Chelsea 1-1 Southampton (4-3 pens): Player rating


Chelsea advance to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup after a dramatic penalty shootout victory against a lively team from Southampton.

The two teams had a draw during normal time, before a Will Smallbone miss and a Reece James conversion showed the difference in the penalty shootout.

As you probably could have guessed, Chelsea dominated the early stages of the game and almost took the lead through Saul Niguez in the sixth minute. Midfielder / right-back / winger / wherever he was asked to play steps from a corner kick to force Fraser Forster to a decent stop.

Then it was Kai Havertz who almost opened the scoring for the home side – curling a wonderful effort from the edge of the penalty area right next to the post, before firing a shot straight at Forster from a narrow angle 10 minutes later.

After failing to convert those chances, Southampton began (surprisingly) to grow into the match and put Chelsea’s five in their own penalty area for a period. The Saints players could smell victory in the air. Stuart Armstrong struck a 30 meter free kick home 25 minutes into the match. But after rejecting Malang Sarr, the shot was then collected well by Kepa.

Just before half-time, the Blues took an undeserved lead, when Havertz brilliantly nodded the ball into the lower right corner from a Hakim Ziyech corner.

And just after half-time, Southampton deservedly took steady strides through Che Adams. The Scottish national team player was able to poke the ball home from two yards after Kepa let a Kyle Walker-Peters shot squeeze under him (apparently).

That goal brought the match to life, with Havertz almost getting his support moments later – denied by the brilliant Forster’s feet – and Southampton almost making his second of the night via Adam Armstrong – denied by Kepa’s arms.

With 15 minutes left, Chelsea missed a few more chances, with Saul pulling a shot from the edge of the box next to the post, before seeing a curling shot saved by Southampton number one about 30 seconds later.

The last chances of the match fell on the guests, where both Southampton’s midfielders saw the nod saved by Kepa – which means that the match would be decided with a penalty kick.

Both teams made their first penalties in the penalty shootout, before Theo Walcott and Mason Mount saw their saves. CHO and Shane Long then scored, putting pressure on Smallbone to make their penalty in their first appearance since suffering a serious knee injury. The young midfielder lifted his effort over the crossbar, allowing Reece James to step up to make the winning kick.

Two Smiling Spaniards / Shaun Botterill / GettyImages

Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – 6/10 – Error on target. Made some good saves after that to be fair to him, and then saved Walcott’s penalty.

Reece James (CB) – 5/10 – Not as comfortable as center back as fullback, but played pretty well considering. Made the winning kick.

Trevoh Chalobah (CB) – 6/10 – The best of Chelsea’s midfielders.

Malang Sarr (CB) – 4/10 – Lost possession of the ball in the run-up to Southampton’s goal.

Saul was okay / Robin Jones / GettyImages

Callum Hudson-Odoi (RWB) – 6/10 – Lively on the flank. Chelsea should probably have gotten the ball to him a little more often. Coolly made his penalty.

Ross Barkley (CM) – 4/10 – Not really “Chelsea stuff” at this point in his career, right?

Mateo Kovacic (CM) – 5/10 – When Kovacic plays instead of Jorginho, you are quickly reminded of how good Jorginho is.

Saul Niguez (CM) – 6/10 – Saw some decent efforts on goal saved by Forster. Probably his best game at the club so far (which doesn’t say much).

Marcos Alonso (LWB) – 4/10 – Delivery from the left was simply not good enough. In any case, he received his punishment.

Havertz scored / Sebastian Frej / MB Media / GettyImages

Kai Havertz (ST) – 7/10 – Southampton’s defense caused a myriad of problems by pushing out to the left and deservedly scoring a goal.

Hakim Ziyech (ST) – 5/10 – Set up the opener from a set piece, but did not do much else.

Ben Chilwell – Did his punishment.

Mason Mount – Missed his penalty.

Lyanco was brilliant / James Williamson – AMA / GettyImages

Fraser Forster (GK) – 8/10 – Made some incredible saves throughout the match, including in the penalty shootout.

Kyle Walker-Peters (RB) – 7/10 – Chelsea caused problems all night, and turned out to be the catalyst for Southampton’s goal.

Lycano (CB) – 8/10 – A rock in the back for Southampton.

Mohammed Salisu (CB) – 5/10 – Smarter than his partner at the back.

Yan Valery (LB) – 4/10 – Obviously did not like playing against CHO.

A strong excursion from Armstrong / Shaun Botterill / GettyImages

Nathan Tella (RM) – 3/10 – Worked hard, but really did nothing.

Stuart Armstrong (CM) – 6/10 – Pushed Southampton forward with some fantastic runs on the ball.

Ibrahima Diallo (CM) – 6/10 – Digged up Kovacic whenever he could – hence his booking – and was generally better off with his opposite number all night.

Moussa Djenepo (LM) – 5/10 – He did not get the ball in dangerous areas as much as he had wanted.

Che scored / Justin Setterfield / GettyImages

Che Adams (ST) – 6/10 – Made the equalizer after some terrible goalkeeper play from Kepa.

Adam Armstrong (ST) – 6/10 – Had a decent effort saved by Kepa in the second half. Made his penalty in the penalty shootout.

Smallbone missed his penalty / James Williamson – AMA / GettyImages

Shane Long – Marked his first game of the season with a goal in the penalty shootout.

Theo Walcott – Came off the bench and missed his penalty.

Oriol Romeu – Added some much needed energy when he came in and made his pen.

Will Smallbone – His first outing then a serious knee injury, and you could see how far he lifted his penalty over the crossbar.

Tino Livramento – N / A.

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