Chelsea have scored a number of crucial late goals in League Cup quarter-finals over the years including a stoppage-time winner by Alvaro Morata in last season’s dramatic victory against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.
With the Blues preparing to host the Cherries in the Carabao Cup this week for the second consecutive year, we recall five occasions when Chelsea have netted vital late goals in the last eight of the competition.
Sheffield Wednesday 1984/85
Chelsea’s League Cup quarter-final against Sheffield Wednesday in early 1985 is best remembered for the epic replay at Hillsborough on 28 January when we came from 3-0 down to lead 4-3 before a late Owls penalty sent the tie to a second replay. That game on 6 February was no less dramatic as the Blues again came from behind again with David Speedie equalising before the diminutive Mickey Thomas met Paul Canoville’s corner in the final minute with a firm header which went through a crowd of players in the six-yard box for the winner in our 2-1 triumph.
Newcastle United 2001/02
Chelsea’s clash with Newcastle United in December 2001 was scoreless and headed for extra-time when the Blues launched one final attack in stoppage time. Receiving the ball 30 metres out, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink played it to Boudewijn Zenden on the left flank before darting into the box to meet the cross from his Dutch compatriot. He got to the ball ahead of Shay Given and stabbed it home, with his momentum carrying him into the net, which he yanked off its moorings before falling to the ground and getting mobbed by his team-mates.
Brought on as a substitute at Craven Cottage after Brian McBride had cancelled out Damien Duff’s opener for the Blues, Frank Lampard produced an 88th-minute winner to settle our derby clash against Fulham. After receiving the ball from Scott Parker, Super Frank slalomed past a challenge before driving a hard low shot which took a slight nick off a defender to deceive goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar as the ball bounced off his legs and into the roof of the net.
Blackburn Rovers 2009/10
Trailing 3-2 to Blackburn at Ewood Park in the dying embers of extra-time in December 2009, Chelsea got a lifeline from the most unlikely of sources. With almost every player packed into the Rovers box for a late-free-kick, goalkeeper Paul Robinson flapped at the high ball which found its way to Paulo Ferreira, who fired home from a tight angle for the second of his two goals in 217 games for the Blues. Unfortunately, the Portuguese defender’s heroics proved in vain as the Blues were beaten in the subsequent penalty shoot-out.
Having trailed for much of last December’s quarter-final against the Blues, Bournemouth appeared to have forced extra-time when Dan Gosling fired home an equaliser in the final minute of stoppage time. However, the Cherries switched off on the restart and it proved costly for them as Eden Hazard broke into the box and back-heeled the ball for an unmarked Alvaro Morata to fire past Artur Boruc to make it 2-1, sending us through to the semi-finals once again.