On Wednesday (August 30), Chelsea is set to take on AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Cup 2nd Round. The match will be held at Stamford Bridge, where the English Premier League team will face off against Wimbledon, currently competing in League Two, the 4th tier of English football. The kickoff is scheduled for 7:45 pm BST. For those in India, the match will start at 00:15 am IST on the early hours of Thursday (August 31).
Chelsea’s season has begun with a topsy-turvy twist, prompting them to kickstart their EFL Cup journey from the 2nd round due to missing out on European spots. The team is currently grappling with a slew of injuries, with key players like Armando Broja (Knee), Benoit Badiashile (Groin), Christopher Nkunku (Knee), and Mykhailo Mudryk (Knock) all sidelined as they prepare for their upcoming fixture.
The game kicked off with the visitors displaying their vigor, securing an early advantage by converting a penalty opportunity in the 18th minute.
Chelsea’s goalkeeper Robert Sanchez collided with Harry Pell while attempting to clear a free-kick. James Tilley capitalized on the situation and successfully scored by shooting the ball down the center of Sanchez’s goal. Chelsea also managed to equalize just before halftime with a penalty kick after Noni Madueke was fouled by Alex Pearce. The winger, Noni Madueke, confidently converted the penalty by sending Alex Bass, the opposing goalkeeper, in the opposite direction.
Following their acquisition of the lead, Wimbledon refused to adopt a passive stance. A Levi Colwill interception proved essential in halting forward Josh Davison’s advancement toward the goal during a counter-attack by Wimbledon.When Chelsea managed to equalize, it was Madueke who found the net, a development that hardly caught anyone off guard, considering he had consistently been the most dynamic offensive asset for the Blues.Mauricio Pochettino displayed notable dissatisfaction with his team’s display. In fact, a few minutes before the conclusion of the first half, he made an early departure down the tunnel.
Match Stats : CHELSEA 2-1 WIMBLEDON
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