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Tuesday Evening Ticker: Chelsea reaches League Cup final; Ghana advances from AFCON group; and more



Chelsea’s goal of winning four trophies this season may have died, but the dream of three remains alive.

The Blues beat Liverpool, 1-0, in extra time of their League Cup semifinal second leg to book a spot in the final. In a back-and-forth game, Branislav Ivanovic headed in the winning goal in the 94th minute for a 2-1 Chelsea victory on aggregate.

Thibault Courtois was called into action a few times in the first half as Liverpool searched for an immediate advantage. Two saves in the space of four minutes from both short and long range kept the heated encounter dead even.

Chelsea looked to have had an opportunity to score in the 22nd minute when it appeared Diego Costa was brought down by Martin Skrtel in the box. Much to the home fans’ surprise, the referee gave a foul the other way and Costa was cautioned for diving.

All was forgotten just four minutes into the extra period when Willian’s curling free kick was headed in powerfully by Ivanovic. It also served as at least a partial remedy to being knocked out of the FA Cup by Bradford on Saturday.

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For a moment on Tuesday, Ghana was staring down the African Cup of Nations exit door.

The Black Stars trailed South Africa before goals in the final 17 minutes from John Boye and Andre Ayew handed them a 2-1 win. It was good enough for top spot in Group C and a spot in the quarterfinals.

Mandla Masango gave South Africa the lead in the 17th minute with a half-volley that dipped just under the cross bar. Ghana was sitting bottom of the group at that point, but Boye fixed that when he scored from close range after Ayew scuffed his initial shot.

Ayew made up for that slight error when he headed in the winner with seven minutes remaining.

The result also dumped Senegal out as they lost to Algeria 2-0. Riyad Mahrez score in the 11th minute for the early lead before Nabil Bentaleb struck in the 82nd minute to see the Desert Warriors into the quarterfinals.


After weeks of reports, Samuel Eto’o is finally out of Merseyside.

Eto’o officially joined Sampdoria from Everton on Tuesday in a free transfer. He reportedly signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Italian club after spending just five months with the Toffees.

Eto’o, who joined Everton from Chelsea in the summer, scored four goals in 20 appearances. He was instrumental in Europa League games, and helped the club reach the knockout stage.


Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko said he is fine with seeing out his contract at the club, but refused to rule out a transfer.

The 25-year-old French midfielder is a reported target of both Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain. On Tuesday he said he wants to stay in England and “grow with one of the biggest clubs” in the country.

But Sissoko, who has four-and-a-half years remaining on his contract with Newcastle, also said PSG is “an interest I would take into consideration.”

What do you think of Tuesday’s results? How will Eto’o fare with Sampdoria? What do you make of Sissoko’s pledge to Newcastle?

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  1. costa wasn’t carded for diving, it was for scuffling with gerrard, who was also carded.

    if he had been carded for diving, it would’ve added insult to injury, because it definitely looked like a legit penalty from the replays.

  2. Bit surprising this article makes no mention of the two stamps that Costa did. Although I don’t believe the second one was on purpose the first one clearly looked like it was deliberate. Will be interesting to see if he gets retroactive punishment or not.

    • yeah, i don’t like thinking the worst unless it’s totally obvious, but as one announcer said: he’s paid to know what his feet are doing–kind of weird that it would ‘just happen’ twice in a game.

      anyway, i thought the (non-)calls evened out over the game. henderson, and maybe lucas, should’ve been sent off.


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