WHITE HART LANE – Chelsea beat 10-man Derby 3-1 at the iPro Stadium and move into the Capital One Cup semifinal, PakistanTribe reported.
Eden Hazard profited from a mistake by Rams captain Richard Keogh to coolly slot the visitors in front halfway through a first half dominated by Jose Mourinho’s men, before Filipe Luis doubled the lead with a stunning free kick.
Craig Bryson pulled one back with a fine finish 20 minutes from time, before the hosts were reduced to 10 men as last man Jake Buxton was sent off for a foul on Loic Remy, and Andre Schurrle made them pay as he fired in a third to seal victory.
There were two blows for the visitors as Kurt Zouma was stretchered off in first-half stoppage time after being knocked unconscious as he went up for a cross with goalkeeper Petr Cech, before Didier Drogba limped off after slipping on the rain-hit surface.
Derby had to cope without Ryan Shotton after the defender was sent off in their Championship defeat at Middlesbrough, so Buxton was introduced as Will Hughes replaced Jeff Hendrick in midfield.
The visitors, meanwhile, rang the changes but Jose Mourinho still named a strong line-up for the trip to the iPro Stadium. Schurrle and Cesc Fabregas came back into the XI as Drogba was given the task of leading the line.
It was a quiet opening spell, only marked by Schurrle’s early booking for a foul on Johnny Russell, but Chelsea dominated possession without looking in a hurry to score.
Steve McClaren felt Derby were robbed by a poor red card
But the visitors took the lead on 23 minutes after excellent pressing forced a mistake from skipper Keogh, who surrendered possession to Drogba. The striker found Fabregas who quickly released Hazard, and the Belgian worked some space beautifully before firing a low shot beyond the goalkeeper.
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