Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal (1997-98 League Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg)

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0Scoreline Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal
0Date 18 February 1998
0Competition League Cup
0Referee Graham Poll
0Stadium Stamford Bridge
0Attendance 34,330

The 2nd leg of Chelsea and Arsenal's 1998 League Cup semi-final took place at Stamford Bridge on 18 February 1998. It was Gianluca Vialli's first match as manager, Ruud Gullit having been dismissed just days earlier. Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, Mark Hughes' strike in the opening ten minutes levelled the scores on aggregate. Patrick Vieira was sent off just after half-time for a foul on Graeme Le Saux and Chelsea took command with two goals in two minutes: Roberto Di Matteo scored with a spectacular effort from 30 yards and then Dan Petrescu latched onto a Gianfranco Zola corner to effectively seal the tie. A late Dennis Bergkamp penalty put Arsenal back in contention, but the Blues held on to clinch a final place against Middlesbrough.

Match details

18 February 1998 Chelsea 3–1 Arsenal Venue: Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 34,330
Referee: Graham Poll
Hughes Goal 10'
Di Matteo Goal 51'
Petrescu Goal 53'
Bergkamp Goal 82' (p)
GK 1 Ed de Goey
RB 6Steve Clarke Booked
CB 5 Frank Leboeuf
CB 12Michael Duberry Booked
LB 14 Graeme Le Saux
MF 2Dan Petrescu
MF 11Dennis Wise (c) Booked
MF 16 Roberto Di Matteo
CF 10Mark HughesBooked
CF 25Gianfranco Zola
CF 9Gianluca Vialli Sub off.png 80'
GK 13Kevin Hitchcock
MF 24Eddie Newton Sub on.png 80'
CF 19Tore André Flo
Gianluca Vialli
GK 13 Alex Manninger
RB 2 Lee Dixon Booked
CB 6Tony Adams Booked
CB 18 Gilles Grimandi
LB3 Nigel Winterburn Sub off.png 71'
RM15Ray Parlour Booked Sub off.png 45'
CM 4 Patrick Vieira Sent off 48'
CM 17 Emmanuel Petit Booked
LM 11Mark Overmars
ST 9Nicolas Anelka
ST 10Dennis Bergkamp
GK 24John Lukic
MF 28Stephen Hughes Sub on.png 71'
MF 7David Platt Sub on.png 45'
Arsene Wenger

Match reports

1997-98 season
Premier League:
Coventry (A)Barnsley (A)Wimbledon (A)Southampton (H)Crystal Palace (A)Arsenal (H)Man Utd (A)
Newcastle (H)Liverpool (A)Leicester (H)Bolton (A)Aston Villa (A)West Ham (H)Blackburn (A)Everton (H)
Derby (H)Tottenham (A)Leeds Utd (H)Sheff Wed (A)Wimbledon (H)Southampton (A)Coventry (H)Everton (A)
Barnsley (H)Arsenal (A)Leicester (A)Man Utd (H)Aston Villa (H)Crystal Palace (H)West Ham (A)Derby (A)
Leeds Utd (A)Tottenham (H)Sheff Wed (H)Liverpool (H)Blackburn (H)Newcastle (A)Bolton (H)
FA Cup:
3rd round: Man Utd
League Cup:
3rd round: Blackburn | 4th round: Southampton | 5th round: Ipswich | SF: Arsenal: 1st Leg2nd Leg | Final: Middlesbrough
Cup Winners' Cup:
1st Round: Slovan Bratislava: 1st Leg2nd Leg | 2nd Round: Tromsø: 1st Leg2nd Leg | QF: Real Betis: 1st Leg2nd Leg
SF: Vicenza: 1st Leg2nd Leg | Final: Stuttgart

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