EFL Cup - Second Round
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Chelsea 3-2 Bristol Rovers

Michy Batshuayi
Michy Batshuayi has scored three goals in seven games for Belgium

Striker Michy Batshuayi scored twice to edge Chelsea past a spirited Bristol Rovers and into EFL Cup round three.

The £33m summer signing from Marseille volleyed in, and Victor Moses struck from close range two minutes later.

Peter Hartley halved the lead by heading in a free-kick before Batshuayi restored the hosts' two-goal cushion.

Ellis Harrison scored a penalty and struck the crossbar for League One Rovers, but Chelsea maintained their 100% record under Antonio Conte.

The Premier League side enjoyed the vast majority of possession in the first half, but were denied by excellent goalkeeping from Steve Mildenhall and wasteful finishing.

Batshuayi, initially guilty, took his tally to three goals in three games courtesy of two smart finishes, with the bright Ruben Loftus-Cheek involved in the build-up to both.

Around 4,000 vocal Rovers fans had plenty to cheer with two goals, in addition to spells in the second half when their side caused problems.

That revival persuaded Conte to send on Eden Hazard, John Terry and Oscar in an attempt to preserve Chelsea's lead, while Batshuayi was denied a hat-trick in the closing stages by the referee's assistant's flag.

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 1Begovic
  • 34AinaSubstituted forTerryat 77'minutes
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 24Cahill
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 21Matic
  • 15Moses
  • 14Loftus-CheekSubstituted forOscarat 82'minutes
  • 11PedroBooked at 48minsSubstituted forE Hazardat 75'minutes
  • 23Batshuayi

Substitutes

  • 8Oscar
  • 10E Hazard
  • 13Courtois
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 26Terry
  • 29Chalobah
  • 41Solanke

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6Hartley
  • 3Brown
  • 8O Clarke
  • 24Sinclair
  • 23BodinSubstituted forEasterat 45'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 14Lines
  • 29JamesSubstituted forTaylorat 45'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 9HarrisonSubstituted forGaffneyat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Taylor
  • 15J Clarke
  • 17Easter
  • 21Montaño
  • 25Puddy
  • 27Broom
  • 30Gaffney
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
39,276

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home28
Away7
Shots on Target
Home12
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 3, Bristol Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 3, Bristol Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

    Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Victor Moses (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ollie Clarke.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Daniel Leadbitter.

  10. Post update

    Gary Cahill (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea).

  13. Post update

    Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Booking

    Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Oscar replaces Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Lee Brown.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. John Terry replaces Ola Aina because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

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