Cesc Fàbregas winner lifts Chelsea to deny Frank Lampard’s Derby

Frank Lampard has enjoyed so many giddy nights in this arena, whether they were spent hoisting the Premier League trophy as a key member of Chelsea’s most imposing ever team or establishing himself as the club’s all-time record goalscorer. Yet, as an opposition manager and even in narrow defeat, he will have purred at the performance delivered by his Derby County team in surroundings so familiar.

The Championship side, conquerors of Manchester United in the previous round, provided a properly stern test of Chelsea’s undefeated team in a thrilling game and were denied parity – and the possibility of another penalty shootout – only when David Nugent’s late shot fizzed beyond Willy Caballero and rebounded back to the goalkeeper off the far post.

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via Football | The Guardian