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Chelsea hit back to thump Leeds 5-1 in League Cup

Published on Dec 20, 2012 6:03 AM
Chelsea's Fernando Torres (C) celebrates his goal with team mates during their English League Cup quarter-final soccer match against Leeds United in Leeds, northern England Dec 19, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Chelsea brought a ray of light to a largely miserable December when they reached the Capital One (League) Cup semi-finals after a 5-1 triumph at second tier Leeds United on Wednesday.

The Londoners, dumped out of the Champions League as holders and beaten in the Club World Cup final already this month as players and dubious fans adjust to interim boss Rafa Benitez, went a goal down before storming back in heavy rain.

Leeds, big rivals of Chelsea after a series of fractious games between the sides since an infamous 1970 FA Cup final, went ahead on 37 minutes through Luciano Becchio after Chelsea defender David Luiz had charged up field and lost the ball.

Chelsea, who had numerous chances in the first half, hit back through Juan Mata just after the break when his shot from the edge of the box following a fine move foxed the goalkeeper.

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