Chelsea FC eased to a 4-1 win at Walsall on Wednesday, with Brazilian teenager Kenedy scoring his first goal for the club after setting up compatriot Ramires for the opener
There was to be no giant-killing on Wednesday night as Premier League champions Chelsea FC cantered to a 4-1 win over League One outfit Walsall in the third round of the Capital One Cup.
Brazilian teenager Kenedy made his first start for the club, and put in an electric performance from the left flank: constantly harassing the opposition when not in possession, and running confidently with the ball when afforded time and space.
The 19-year-old’s delicious cross allowed compatriot Ramires to open the scoring for the Blues, before the Brazil international turned provider late in the first half, setting up Frenchman LoA?c R my for his first goal of the season.
Chelsea FC fans happy with Kenedy and Loftus-Cheek; Falcao a disappointment
Walsall did get a goal back to make things interesting for a period, but the result was put beyond doubt when an excellent move involving John Obi Mikel and Ruben Loftus-Cheek was finished expertly by Kenedy to restore a two-goal cushion for his team. Second-half substitute Pedro put the icing on the cake with a late strike from outside the box.
Chelsea FC fans were delighted with the performances of their two teenage starters in Kenedy and Loftus-Cheek, but slammed the display of Radamel Falcao, who missed a couple of good opportunities, and appeared well off the pace.
The Colombian’s night was perhaps best summed up by a tragically hilarious moment in the second half: the Blues won a free-kick in a dangerous position just outside the box, and the No 9 slipped just as he was about to make contact with the ball, horribly miscuing it in the process.
Here is some of the fan reaction follow the Blues’ third-round win:
First game I’ve missed in ages – looked good from foreign bar. RLC and Kenedy played well, great goal from Pedro – he adds a unique quality.
a Charlie Skillen (@charlieskillen) September 23, 2015
Kenedy is one hell of an asset.
a Mourinholic (@Mourinholic) September 23, 2015
Enjoyable game with some nice performances from Kenedy, RLC and Rahman. Mikel and Ramires running it. a Tweedy (@JTweedsPOA) September 23, 2015
Man of the Match; Kenedy makes way for Pedro. Almost as good, Loftus-Cheek makes way for Matic. #CFC
a Chelsea Activity (@ChelseaActivity) September 23, 2015
Kenedy can be very pleased with his full debut. Promising. a ChelseaFansChannel (@ChelseaFansYT) September 23, 2015
Kenedy and RLC have been excellent.
a Ashley Connick (@AshleyConnick) September 23, 2015
Falcao poor guy. He tries hard. He really does. But Jesus Christ. a Lewis Stamford (@OhPitchPlease) September 23, 2015
Can we just pass to Falcao and make him score so he can at least call himself a striker?
a WeAreChelseaFC (@WeAreChelseaFC) September 23, 2015
Summed up falcao’s night he didn’t look a threat at all ?Y? pic.twitter.com/ACtwjRWoOe
a a?YJosh Dean (@Deanowfc) . September 23, 2015