• Havertz hits a hat-trick as Chelsea run riot

    Kai Havertz scored a hat-trick as Chelsea sealed their progression into the EFL Cup fourth round with a dominant 6-0 win over Barnsley at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

    Havertz had struggled to stamp his authority in his first two Premier League appearances, but the former Bayer Leverkusen star got up and running in English football in style on Wednesday.

    With Tammy Abraham opening the scoring, Havertz doubled Chelsea’s lead before playing his part in Ross Barkley putting the hosts 3-0 up.

    Havertz added to his tally with a superb finish soon after, subsequently rounding off his first senior hat-trick 10 minutes later – Olivier Giroud making it six for Chelsea late on.

    Callum Hudson-Odoi squandered a great chance in the opening two minutes and Chelsea were fortunate not to be made to pay when debutant Thiago Silva gifted possession to Patrick Schmidt, whose cross just evaded Cauley Woodrow.

    Yet it was the hosts who struck first – Abraham slotting in after dispossessing Aapo Halme.

    Mason Mount should have put Chelsea 2-0 up but Havertz made no mistake from the next opportunity, coolly dispatching beyond Bradley Collins from close range.

    Willy Caballero kept Barnsley at bay three more times before the break, though hopes of a comeback were ended when Havertz forced Alex Mowatt into an error and Barkley drilled home.

    Havertz had his second six minutes later, picking out the bottom-right corner with a wonderful strike.

    His hat-trick goal came courtesy of a Collins howler – Barnsley’s goalkeeper caught stranded on the edge of his box as Havertz nudged it past him and slammed into an empty net before being subbed off.

    Barkley missed a glorious opportunity to add a sixth, but Giroud was on hand to pile further misery on Barnsley when he headed in Ben Chilwell’s cross late on.

    In other Carabao Cup results:

    Leicester City 0-2 Arsenal
    Morecambe 0-7 Newcastle United
    Fleetwood Town 2-5 Everton
    Preston North End 0-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
    Stoke City 1-0 Gillingham
    Millwall 0-2 Burnley
    Fulham 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

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