begovicAsmir Begović played his first competitive match of the season this Tuesday when the Blues defeated Bristol Rovers 3-2 and advanced to the third round of EFL Cup. The winning start to the season was extended to the EFL Cup campaign by two Michy Batshuayi goals on his first Chelsea start and a strike from Victor Moses. Even though resilient Rovers side never allowed Chelsea to make this night comfortable, the hosts were in control for the whole 90 minutes and the win was never in question. The opening goal came after half an hour of play. Loftus-Cheek fed Matic’s run into the area and when the Serbian’s centre took a touch off a defender, Batshuayi was on the spot to react sharply and lash the ball into the net. It was the Belgian’s second goal in four days and just two minutes later, Moses had his first of the campaign. He too found the net first time but from

The opening goal came after half an hour of play. Loftus-Cheek fed Matic’s run into the area and when the Serbian’s centre took a touch off a defender, Batshuayi was on the spot to react sharply and lash the ball into the net. It was the Belgian’s second goal in four days and just two minutes later, Moses had his first of the campaign. He too found the net first time but from much closer range after a Pedro cross had been returned across goal by another Spanish international – Azpilicueta having joined the attack. The visitors reduced Chelsea’s lead in 35th minute, when Peter Hartley met a Rovers free-kick into penalty area with the perfect header to beat Begovic and it was suddenly 2-1. With four minutes to go to the interval, Batshuayi restored the two-goal advantage when he met a Loftus-Cheek centre from similar range to Moses’s goal. Fabregas had been involved in the fruitful attack and he then had a shot saved before the players headed down the tunnel for a half-time cool down. Within just four minutes of the restart, Rovers, who had made two half-time substitutions, pegged the score back again. A cute ball over rearguard with the team pushed up for a corner, gave Stuart Sinclair the chance to sprint for

With four minutes to go to the interval, Batshuayi restored the two-goal advantage when he met a Loftus-Cheek centre from similar range to Moses’s goal. Fabregas had been involved in the fruitful attack and he then had a shot saved before the players headed down the tunnel for a half-time cool down. Within just four minutes of the restart, Rovers, who had made two half-time substitutions, pegged the score back again. A cute ball over rearguard with the team pushed up for a corner, gave Stuart Sinclair the chance to sprint for goal. Pedro tried to intervene but at the cost of a penalty, a decision that on first glance looked debatable. Harrison smashed home from the spot. However, this was enough for honoured loss – it ended 3-2 and Chelsea will play in the third round.

Even though resilient Rovers side never allowed Chelsea to make this night comfortable, the hosts were in control for the whole 90 minutes and the win was never in question. The opening goal came after half an hour of play. Loftus-Cheek fed Matic’s run into the area and when the Serbian’s centre took a touch off a defender, Batshuayi was on the spot to react sharply and lash the ball into the net. It was the Belgian’s second goal in four days and just two minutes later, Moses had his first of the campaign. He too found the net first time but from much closer range after a Pedro cross had been returned across goal by another Spanish international – Azpilicueta having joined the attack.

The visitors reduced Chelsea’s lead in 35th minute, when Peter Hartley met a Rovers free-kick into penalty area with the perfect header to beat Begovic and it was suddenly 2-1. With four minutes to go to the interval, Batshuayi restored the two-goal advantage when he met a Loftus-Cheek centre from similar range to Moses’s goal. Fabregas had been involved in the fruitful attack and he then had a shot saved before the players headed down the tunnel for a half-time cool down. Within just four minutes of the restart, Rovers, who had made two half-time substitutions, pegged the score back again. A cute ball over rearguard with the team pushed up for a corner, gave Stuart Sinclair the chance to sprint for goal. Pedro tried to intervene but at the cost of a penalty, a decision that on first glance looked debatable. Harrison smashed home from the spot.

However, this was enough for honoured loss – it ended 3-2 and Chelsea will play in the third round.

(ChelseaFC.com/AB1.com)