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Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg review

28 January 2015

We take a look at the action in the Semi-Final second legs of the 2014/15 Capital One Cup.

Christian Eriksen struck after 88 minutes as Tottenham Hotspur killed off a stunning Che Adams-inspired Sheffield United comeback to reach the Capital One Cup final with a 3-2 aggregate win.

Nigel Clough's cup specialists had rescued a seemingly impossible position in the tie as substitute Adams scored twice within five minutes of coming on at Bramall Lane to level the aggregate score at 2-2.

But Eriksen, who had opened the scoring on a night of snow and hail with a brilliant free-kick, had the final say just as the Blades began to entertain hopes of another remarkable cup win.

United had gone into the game having beaten five Premier League teams over the previous year and they sensed another scalp despite trailing 1-0 from the first leg.

Adams, 18, gave them hope just when it seemed Spurs had it won, but the Premier League class eventually told.

On Tuesday night, Branislav Ivanovic headed Chelsea into the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in a 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

With the score level at 1-1 from the first leg, Ivanovic’s extra-time goal was all that came between the sides in a thrilling contest, and it was enough to take the Blues into the League Cup Final for the first time in seven years.

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The game was lively from the start and twice Liverpool spurned chances to take the lead in the first half as Thibaut Courtois saved well from Alberto Moreno and then Philippe Coutinho, while Simon Mignolet twice denied Diego Costa at the other end.

But Ivanovic was on hand in the fourth minute of extra-time, nodding in Willian’s free-kick, to send the Blues to Wembley for 1st March’s Capital One Cup Final, against either Sheffield United or Tottenham Hotspur.

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