Chelsea came from behind to thrash Leeds at Elland Road and reach the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

Luciano Becchio finished a counter-attack to give the home team a half-time lead and hope of a famous win.

But Juan Mata fired an equaliser just after the break and Branislav Ivanovic headed the Blues into the lead.

Victor Moses found the bottom corner before substitute Eden Hazard slotted home and Fernando Torres tapped in to seal Chelsea's place in the last four.

It is a result that maintains their unbeaten record against Leeds in cup competition and gets them back to winning ways after defeat by Corinthians in the Club World Cup final.

Semi-final draw

  • Chelsea v Swansea
  • Bradford v Aston Villa

The two-legged ties will be played in the weeks commencing 7 & 21 January

The European champions looked in big trouble as Championship side Leeds opened the scoring in front of 35,000 passionate supporters.

But they produced a superb response to give Rafael Benitez his most important victory since taking over as interim manager.

The warnings of League Two Bradford's shock win against Arsenal in the same round were heeded, and Chelsea are now two wins from securing the first trophy of the English domestic season.

Much of the build-up focused on the fierce rivalry of these clubs in the 1960s and 70s, but there was little sign of the old animosity. There were even handshakes between Benitez and Leeds boss Neil Warnock, despite Warnock suggesting he might refuse the gesture following a dispute between the pair dating back to 2007.

It was left to the home crowd to stoke the atmosphere and their side responded with a first-half showing that looked every bit the performance of a side with four wins from their previous five matches.

Moses tested home keeper Jamie Ashdown with an early drive, but a sloppy back-pass from Branislav Ivanovic then almost let in Jerome Thomas and Jason Pearce headed wide from Diouf's free-kick.

Chelsea goal glut

Chelsea have scored 16 goals in three League Cup matches this season, scoring five or more goals in three League Cup games in row

At the other end, Moses felt he was tripped by Brown in the box but got up to draw a fine stop from Ashdown.

But Leeds looked dangerous going forward and Chelsea seemed to be showing the effects of Monday's 6,000-mile flight back from Japan.

The hosts' reward came as Sam Byram intercepted a Luiz pass and released Michael Tonge, who fed Jerome Thomas on the right and his accurate cross was converted first time by Becchio.

The visitors showed signs of coming to life before half-time as Ashdown twice denied Frank Lampard - albeit either side of a Tom Lees header that could have doubled the home side's lead.

That miss proved costly when, a minute into the second period, Moses teed up Mata to beat Ashdown with a low strike that the goalkeeper might have saved.

Chelsea were definitely stirring now and after Torres went close with a header, Ivanovic nodded in at the near post from Lampard's corner.

Moments later, Moses ran at a shaken Leeds defence and made it three with a powerful effort, before Hazard ran on to a perfectly weighted Luiz through-ball to score shortly after coming on.

Torres got in on the act with a late tap-in to boost Chelsea's hopes of a fifth League Cup triumph.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

League Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leeds United 1-5 Chelsea FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Becchio 37
  • Mata 47
  • Ivanovic 64
  • Moses 66
  • Hazard 81
  • Torres 84

Leeds United

  • 12 Ashdown
  • 02 Peltier
  • 04 Lees
  • 05 Pearce
  • 07 Green
  • 09 Thomas (White 68)
  • 17 Brown (Norris 72)
  • 18 Tonge
  • 25 Byram
  • 10 Becchio
  • 21 Diouf (McCormack 72)

Substitutes

  • 01 Kenny,
  • 11 Varney,
  • 14 White,
  • 19 Norris,
  • 20 Gray,
  • 28 Somma,
  • 44 McCormack

Chelsea

Substitutes

Ref: MarrinerAtt: 33,816
LEEDS UNITED
CHELSEA

Possession

  • Leeds United 45%
  • Chelsea 55%

Attempts on target

  • Leeds United 5
  • Chelsea 16

Attempts off target

  • Leeds United 5
  • Chelsea 3

Corners

  • Leeds United 5
  • Chelsea 7

Fouls

  • Leeds United 10
  • Chelsea 6
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:11 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+1:45 Aidan White takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
  • 86:54 Jason Pearce gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres. Frank Lampard restarts play with the free kick.
  • 86:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Jason Pearce. Frank Lampard takes the free kick.
  • 84:49 Petr Cech takes the free kick.
  • 84:49 Substitution Paulo Ferreira is brought on as a substitute for Juan Mata.
  • 84:49 Luciano Becchio is caught offside.
  • 83:20 The assist for the goal came from Eden Hazard.
  • 83:20 GOAL - Fernando TorresLeeds United 1 - 5 Chelsea Fernando Torres finds the back of the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Leeds 1-5 Chelsea.
  • 82:39 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.
  • 80:32 Assist on the goal came from David Luiz.
  • 80:32 GOAL - Eden HazardLeeds United 1 - 4 Chelsea Eden Hazard finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 1-4 Chelsea.
  • 79:33 Inswinging corner taken by Michael Tonge from the left by-line, Michael Tonge takes a shot.
  • 78:26 Inswinging corner taken by Michael Tonge from the left by-line.
  • 77:33 Emboaba Oscar takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown. Branislav Ivanovic fouled by Ross McCormack, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
  • 75:03 Michael Tonge takes a shot. David Luiz gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Michael Tonge from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 73:01 Substitution Ashley Cole is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Bertrand.
  • 72:59 Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Pearce. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.
  • 71:32 Substitution El-Hadji Diouf leaves the field to be replaced by Ross McCormack.
  • 71:32 Substitution David Norris is brought on as a substitute for Michael Brown.
  • 70:21 Eden Hazard takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Ashdown.
  • 69:19 Michael Tonge restarts play with the free kick.
  • 69:19 Booking The referee shows Ryan Bertrand a yellow card.
  • 69:09 Unfair challenge on Luciano Becchio by Ryan Bertrand results in a free kick.
  • 67:17 Substitution Aidan White on for Jerome Thomas.
  • 67:17 Effort on goal by El-Hadji Diouf from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 65:40 Assist on the goal came from Juan Mata.
  • 65:40 GOAL - Victor MosesLeeds United 1 - 3 Chelsea Goal scored by Victor Moses from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 1-3 Chelsea.
  • 65:03 Michael Tonge has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 63:59 Assist on the goal came from Frank Lampard.
  • 63:59 GOAL - Branislav IvanovicLeeds United 1 - 2 Chelsea Branislav Ivanovic grabs a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 1-2 Chelsea.
  • 63:30 Inswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard,
  • 62:15 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.
  • 61:50 Foul by Michael Tonge on Emboaba Oscar, free kick awarded. David Luiz takes the direct free kick.
  • 60:25 Foul by Ryan Bertrand on Luciano Becchio, free kick awarded. El-Hadji Diouf crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Frank Lampard makes a clearance.
  • 59:38 Substitution Marko Marin leaves the field to be replaced by Eden Hazard.
  • 58:34 Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
  • 58:04 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Jamie Ashdown makes a save.
  • 56:23 Michael Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Juan Mata. Direct free kick taken by David Luiz.
  • 55:54 The ball is sent over by Victor Moses, clearance by Lee Peltier.
  • 55:34 Centre by El-Hadji Diouf, Petr Cech makes a save.
  • 46:02 Assist on the goal came from Victor Moses.
  • 46:02 GOAL - Juan MataLeeds United 1 - 1 Chelsea Juan Mata gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 1-1 Chelsea.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:12 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+2:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta by El-Hadji Diouf. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
  • 45:00+2:18 Inswinging corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line, clearance made by Tom Lees.
  • 45:00+0:33 Michael Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emboaba Oscar. Frank Lampard has an effort direct from the free kick, Jamie Ashdown makes a save.
  • 43:42 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by El-Hadji Diouf. Tom Lees produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 42:23 Fernando Torres is caught offside. Jamie Ashdown takes the indirect free kick.
  • 41:16 Cesar Azpilicueta produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
  • 40:49 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.
  • 38:00 Emboaba Oscar produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
  • 36:29 Jerome Thomas provided the assist for the goal.
  • 36:29 GOAL - Luciano BecchioLeeds United 1 - 0 Chelsea Luciano Becchio finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 1-0 Chelsea.
  • 34:26 Shot by Branislav Ivanovic from a long way out goes over the net.
  • 33:26 Paul Green takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
  • 31:14 David Luiz takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Lees.
  • 30:26 Outswinging corner taken by Marko Marin from the right by-line, clearance made by Luciano Becchio.
  • 29:03 Inswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the left by-line played to the near post, Fernando Torres makes a clearance.
  • 26:36 The assistant referee flags for offside against El-Hadji Diouf. Indirect free kick taken by David Luiz.
  • 26:13 The referee blows for offside. Jamie Ashdown takes the indirect free kick.
  • 25:17 Juan Mata takes a shot. Blocked by Jason Pearce. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, clearance by Samuel Byram.
  • 22:41 Victor Moses takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the right by-line.
  • 17:22 Emboaba Oscar challenges Michael Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. El-Hadji Diouf sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the box by Jason Pearce misses to the right of the target.
  • 14:17 El-Hadji Diouf restarts play with the free kick.
  • 14:17 Booking Booking for Frank Lampard for unsporting behaviour.
  • 14:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Frank Lampard on El-Hadji Diouf.
  • 12:18 Michael Tonge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Juan Mata. Free kick taken by Juan Mata. Corner from the right by-line taken by Juan Mata, clearance by Luciano Becchio.
  • 11:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Luiz by Michael Brown. Free kick taken by David Luiz.
  • 9:28 Foul by Frank Lampard on Samuel Byram, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf.
  • 8:45 Fernando Torres is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jamie Ashdown takes the indirect free kick.
  • 8:13 Luciano Becchio gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic. Branislav Ivanovic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:56 Victor Moses takes a shot. Jamie Ashdown makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Marko Marin, clearance made by Tom Lees.
  • 3:09 A cross is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, save by Petr Cech.
  • 2:22 Handball by Juan Mata. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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