Chelsea advances to the semi-finals of the EFL Cup by defeating Newcastle in a penalty shootout, resulting in a 1-1 draw.

Chelsea maintained their aspirations of winning the EFL Cup by producing a remarkable comeback towards the end of the match to defeat Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge.

The match was filled with intense suspense, ultimately necessitating an injury-time goal from Mikhailo Mudryk to force the game into a penalty shootout. The thrilling turn of events transpired following a blunder by Kieran Trippier, which enabled Mudryk to equalize the score.

In the subsequent shootout, Trippier’s misfortune persisted as he missed his shot, compounding Newcastle’s difficulties. In contrast, Dorde Petrovic played a crucial role in saving Matt Ritchie’s kick, ensuring Chelsea’s advancement to the next round.

Newcastle managed to score first with a skilled goal from Callum Wilson in the 16th minute. Wilson started a lengthy sprint from his own half, appearing to lose control of the ball near the area. However, Benoit Badiashile’s poor touch unintentionally granted Wilson the chance to gracefully curve a shot with the outer part of his foot, surpassing Dorde Petrovic. In spite of Newcastle’s initial advantage, Chelsea exerted control over the ball possession throughout the entire game. They came close to equalizing early on when Connor Gallagher’s attempt hit the crossbar. Bruno Guimaraes also played a vital role in preventing Raheem Sterling from scoring by clearing his shot off the goal line. Nicolas Jackson had an opportunity to give Chelsea the lead, but his shot narrowly missed the target.

During the second half, Christopher Nkunku made his highly anticipated debut as a substitute for Chelsea. However, the home team faced difficulties in scoring until Mudryk’s timely intervention, which ultimately saved their chances of advancing in the EFL Cup.

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