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Leicester City vs. Chelsea, EFL Cup: Half-time report

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Two goals from Okazaki, one from Cahill has the home team ahead 2-1 at the half.

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Another frustrating night so far for Chelsea, who should've been up 2-0 within the first ten minutes but are losing 2-1 at the half instead.

A perfectly good goal from Pedro was ruled out for an imaginary offside, then a very real and obvious handball by Leicester's Marcin Wasilewski was not called inside the area.  Chelsea continued to press despite essentially playing with just ten men thanks to Ruben Loftus-Cheek's incomprehensible and entirely ineffective role.

But then, as it tends to happen it such cases, Leicester scored after Cahill and Azpilicueta failed to deal with an entirely routine cross and Begovic was chipped from five yards out.  Okazaki got his second with an equally silly finish when his mis-hit shot bounced over a flailing Begovic.  More individual errors, more unlucky bounces, more frustration, more CRISIS, more overreactions, more everything.

Chelsea have not played badly, per se, certainly not like against Liverpool or, at times, against Swansea, but are trailing once again.  Gary Cahill, who's having yet another one of those games, got the Blues back in it with the final touch of the half, scoring a header off of a Fabregas corner.  Batshuayi missed a sitter earlier but has looked fairly dangerous, while Pedro and Moses have created a few promising opportunities from out wide.

There's every reason to believe Chelsea can come back.  Only one goal needed, and then a winner.

Let's do this.  Forza.