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Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool (AET) January 27, 2015, 23:36 Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time goal secured Chelsea's place in the Capital One Cup final thanks to a 2-1 aggregate win over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time goal secured Chelsea's place in the Capital One Cup final thanks to a 2-1 aggregate win over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.The semi-final was finely poised at 1-1 from last week's first leg and despite a very lively encounter at Stamford Bridge neither side managed to add to the score inside normal time.However, Ivanovic scored early in the first period of extra time to book the Blues' place in the March 1 final at Wembley where they will face either Sheffield United or Tottenham.Following a frantic opening 10 minutes Chelsea were fortunate not to be reduced to ten men when Diego Costa appeared to stamp down on Emre Can close to the touchline which was missed by referee Michael Oliver.The official balanced things up on 22 minutes when Martin Skrtel looked to have brought down Costa inside his own penalty area but no spot-kick was awarded much to the annoyance of Blues boss Jose Mourinho.Liverpool had two chances in quick succession with the first on 27 minutes seeing Steven Gerrard's excellent ball pick out Alberto Moreno down the left of the area but Thibaut Courtois denied him with a good save.Three minutes later Philippe Coutinho burst through the middle and lashed a low strike at goal which the Belgian shot-stopper did well to save with his outstretched leg.Oscar then fired a free-kick wide of the far post from the right channel before firing low and wide from 25 yards out on 39 minutes.Costa was involved in another unpunished spat with Skrtel early in the second half when he again seemed to stamp on the Reds defender who then had a kick out at the Spain international.On 59 minutes Eden Hazard went on a surging run and evaded four Liverpool players before lashing a strike inches past the post from just outside the area.Two minutes later Reds' keeper Simon Mignolet produced a brilliant save with his trailing leg to deny Costa whose effort took a wicked deflection off Skrtel on its way through to goal.Liverpool broke up the other end and Steven Gerrard's effort was straight into the hands of Courtois.The action continued to move from end-to-end as Mignolet managed to take the ball off the toes of Costa as the striker went to go round him in front of goal, before Courtois bravely dived at the feet of Raheem Sterling in the opposite area a minute later.On 67 minutes Jordan Henderson was fortunate to stay on the pitch when he handled the ball having already been booked earlier in the game.A minute later Ramires let fly from 25 yards and the ball curled wide of the upright.Despite the break-neck pace of the game neither side could snatch a winner before the end of 90 minutes.Chelsea finally got their noses in front four minutes into extra time when Ivanovic was left unchallenged in the centre as he rose high to head in Willian's free-kick from the right.Henderson should have levelled in the 100th minute but he somehow headed wide at the back post following a good run and cross from the left by-line by Sterling.Both sides kept plugging away but Chelsea held out to stay on course to win the first piece of silverware of the season.