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Chelsea edge Spurs on penalties to reach League Cup final

Friday, 2019-01-25 06:53:56
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Chelsea players celebrate winning the penalty shootout as Tottenham Hotspur players react - Carabao Cup - Semi-Final Second Leg - Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - January 24, 2019. (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)
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Chelsea beat London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on penalties on Thursday and set up a League Cup final showdown against holders Manchester City.

Trailing 1-0 from the semi-final first leg, Chelsea turned the tie on its head with goals by N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard in the first half but Fernando Llorente struck for Spurs in an enthralling Stamford Bridge duel. Chelsea had 20 goal attempts to Tottenham's five but the visitors held firm to set up a penalty shootout.

* Rescuers ended their search on Thursday for the plane carrying Premier League football player Emiliano Sala, which disappeared over the English Channel three days ago, after saying there was little chance anyone aboard had survived. Sala, Cardiff City's new signing, and the plane's pilot, David Ibbotson, have been missing since Monday night. Rescuers have scoured about 1,700 square miles but have found no trace of the aircraft or those on board.

* US Open champion Naomi Osaka staved off a fightback from Karolina Pliskova to reach her maiden Australian Open final with a 6-2 4-6 6-4 win on Thursday setting up a title clash with double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

* Thierry Henry was suspended by Monaco on Thursday and looked set to lose his job as coach after only three months in charge at the Ligue 1 club. The club said Franck Passi, Henry’s assistant coach since December, would be in charge of the team’s training on Friday. Monaco, who appointed the former Arsenal and France striker in October, have picked up only two points in their last five Ligue 1 encounters and sit second from bottom in the table.

* Crystal Palace have signed goalkeeper Lucas Perri from Sao Paulo on loan until the end of the season, with an option to buy the Brazilian when the deal expires, the Premier League club said on Thursday. The 21-year-old shot-stopper came through the youth set-up of Sao Paolo and has played for Brazil at the South American Under-20 Championship in 2015 and 2017.

* Former international referee Ibrahim Chaibou has been banned for life after being found guilty of taking bribes, global football body FIFA said on Thursday. The official from Niger was also fined 200,000 Swiss francs (£154,104) and is banned from "all football-related activities", including administrative ones, FIFA said in a statement.

* Paris St Germain have agreed a deal to sign Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes from Russian side Zenit St Petersburg for 47 million euros (US$53.43 million). The 24-year-old, who plays mainly as a defensive midfielder, is set to sign a 4-1/2 year contract with the French league leaders after completing a medical.

* Japan international Takashi Inui has switched from Real Betis to fellow La Liga side Alaves on loan for the remainder of the season, joining the Basque side's unexpected push for qualification for European football. The midfielder, 30, has spent the last four seasons in the Spanish top flight, first signing for Basque minnows Eibar in August 2015 from Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

* Uruguay, Japan and defending champions Chile will face each other in the first phase of this year's Copa America after being drawn in the same group on Thursday. Tournament hosts Brazil will face Bolivia in the curtain-raiser at Sao Paulo's Morumbi Stadium on June 14 and will also meet Peru and Venezuela in Group A.

* Real Madrid staged a late rally to take a huge step towards the last four of the Copa del Rey by beating Girona 4-2 at home in their quarter-final, first leg on Thursday thanks to goals from Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema in a three-minute spell.

* Brazilian footballing superstar Neymar has suffered a recurrence of injury to the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, the Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain announced on Thursday. Neymar was forced off around the hour mark in PSG's 2-0 home win over Strasbourg on Wednesday, securing a last 16 spot in the French Cup.

Reuters, Xinhua