Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Emerson after scoring his team's first goal
Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Emerson after scoring his team's first goal

Hazard to the rescue as Blues strike late

Eden Hazard came off the bench to fire Chelsea into the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup as they beat Bournemouth 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

For the second year in a row Chelsea hosted the Cherries in the last eight of this competition, and for the second time in a row it was they who prevailed thanks to Hazard's 84th-minute effort.

Bournemouth were targeting a last-four appearance for the first time in any major cup competition, but it wasn't to be for them. While Chelsea will go on to face Tottenham in the semis.

Bournemouth's Callum Wilson, 2nd left, chases the ball
Bournemouth's Callum Wilson, 2nd left, chases the ball

Chelsea started brighter and Ross Barkley, Willian and Olivier Giroud all had a go at testing Artur Boruc, while Bournemouth's only clear opening in the first quarter fell the way of Callum Wilson, who was fed into the box by Lys Mousset after a smart counter but fired wide.

More opportunities continued to come at both ends as the game opened up. On 28 minutes a David Brooks goalbound effort was blocked by his own team-mate in Mousset, while Chelsea then surged up the other end a couple of minutes later as Ruben Loftus-Cheek found Willian in behind, but he was denied well by Boruc.

Mousset himself then forced Kepa into his first save of the night after 36 minutes as the Chelsea goalkeeper had to be at full stretch to tip his curling effort from the edge of the box wide of the post.

David Brooks of AFC Bournemouth reacts
David Brooks of AFC Bournemouth reacts

As Chelsea's search for an opener continued, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek going closest in the second half as he hit the post after 55 minutes, Maurizio Sarri sent for reinforcements, with both Pedro and Hazard being introduced before the hour mark.

And it was those two who combined for the winning goal as Pedro pulled the ball back for Hazard in the area and he saw his effort deflected off the hand of Charlie Daniels and past the helpless Boruc.