24th of January 2013 Author: Johnny Karp
Swansea City will play their first major Cup final after holding 10-man Chelsea to a goalless draw in a controversial Capital One semi-final second leg at the Liberty Stadium. The result gave them a 2-0 aggregate win, but the match 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 Swansea's goal. The Swans face League Two side Bradford City in the final at Wembley.
Eden Hazard's red card came after an argument with a ball boy, who was slow getting the ball back into play. The boy appeared to lay on the ball and TV replays showed Hazard kicking him.
Chelsea enjoyed good possession in the match, similar to what they had done in the first leg, but the Blues were unable to make that count on the score board. The first moment of excitement was in the seventh minute when Demba Ba went down in the penalty area, but the referee rejected his claims for a spot kick. At the other end Jonathan de Guzman tried his luck but his shot was blocked by Azpilicueta, before goalkeeper Petr Cech stopped Michu who was through on goal.
Chelsea were trying desperately to get on the score sheet but goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel stopped Oscar and Ramires before Gary Cahill's header was cleared off the line by Angel Rangel. Demba Ba had the last chance before the break but he blazed his shot over the bar.
The second half didn't provide much entertaining before Hazard's controverisial moment 10 minutes from time. Moreover, Swansea could have grabbed a win late on when Nathan Dyer was denied by an amazing save from Petr Cech.
The Capital One Cup final will be played at Wembley on February 24, here are the odds for the match from Bet365:
Bradford win - 8/1
Draw - 11/4
Swansea win - 2/5
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