-2): Kepa (GK) – Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Sarr – Jorginho, Kovacic – Hudson-Odoi, Mount – Werner, Lukaku.

Chelsea subs (9):  Bettinelli (GK), Thiago Silva, Alonso, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Saul, Havertz, Pulisic, Ziyech.

How to watch Tottenham vs. Chelsea

  • Date: Wednesday, Jan. 12
  • Time:  2:45 p.m. ET
  • Streaming:  ESPN+ (subscribers only)

The Wednesday EFL Cup semifinal second leg between Tottenham and Chelsea from London will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN’s streaming service, ESPN+.

Chelsea vs. Tottenham betting lines, picks & predictions

Pick:  Double Chance parlay – Draw or Chelsea & under 2.5 goals (+110)

Prediction:  Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea

  • Moneyline:  Tottenham +175 / Draw +245 / Chelsea +160
  • Spread (Asian Handicap): Tottenham pick’em (+100) / Chelsea pick’em (-115)
  • O/U 2.5 total goals:  Over -105 / Under -110
  • Both teams to score: Yes -145 / No +110

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