Chelsea thrives to Carabao Cup final

Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium beat the hosts and made the Blues reach the final.

Chelse's Rudgier and Lukakku celebrate goal

Chelsea was leading 2-0 from the first leg of their semi-final clash and, through Antonio Rudiger’s header, the only goal of the game came early in the first half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to seal their win at Wembley.

They will face Arsenal or Liverpool in the final, with their delayed second leg getting underway tonight.

This is one more opportunity gone this season for Tottenham to end their 14-year trophyless season since they won this competition in 2008 and they are now left with just the FA Cup.

Just after 18 minutes into the first half, Chelsea were in front on the night as Rudiger arrived at the right time to head home Mason Mount's corner.

Spurs were left with a tough battle and they briefly thought they might have a way back into the game as Antonio Rudiger brought down Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg on 40 minutes and referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot.

But a VAR check correctly concluded the foul took place outside the box, and the home side made nothing of the resulting free-kick.

VAR came to Marriner's rescue again, as he pointed to the spot for another Spurs penalty, thinking that Kepa Arrizabalaga had felled Lucas Moura, but it was clear that the Chelsea goalkeeper had cleanly taken the ball.

Chelsea booked their spot in the Carabao Cup final as they eased past Tottenham 3-0 total aggregate.

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