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EFL Cup; Chelsea to face Arsenal in Semis, Man United knocked out





The EFL Cup, now known as the Carabao Cup, produced a massive upset on Wednesday night as defending champions Manchester United were knocked out of the competition by Championship highflyers Bristol City at the Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol.

A late strike by Korey Smith handed the Robins a 2-1 victory over their more illustrious opponents. Man United were way below par on the night as a number of their stars produced lacklustre performances.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic despite scoring struggled for the entirety of his time on the pitch as he made his first start since April. The Red Devils can have no complaints as their opponents showed more fight and desire and were good value for the win.

Elsewhere, Premier League champions Chelsea needed a last-gasp winner from substitute Alvaro Morata to secure their place in the Semi-finals of this season’s Carabao cup. A much changed starting IX against Bournemouth saw starts handed to Michy Batshuayi, Kenedy and 17-year defender Ethan Ampadu, who produced a performance of real quality proving he is one for the future.

The draws for the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup produces a London derby to look forward to, as Chelsea face Arsenal. Arsenal booked their place thanks to a Danny Welbeck-inspired one nil victory over West Ham United.

The other fixture sees Bristol City look to continue their fairytale run as they face Premier League runaway leaders Manchester City.

The semi-final of the Carabao Cup is a two-legged affair, with the first leg scheduled for January 9 and 10 and the return legs January 23 and 24.

The final is billed for February 25 at Wembley Stadium.

The writer is a passionate Man United fan. He has good insights into the world of football especially the English Premier League.