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Chelsea's Hazard sent off as Swansea reach League Cup final

Published on Jan 24, 2013 6:06 AM
Chelsea's Eden Hazard (right) is sent off during their English League Cup semi-final second leg soccer match against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea Jan 23, 2013. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

SWANSEA, United Kingdom (AFP) - Eden Hazard was bizarrely sent off for kicking a ball boy as European champions Chelsea fell to Swansea City in the second leg of their English League Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Swansea held out for a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium to reach the first major final in their history, which will see the Welsh club meet fourth-tier Bradford City at Wembley on Feb 24.

It was a bad day all round for the visitors, who had Belgian winger Hazard sent off for lashing out in frustration at a ball boy with 10 minutes of the game remaining.

Needing to make a rapid start, Chelsea enjoyed plenty of possession in the opening quarter, with Hazard and Oscar covering just about every blade of grass in the Swansea half in pursuit of the gap that might prise open the hosts' back four.

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