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Swansea set dream Cup tie final in Wembley

Swansea City reached their first major English final after holding Chelsea in the second leg of their League Cup semifinal to win 2-0 on aggregate on Wednesday but the match will be remembered more for the bizarre sending off of playmaker Eden Hazard.

After securing a shock 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago, the Welsh club put in a resilient rearguard display to draw 0-0 in front of their jubilant fans.

Chelsea’s unhappy evening was compounded by a farcical finish as the London side were reduced to 10 men when Hazard was sent off for trying to kick the ball away from a ballboy who stubbornly refused to return the ball and lay on top of it.

The Belgian then lost his cool and tried to kick the ball from underneath the ballboy but in the process caught him in the ribs.

Referee Chris Foy called him across and gave him his marching orders effectively ending the visitors’ hopes of securing a route back into the tie. Swansea will face fourth tier Bradford City in the final at Wembley Stadium on Feb. 24.

‘We go to Wembley which is what we all dreamt of as little boys,’ Williams added. ‘We kept to the game plan brilliantly. We will do our work on Bradford and we can’t take them for granted. They have beaten three Premier League teams this season.’
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