Chelsea Overcomes Early Scare to Secure 2-1 Victory Against AFC Wimbledon in Carabao Cup
In a thrilling encounter at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, Chelsea managed to overturn an early setback and triumphed 2-1 against fourth-tier side AFC Wimbledon in the second round of the Carabao Cup.
The League Two underdogs took the lead in a surprising turn of events, converting a penalty in the 19th minute after Chelsea’s goalkeeper Robert Sanchez brought down Harry Pell inside the penalty box. This unexpected advantage gave AFC Wimbledon an early edge.
Despite maintaining significant possession throughout the game, Chelsea struggled to capitalize on their dominance until a pivotal moment arrived. Just before the first-half whistle, England under-21 forward Noni Madueke was fouled inside the box, leading to a penalty. Madueke himself stepped up and confidently converted, leveling the score at 1-1.
The decisive moment came in the 72nd minute when substitute Enzo Fernandez found the back of the net, securing his first goal for Chelsea since his high-profile transfer from Benfica in a British record deal this February. This goal not only clinched the victory for the hosts but also highlighted Fernandez’s potential impact on the team.
Chelsea’s journey in this year’s Carabao Cup took a unique turn due to their absence from European competitions in the previous season. Finishing 12th in the Premier League, the club entered the competition at the second round stage for the first time since 2016. This match against AFC Wimbledon tested Chelsea’s mettle early on and showcased their determination to make a mark in domestic competitions.
In summary, Chelsea’s 2-1 triumph over AFC Wimbledon was a testament to their resilience and ability to overcome challenges. With a penalty equalizer and a well-taken winning goal, the match demonstrated the depth of talent in the squad and set the tone for their Carabao Cup campaign this season.
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