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DEADLY EDEN'S A CROCK STAR! CHELSEA 1 Hazard 84 BOURNEMOUTH 0; Sub Hazard shakes off injury to bag late winner and earn clash with Spurs.

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COMETH the hour, cometh the man. The usual man, in Chelsea's case - their Belgian talisman Eden Hazard.

Thrown on by manager Maurizio Sarri just when it looked like they were running out of steam, Hazard - nursing an ankle knock - pounced on Pedro's flick six minutes from the end.

And with one deflected shot he broke Bournemouth's hearts and sent Chelsea into a mouth-watering Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Tottenham.

With Chelsea at the centre of two investigations for alleged racist behaviour by their fans, one including reported anti-semitic chants against Spurs, there is now bound to be a huge spotlight on the two-legged clash with their London rivals.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck this week wrote an open letter to fans vowing to wipe out the "plague" which has enveloped his club.

But Blues assistant manager Gianfranco Zola backed their fans to behave themselves, saying: "I have no doubts that they will respond in a proper way. I'm sure they'll be supporting us in the Chelsea way."

Regarding the cup draw, Zola added: "We are happy because three weeks ago Spurs gave us a footballing lesson. There are a lot of proud players in our team hurt by that result."

Last night was a repeat of the agony of a year ago for Eddie Howe's men, when Alvaro Morata's injury-time winner did the damage. The unlucky South Coast club are still waiting for their first major cup semi-final.

Sarri is still on course for his first major trophy as a boss - but this was a narrow squeak and he once again had to thank Hazard, who now has 10 goals this season - though this was a lucky one.

Cherries keeper Artur Boruc, a hero all night, was in instant action, saving at the foot of his post from Ross Barkley's flick.

The 38-year-old Pole then tipped Barkley's shot away and stopped an effort from Olivier Giroud.

But Howe's side were dangerous on the break and after a good run from Lys Mousset, Callum Wilson - openly courted by Chelsea - screwed his shot wide.

Then home keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga did well to turn Mousset's shot round a post.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, by far Chelsea's best player, clipped a post - but by then Sarri had seen enough and on went his main goal threat in Hazard (right, celebrating with Emerson).

At last the breakthrough came as Pedro ran into the box.

The Spaniard laid the ball back for Hazard, whose shot took a huge deflection off Charlie Daniels' arm to leave Boruc helpless.

Howe insisted afterwards that England striker Wilson is not for sale in January, saying: "Not from my perspective, no. Callum is committed to this club."

CHELSEA: Arrizabalaga 7, Azpilicueta 7, Rudiger 7, Christensen 7 (Luiz 81), Emerson 6, Kovacic 7, Fabregas 6, Barkley 6 (Hazard 61, 7), MOTM Loftus-Cheek 8, Giroud 6, Willian 7 (Pedro 54, 6). BOURNEMOUTH: Boruc 7, Cook 7, Simpson 7, Daniels 6, Rico 6, Ake 6, Brooks 7 (Defoe 87), Stanislas 7 (Fraser 63, 7), Ibe 7, Wilson 7, Mousset 7 (King 73, 6). REF: Anthony Taylor ATT: 40,432 MATCH STATS 73% POSSESSION 27% 12 SHOTS ON TARGET 3 4 SHOTS OFF TARGET 2 6 CORNERS 2 1 OFFSIDE 2 6 FOULS 8 1 0 CARDS 2 0

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NO QUARTER Hazard smashes home the only goal to take Chelsea into the last four where they will face Tottenham

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Date:Dec 20, 2018
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