Chelsea beat Wycombe Wanderers 5-1

Shevchenko answered his critics in style, with two goals in Chelsea's 4-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers in the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final.

updated: March 22, 2007 06:37 IST
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Chelsea hosted Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg. The first leg saw Wycombe hold the Premiership champions to a 1-1 draw. And with confidence low at Stamford Bridge following one win in five in the Premiership, the League Two (England's fourth-ranked division) side came into the tie believing that a place in the final was there for the taking. Andriy Shevchenko, though, had a point to prove. Struggling for goals and singled out as the cause of dressing room unrest because of his close relationship with owner Roman Abramovich, Shevchenko could easily have scored in the first minute, heading Ashley Cole's cross wide of the target. But in the 22nd minute, Tommy Doherty's misplaced pass across his own back line found the feet of the waiting Ukrainian. Shevchenko might have felt the burden of recent weeks lift from his shoulders as his shot found the corner of the net. Wycombe were not without their chances. They failed to capitalise, however, and then found themselves two goals down just before the break. Didier Drogba's through-ball eluded the Wycombe defence and found Shevchenko, on-side, to volley into the net. Shevchenko shines Despite continuing to take the game to their Premiership opponents for long spells, Wycombe were again caught out by a sucker punch in the 69th minute. Shevchenko was the provider this time, launching a high ball towards Frank Lampard. The England midfielder rounded keeper Ricardo Batista, and nonchalantly beat Sam Stockley before finding the empty net. Shevchenko made his exit in 85th minute to a standing ovation, the Ukrainian no doubt hoping that he has finally turned the corner after a troubled introduction to English football. Lampard scored his second of the game - and his side's fourth - in injury time, converting a cross from Drogba. Four-nil on the night, five-one on aggregate, it was a harsh scoreline for Wycombe Wanderers, who must now make promotion from League Two their priority. Chelsea, meanwhile, can look forward to a final against either Arsenal or Tottenham and, possibly, the prospect of renewed harmony within their ranks.