Chelsea Seals Carabao Cup Semifinal Spot with Late Drama in Penalties Against Newcastle United

Chelsea secured a spot in the Carabao Cup semifinals after a dramatic late equalizer in stoppage time against Newcastle United, leading to a penalty shootout. Kieran Trippier’s unfortunate error allowed Mykhailo Mudryk to level the score, and despite a valiant effort from Newcastle, Chelsea emerged victorious in penalties.

The quarter-final clash saw Callum Wilson’s early goal putting Newcastle in the lead until Mudryk’s late intervention forced the game into penalties. The shootout drama unfolded, with Chelsea’s Christopher Nkunku, Cole Palmer, Conor Gallagher, and Mudryk hitting the target. In contrast, Newcastle’s fortunes were mixed, with only Wilson and Bruno Guimaraes converting their penalties.

The late twist marked a pivotal moment for Chelsea under manager Mauricio Pochettino, highlighting their resilience and determination. The victory, although hard-fought, reflects the significance of this win for Pochettino as he strives to shape the team’s future.

For Newcastle’s Kieran Trippier, the evening turned sour as his defensive error proved costly. Trippier’s recent dip in form continued, and his missed penalty in the shootout added to the woes of a challenging week for the club. Despite a commendable effort, Newcastle must now regroup under Eddie Howe’s guidance for the upcoming challenges in the Premier League.

The draw for the Carabao Cup semifinals will take place after Wednesday’s fixture between Liverpool and West Ham.