Swansea 0 Chelsea 0

By Paul Lagan
Last updated : 23 January 2013
Eden  Hazard kicked out at a ball boy as Chelsea limped out of  the Capital Cup semi-final at Swansea tonight.
The Blues needed to overcome a 2-0 deficit but could only draw 0-0.
Swansea will now face Bradford City for a chance to be come Capital Cup champions at Wembley on February 24.
Hazrad's shameful act of madness was just a symptom of a complete lack of control from the millionaire players, who, to a man earn more than 10 times the weekly wages of their hard-working opponents.
With the minutes ticking away a ball ball behind the Swansea goal tried a spot of time-waiting and Hazard took the bait, kicking the ball from underneath the 17-year-old who had fallen on top of it.
Referre Chris Foy took his time before deciding to show a red card to Hazrad.
By then the Blues, looked like a spent force.
But Swansea had a game plan and a sense of team spirit to carry it through.
The Blues under the tutelage of interim boss Rafa Benitez have lost another chance to win a trophy.
Already this season, they have lost the Community Shield, Super Cup, The World Club Cup and now the Capital Cup.
 The difference in financial clout between the sides certainly did not make itself evident in the first half.
Swansea probably had sweep the ball away from  the best chance of the half when Michu was sent clear.
The Spaniard raced clear of the Chelsea rearguard and let fly from just inside the area.
Petr Cech was on hand to sweep the ball away from danger.
A Gary Cahill looping header was cleared off then line, an tame Oscar shot was all the Londoners had to show for their superior possession.
The second half started with Swansea in total control, Chelsea seemingly incapable of  creating a sustained challenge.
The Swans, already two up from the first leg at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago displayed a determined and disciplined game, content to let the visitors have the ball, packed out their final third, hoping to break up the Chelsea attack and counter quickly.
Chelsea’s interim boss Rafa Benitez replaced Branislav Ivanovic with David Luiz on 69 minutes in the hope of creating more guile/
Juan Mata forced Tremmel into a fine, low diving save with 17 minutes of the tie remaining.
Eden Hazard kicked out at a ball boy who had fallen on the ball and was quite rightly under Law 12, was sent off by Chris Foy with 10 minutes to go.
A minute later and Benitez decided that he needed to call upon Fernando Torres to score the vital goals to take them to Wembley on February 24.
Off came ineffectual Oscar, uninspired and lacking confidence.
Pablo Hernandez could have finished off Chelsea seconds later when 10-man Chelsea were opened up on a counter. But thankfully Cech, the only Chelsea player to live up to their Champions of Europe billing saved well.
Bizarrely with the tie ebbing away, Benitez decided to replace Ashley Cole with Ryan Bertrand.
The Blues simply were clueless, lacking in leadership and guidence and got what they deserved - nothing.
Next up a crunch FA Cup tie against Brentford on Sunday.

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