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Chelsea beat Everton to reach Carabao Cup quarter-final

Antonio Rudiger

Willian scored the decisive second as Chelsea advanced to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals with victory over a rejuvenated Everton at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea contained the visitors with ease in the first half and led through Antonio Rudiger's looping header.

But Everton were sharper after the break as Kevin Mirallas had a shot well saved and Ademola Lookman hit the bar.

Willian drilled a superb low finish home in stoppage time before Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted a consolation.

Chelsea will learn their last-eight opponents when the draw is made at 16:00 BST on Thursday.

Unsworth's first audition shows promise

David Unsworth

David Unsworth - taking charge of Everton in the wake of Ronald Koeman's sacking on Monday - will not have a last-eight tie to look forward to but he will be pleased with his team's performance.

A commanding defender during his playing days, the caretaker boss will not relishing the opener however.

With Michael Keane dropped to the bench and a flat back four on the pitch, neither Phil Jagielka nor Ashley Williams commanded the penalty box as Chelsea as Rudiger floated free to directed a fine header back across Jordan Pickford from Charly Musonda's cross.

Unsworth has made no secret of his desire to be permanent Toffees manager and, after an insipid first half, his contagious passion for the club appeared to inspire a much-improved second-half showing.

Everton's energy and industry flustered Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Gary Cahill in the home defence and it took a string of smart saves from Willy Caballero to preserve their lead before Willian drilled in the hosts' second.

A more mobile attack, with Tom Davies, Mirallas and Aaron Lennon all brought into the startling line-up, provided the Toffees with more direction and urgency and that may be the key lesson from the evening.

Conte makes do and wins

Willian

With a Champions League campaign to fight alongside their Premier League title defence, this was the type of game to test a squad that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte feels is stretched too thin.

However Danny Drinkwater, a £35m signing from Leicester, is some impressive back-up to call upon and the England international delivered a typically assured performance on his debut for the club.

Michy Batshuayi could not take his chance to similarly press his claims for a first-team role.

The Belgian was outmuscled by Jagielka after rounding Pickford in his only clear chance and saw Alvaro Morata, firmly Conte's first-choice striker, come on in his place before the end.

The moment of quality that killed the game as a contest came from another Conte favourite as Willian hammered a low shot in off the inside of the post to double the lead.

Calvert-Lewin bundled home a minute later, but it was destined to be in vain.

Man of the match - Willian

Willian

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 1Caballero
  • 2RüdigerBooked at 66mins
  • 27Christensen
  • 24Cahill
  • 21Zappacosta
  • 44Ampadu
  • 6DrinkwaterSubstituted forFàbregasat 62'minutes
  • 16Kenedy
  • 22Willian
  • 23BatshuayiSubstituted forMorataat 85'minutes
  • 17MusondaSubstituted forPedroat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Fàbregas
  • 9Morata
  • 11Pedro
  • 35Clarke-Salter
  • 36Scott
  • 37Eduardo
  • 66Sterling

Everton

  • 1Pickford
  • 43Kenny
  • 6JagielkaBooked at 61mins
  • 5WilliamsBooked at 28mins
  • 3Baines
  • 12LennonSubstituted forLookmanat 73'minutes
  • 16McCarthyBooked at 52minsSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 64'minutes
  • 54Baningime
  • 26DaviesBooked at 50mins
  • 11Mirallas
  • 10RooneySubstituted forNiasseat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Keane
  • 18Sigurdsson
  • 19Niasse
  • 29Calvert-Lewin
  • 30Holgate
  • 31Lookman
  • 33Robles
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
40,655

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 2, Everton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Everton 1.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 2, Everton 1. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 2, Everton 0. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jonjoe Kenny.

Pedro (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Davies (Everton).

Attempt missed. Ademola Lookman (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leighton Baines following a set piece situation.

Foul by Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea).

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas tries a through ball, but Álvaro Morata is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Morata.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Álvaro Morata replaces Michy Batshuayi.

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oumar Niasse (Everton).

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Oumar Niasse replaces Wayne Rooney.

Ademola Lookman (Everton) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Davide Zappacosta.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) because of an injury.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Phil Jagielka.

Attempt missed. Ademola Lookman (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Davies with a through ball.

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).

Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Ademola Lookman replaces Aaron Lennon.

Attempt missed. Tom Davies (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Leighton Baines following a set piece situation.

Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea).

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Pedro replaces Charly Musonda.

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Michy Batshuayi.

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton).

Attempt saved. Phil Jagielka (Everton) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross.

Booking

Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea).

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Antonio Rüdiger.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces James McCarthy.

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