Middlesbrough secured a surprising 1-0 victory against Chelsea in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final, putting Chelsea in a challenging position for the return leg at Stamford Bridge on January 23.
Hayden Hackney scored the lone goal for Middlesbrough in the 37th minute, taking advantage of a defensive mistake by Chelsea.
Despite an early scare for Middlesbrough when a potential foul wasn’t penalized by VAR, they managed to hold off Chelsea’s attacks, including missed opportunities by Cole Palmer before halftime.
Chelsea will now aim for a strong performance in the second leg to overturn the deficit and secure a spot in the Carabao Cup final.
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