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Chelsea fight back to beat Leicester after extra time

Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas’ goals were his first of the season

Cesc Fabregas scored twice in extra time as Chelsea came from two goals down to beat 10-man Leicester and reach the EFL Cup fourth round.

Shinji Okazaki’s header and instinctive strike put Leicester in control, but Gary Cahill nodded in before the break.

Cesar Azpilicueta equalised with a long-range strike before Foxes defender Marcin Wasilewski was sent off.

Fabregas’ clipped finish put Chelsea ahead early in the first extra period and his powerful strike sealed the win.

Slick in attack, sloppy in defence

Chelsea have scored in every game this season and their attacking strength came to the fore towards the end of this game.

However, their defensive frailties should continue to be a cause for concern for boss Antonio Conte.

Only once in their previous 14 games in all competitions have the Blues managed to keep a clean sheet – and they were needlessly exposed in the first half of this game.

Azpilicueta’s awkward touch when trying to deal with Ahmed Musa’s cross allowed Ozaki to nip in and flick a header over Asmir Begovic, and the Foxes forward then profited from a static backline to score a second.

“Chelsea’s decision-making when under pressure was poor,” BBC Radio 5 live summariser and former Leicester defender Gerry Taggart said.

“We are talking about basics. Clear the ball first, then ask questions. Some of Chelsea’s decision making was abysmal.”

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Match ends, Leicester City 2, Chelsea 4.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Leicester City 2, Chelsea 4.

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny Simpson (Leicester City).

Offside, Chelsea. Nathaniel Chalobah tries a through ball, but Cesc Fàbregas is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Marcos Alonso with a cross.

David Luiz (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

David Luiz (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by David Luiz (Chelsea).

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Second Half Extra Time begins Leicester City 2, Chelsea 4.

First Half Extra Time ends, Leicester City 2, Chelsea 4.

Foul by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Chilwell (Leicester City).

Attempt blocked. Victor Moses (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ron-Robert Zieler.

Attempt saved. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal! Leicester City 2, Chelsea 4. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ben Chilwell.

Goal! Leicester City 2, Chelsea 3. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

First Half Extra Time begins Leicester City 2, Chelsea 2.

Second Half ends, Leicester City 2, Chelsea 2.

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.

Attempt missed. Victor Moses (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Substitution, Leicester City. Daniel Amartey replaces Demarai Gray.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Danny Simpson.

Second yellow card to Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) for a bad foul.

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

Substitution, Chelsea. Eden Hazard replaces Pedro.

Attempt missed. David Luiz (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Daniel Drinkwater.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ron-Robert Zieler.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37346049