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January 24, 2013 3:45 AM SGT
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 19506‎
 
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Swansea City
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Swansea 0-0 Chelsea (Agg 2-0): Stalemate sends Swans to Wembley as disgraced Hazard sees red

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

By Tom J Doyle

Swansea City vs Chelsea - Capital One Cup, Ashley Williams & Eden Hazard
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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.


Swansea City

25
Gerhard Tremmel
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
Chico
Defender
 - 
22
Ángel Rangel
Defender
 - 
33
Ben Davies
Defender
 - 
6
Ashley Williams
Defender
 - 
7
Leon Britton
Midfielder
 - 
9
Michu
Midfielder
 - 
11
Pablo Hernández
Midfielder
 - 
15
Wayne Routledge
Midfielder
65′
 - 
20
 - 
4
Sung-Yong Ki
Midfielder
 - 

Chelsea FC

 - 
1
Petr Cech
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
3
Ashley Cole
Defender
86′
 - 
24
Gary Cahill
Defender
 - 
28
 - 
7
Ramires
Midfielder
 - 
8
Frank Lampard
Midfielder
 - 
11
Oscar
Midfielder
81′
 - 
17
Eden Hazard
Midfielder
80′
 - 
8
Juan Mata
Midfielder
 - 
19
Demba Ba
Striker

Substitutes

1
Michel Vorm
Goalkeeper
 - 
21
 - 
12
Nathan Dyer
Midfielder
65′
 - 
30
 - 
9
 - 
14
Roland Lamah
Midfielder
 - 

Substitutes

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21
Ross Turnbull
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
David Luiz
Defender
68′
 - 
20
 - 
26
John Terry
Defender
 - 
23
 - 
21
Marko Marin
Midfielder
 - 
9

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