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  • 23 January 2013
  • • 21:45
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: C. Foy
  • • Attendance: 19506
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Swansea City win Aggregate 2 - 0

Swansea 0-0 Chelsea (Agg 2-0): Stalemate sends Swans to Wembley as disgraced Hazard sees red

Swansea 0-0 Chelsea (Agg 2-0): Stalemate sends Swans to Wembley as disgraced Hazard sees red

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The Belgian was sent off for appearing to kick a ball boy late on as Rafa Benitez's side could not break down Michael Laudrup's team, who reached their first ever major cup final

Swansea fans can start dreaming of silverware after Michael Laudrup's side drew 0-0 with Chelsea in the Capital One Cup semi-final at Liberty Stadium to win 2-0 on aggregate and book a final with Bradford at Wembley on 24 February.

The night was a huge blow to Rafa Benitez who also saw Eden Hazard sent off for appearing to kick a ball boy, leaving the FA Cup and Europa League as the Stamford Bridge club's only realistic chances of winning a trophy.

The Swans meanwhile can look forward to their first ever appearance in a major cup final, and could become the first Welsh winners of the League Cup in a terrific first season in charge for Laudrup.

Controversy ensued after just five minutes in a lively opening -  Demba Ba, preferred to Fernando Torres, went down in the area as Ben Davies hung out a leg, but the striker's theatrical reaction failed to persuade referee Chris Foy.

Swansea continued the entertaining start with Michu stinging Petr Cech's hands with a fine 16-yard drive after a clever through-ball by Wayne Routledge, with the hosts showing no fear in defending their two-goal cushion.

Gerhard Tremmel scooped up Eden Hazard's low effort on 20 minutes with Ba lurking for the rebound and did well to hold Ramires' strong drive three minutes later as Chelsea began to threaten the hosts.

Juan Mata couldn't quite control a Ba pass well enough to feed Oscar who would have had a simple finish from 12 yards, but the flair of the visitors' forwards began to shine through despite the confident passing of Laudrup's side.

Swansea failed to clear the ball on the half hour after a mishit Mata volley eventually found its way to Oscar, but the young Brazilian couldn't find enough space to shoot from eight yards and a good chance went begging.

Ba blasted a half-volley over the bar after a defensive mix-up in injury time, leaving his side with just 45 minutes to find two vital goals.

While many would have assumed Chelsea to push on in the second half in search of goals, the visiting fans were left frustrated with the likes of Mata and Ramires seeing shots closed down by a determined display from the hosts.

Chelsea upped the tempo as Mata unleashed a fine 20-yard drive with 18 minutes to go that Tremmel expertly held on to, while Torres was introduced with 13 minutes to try and rescue the game.

However, all hopes of a comeback faded after Hazard received his marching orders with 10 minutes to go after bizarrely kicking a ball from underneath a ball boy, who appeared to be lying on the ball to waste time.

Swansea ended up looking the likelier side to score late on as Ki and Nathan Dyer wasted opportunities, but the Swans will not care about failing to score as they have a dream date at Wembley to look forward to.

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