Japhet Tanganga – who was at fault for the Blues’ first goal – somehow headed it into the back of Ben Davies, only for the ball to cannon into the bottom right corner.
Tanganga’s attempt to head the ball clear was straight at Davies[/caption]
The Spurs players couldn’t believe their luck as the ball diverted into the back of the net[/caption]
Romelu Lukaku – who had a quiet start to the game – won a free-kick after a foul by Davinson Sanchez just off the corner of Tottenham’s box.
With 11 minutes to go to half-time in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg, Hakim Ziyech whipped a dangerous ball in with his left foot.
And rather than head up and away, Tanganga’s header arrowed straight at his Welsh colleague.
Much to the dismay of the away fans behind the goal it ricocheted off the left-back and past the stranded Hugo Lloris.
It capped a nightmare first half for Tanganga whose pass was intercepted by Marcos Alonso before the Spaniard fed Kai Havertz for the opener after just five minutes.
Sanchez too was also involved in that one, as Havertz’s effort deflected off the Colombian defender’s foot and into the roof of the net.
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Antonio Conte’s side had conceded just seven goals in their last ten games before the game, but found themselves two down against bitter rivals Chelsea inside 34 minutes.
Davies’ comedic own goal left it all to do for Conte and Co if they want to progress to the final of the Carabao Cup.
There is the second leg back at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in seven days time, but they will be heavy underdogs to make it through and contest for the trophy against either Arsenal or Liverpool.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel included Lukaku in his starting line-up tonight after his controversial interview with Sky Italia was made public.
The striker made it clear that he was unhappy at Stamford Bridge, and intended to return to Inter.
It resulted in him being axed from Tuchel’s squad for the thrilling 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Sunday.
But he returned to the side against Tottenham, and won the free-kick which resulted in Davies’ nightmare own goal.
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