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Morata banned after goal celebration





On Wednesday night Chelsea secured their place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup after a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

Alvaro Morata was the hero of the night after coming off the bench to grab the winner. The Spaniard was named on the bench alongside Eden Hazard but both men were introduced in the second half to help the team see off the match alongside Tiemoue Bakayoko after a first half lead had been established thanks to a goal by Willian.

Bournemouth eventually got the equalizer their second half performance deserved when Dan Gosling raced on to a layoff from Jordan Ibe and curled a strike that beat Willy Caballero in goal.

With extra-time looming Chelsea’s response was immediate as straight from the restart, Morata won a header from a long pass from the back, Hazard picked up the ball and with a lovely back-heel set Morata face to face with Asmir Begovic. Morata did the rest sparking celebrations at the Bridge.

Morata, however, was shown a yellow card for his celebration by referee Lee Mason after he stuffed the ball in his shirt, in an apparent tribute to his pregnant wife.

The rule demanding referees to brandish yellow cards for what they view as over-the-top goal celebrations by players has drawn criticisms in the past especially by ex-players and the ones shown to both Dan Gosling and Alvaro Morata is sure to continue the trend.

Morata will now miss Chelsea’s visit to Goodison Park as this was his 5th booking of the season which is accompanied by a one-game ban.

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