Chelsea beat Aston Villa on penalties in Carabao Cup

Reece James scored the winning penalty for the Blues as they progress to the round of 16.

Chelsea vs Aston Villa

Chelsea beat Aston Villa at home on penalties after the match ended 1-1. The reigning European champions extend their unbeaten start to the season. Chelsea is also on top of the Premier League with 13 points from five matches.

Timo Werner scored his first goal of the season with a header after a beautiful cross from Reece James. It was his first goal for Chelsea in 11 matches. The German should have added to his tally soon after but dragged a shot from close range wide of the target.

Meanwhile, Archer restored equality at Stamford Bridge with a header of his own. Archer, 19 years old, now has four goals in two Carabao Cup games this season. He scored a hat-trick in the 6-0 win over Barrow in the second round. Archer’s goal was also the first goal Chelsea has conceded from open play this season.

Penalty Shootout

Ashley Young struck the crossbar with Villa’s second penalty before Kepa Arrizabalaga saved their third from Marvelous Nakamba to hand the advantage to the home side. Ben Chilwell then struck the bar to take it to the final set of penalties. However, Reece James made no mistake to seal Chelsea’s progress to the round of 16 of the Carabao Cup.

Kepa Arrizabalaga who has been an outcast due to his poor form now has established himself as a safe bet in shootouts. The Spaniard helped Chelsea in their UEFA Super Cup win in the shootout.

Timo Werner did not take a penalty in the shootout. When asked about this Werner responded

“First of all, I had pain in my calf and couldn’t go out. When you have fit players on the pitch, they should shoot than I do today.”

Chelsea takes on Southampton in their next Carabao Cup match in the round of 16.

 

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