Leicester 2-4 Chelsea: Fabregas inspires comeback to stake claim for Arsenal clash

Cesc Fabregas scored twice in extra time as Chelsea recovered from 2-0 down to secure their place in the EFL fourth round after beating Leicester 4-2.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea celebrates scoring his sides fourth goal with Gary Cahill of Chelsea during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Leicester City and Chelsea at The King Power Stadium on September 20, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Shinji Okazaki had put Leicester 2-0 up in the first half but goals either side of half-time from Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta took the clash to extra time.

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Marcin Wasilewski was sent off at the end of 90 minutes for a second bookable offence and Leicester had to play 30 minutes with 10 men.

And Fabregas punished Claudio Ranieri’s stretched side in lethal style as he looks to earn a starting berth against his former club Arsenal at the weekend.

Pedro had a goal narrowly ruled out for offside while Marcin Wasilewski was fortunate to not give away a penalty early in the first half as Chelsea started well.

But Okazaki bundled two over the line after a series of awful defensive errors from Antonio Conte’s men.

Cahill headed home from a corner on the stroke of half-time to cut the deficit before Azpilicueta’s incredible volley levelled things up early in the second half.

Wasilewski was sent off just before the end of normal time after picking up a second yellow card and the game went to extra time.

In the second minute of extra time, Chelsea were ahead as Fabregas calmly finished following excellent work from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.

Fabregas then added his second as he smashed home a loose ball bouncing in the Leicester box.



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