Carabao Cup 2018-19, Chelsea 3-2 Derby County: 5 Talking Points
#2 Defensive lapses make way for an electric start
The game got off to a flying start under the lights at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori endured the unfortunate fate of putting the ball into his own net as early as the fifth minute.
The defender was unlucky in every sense of the word when a wicked deflection guided the ball into his own net as he tried to deal with a cross from Davide Zappacosta.
That particular error sparked a comedy of similar events at both ends of the pitch as the two teams gave each other healthy competition by quite literally gifting their counterparts with opportunities that would breathe new life into the game.
Gary Cahill's poor pass and an untimely slip paved way for Jack Marriott, a boyhood Chelsea fan, to pull things level in the ninth minute while yet another own goal in a similar fashion by Richard Keogh made life easier for the hosts albeit for just about six minutes.
Chelsea's switching off from a throw-in deep inside their own half meant that Martyn Waghorn restored parity between the two sides to cap off an eventful first half-hour under the lights at Stamford Bridge.
Published 01 Nov 2018, 14:16 IST