Middlesbrough vs Chelsea final score, result, updates, highlights as Hackney helps Boro to historic victory in Carabao Cup semifinal first leg

Middlesbrough have taken a huge step towards reaching the Carabao Cup final with a shock 1-0 win in the first leg of their semi-final clash with Chelsea at the Riverside Stadium. 

Chelsea had the majority of possession and really should have found themselves two or three goals to the good but it was the Boro that took the lead in the first half through Hayden Hackney’s neat finish.

Levi Colwill, who once again struggled at left-back, couldn’t defend against the pace of Isaiah Jones as the English wing-back was able to pick out the late-arriving Hackney who tucked his finish into the back of the net. 

Mauricio Pochettino’s side may have stuck four past Preston North End at the weekend in the FA Cup Third Round, but they couldn’t buy a goal on Teesside on Tuesday night. Noni Madueke and Cole Palmer looked the most likely of Chelsea’s forwards to create a goal but they rarely managed to test Thomas Glover, who looked somewhat shaky in the Boro goal at times.

During the second half, Chelsea had 80% possession and seven shots but only managed to hit the target on two occasions. Even the introduction of the £90 million man Mykhailo Mudryk couldn’t inspire the Blues to find an equaliser and they were booed at the final whistle when they went over to applaud their travelling fans for making the 500-mile round trip. 

Chelsea will return to Stamford Bridge for the second leg in two weeks. Their objective is clear: they must score at least two goals, or force the match into a penalty shootout, if they hope to secure a spot at Wembley next month.

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Middlesbrough vs Chelsea final score

  Final score Goalscorers
Middlesbrough 1 Hackney 37′
Chelsea 0

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea live updates, highlights from Carabao Cup semifinal

FT: That’s it! Advantage Boro. They pull off a historic victory over Chelsea and put themselves in pole position to reach the Carabao Cup final. 

93rd minute: Palmer’s corner never had the chance to cause a problem as there was a foul in the penalty box. 

91st minute: Gilchrist’s header only finds the side-netting but it took a deflection and Chelsea have a corner. 

89th minute: Gusto makes way for Alfie Gilchrist and Boro have another man down. 

85th minute: It’s getting slightly nervy inside the Riverside now as Chelsea really pile on the pressure to find an equaliser. They’re desperate to protect their 1-0 lead. 

81st minute: Broja finds himself in space on the left of the box and again he fails to find the target and it almost goes out for a throw-in. 

74th minute: Chelsea have so far had 79% possession in the second half and that’s led to four shots, but only TWO on target. 

72nd minute: Mudryk tries to curl one past Glover but instead it’s right at him. The Boro keeper has looked shaky all night but Chelsea have failed to truly test him.  

68th minute: It’s another Boro counter and Barlaser is picked out on the edge of the box but fires a strike well over the bar. 

66th minute: Boro finally hit Chelsea on the counter but it’s the final ball that lets them down this time. They have looked dangerous when going forward this evening and Chelsea at times have struggled to deal with them.

61st minute: Gallagher with a huge chance to equalise! The ball is zipped into him and his first touch off his chest is good but he can’t get a good strike off and it goes well wide.

50th minute: Madueke’s header is lacking pace and Glover makes a comfortable save. 

46th minute: The second half is back underway!

HT: That’s all from the first-half action. The home support are buzzing with the scoreline! More to come from the second half…

49th minute: How have Chelsea not scored? Fernandez’s shot is horrendously spilled by the Boro keeper into the path of Palmer who misses the rebound from two yards. 

47th minute: Caicedo finds space in the middle of the park and tries his luck from distance but again, it’s a strike that fails to test the Boro goalkeeper as it goes narrowly wide.

45th minute: There will be six minutes of added time.

40th minute: Chelsea waste another good opportunity in the final third. Madueke, who has been the Blues’ best forward so far, wildly lashes a strike past the goal.

37th minute: GOAL! BORO LEAD! Chelsea’s dominance is cut short as Hackney guides his effort to the far corner to beat Petrovic. It’s come against the run of play and Riverside erupts. It was a cracking finish. 

31st minute: Howson makes a terrible mistake with a sidewards pass and Palmer capitalises but drags his shot wide of the goal. It’s a huge chance for Chelsea that hasn’t been taken.

30th minute: Palmer clips a ball to the far post and Colwill meets it with his head but can’t quite keep his effort down. 

27th minute: Chelsea’s attacks continue to break down in the final third. Boro are holding their own against the Premier League outfit thus far. 

20th minute: Another injury for Boro! They can’t catch a break. Bangura makes way for Clarke. 

16th minute: Palmer has been threading the needle in his role this evening and most recently tries to find Madueke down the right but he commits a foul in the process. Chelsea are beginning to grow into this match. 

8th minute: Penalty shout for Boro! A ball comes into the box and it hits Fernandez’s arm but he had his arms tucked in. A reminder that there’s no VAR this evening. 

5th minute: Lath appears to have picked up an injury from that early chance and is forced off. Make that 13 current first-team injuries for Boro.

2nd minute: Huge chance for Emmanuel Lath but he scuffs his effort and Petrovic makes an easy save. Boro found themselves in behind with bags of space. 

1st minute: The Boro kick us off and the Riverside is rocking. 

5 mins until kickoff: The warm-ups are complete and kickoff is next…

15 mins until kickoff: The build-up this evening seems to be centred around one man! Pochettino has shared how he plans to use Palmer against Boro: “We will use him like we did against Arsenal in the Premier League. We have good competition up-front and it’s important we have a team that can compete and play.”

30 mins until kickoff: Transfer news coming elsewhere and it’s an interesting one for you Chelsea fans. Timo Werner returns to London, this time on loan and in a Spurs kit. Ange Postecoglou has made his first January transfer signing. 

1 hour until kickoff: The two starting teams have been announced! 

1 hour 30 mins until kickoff: Cole Palmer has been speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the clash this evening and discussed his move to Stamford Bridge where he’s excelled in recent weeks: “My thing was to never leave City, that wasn’t my intention, I wanted to go on loan for a year and come back and be ready for the first team but they said you can’t go on loan, stay or be sold, so then Chelsea rang me, I said I want to go to Chelsea and I’m very happy to be here. I am glad I made the decision to come here.”

2 hours until kickoff: The Riverside should be bouncing for tonight’s clash! Can the underdogs use their home advantage in the first leg?

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea lineups, team news

The prospect of a trip to Wembley for a cup final, if they can get past Chelsea, will almost certainly force Carrick into naming a strong team in this first-leg clash. 

Middlesbrough projected lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): Glover (GK) — Van den Berg, Howson, Fry, Bangura — Engel, Barlaser — Jones, Crooks, Lath — Hackney.

Middlesbrough subs (9): Jones, Clarke, Gilbert, Coburn, O’Brien, Kavanagh, McCabe, Bridge, Bilongo.

Pochettino is still dealing with a lengthy injury list at Chelsea with at least 10 players ruled out through injury for the visitors. Noni Madueke and Conor Gallagher come back into the team with Đorđe Petrović the starting goalkeeper.

Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1 right to left): Petrovic (GK) — Gusto, Disasi, Thiago Silva, Colwill — Enzo, Caicedo — Gallagher, Madueke, Sterling — Palmer.

Chelsea subs (9): Bergstrom, Bettinelli, Gilchrist, Williams, Golding, Mudryk, Broja, Washington.

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch this EFL Cup match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

Region TV Streaming
USA ESPN+
Canada

DAZN

UK Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football Sky GO, Now TV
Australia beIN Sports 3 beIN Sports Connect
India FanCode

USA: This game is available on ESPN+.

Canada: This game is live streaming exclusively on DAZN.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream EFL Cup matches live and on demand on beIN Sports.

UK: This match is available for live broadcast in the UK via Sky Sports services with streaming available on Sky GO and Now TV.

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