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WATCH: Caballero blunder punished as Rebic rip puts Argentina on ropes

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Willy Caballero has made one of the bigger blunders in recent World Cup history.

His Argentina side needs at least a point from Thursday’s match-up with Croatia, and the match remained scoreless into halftime.

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But 10 minutes after the break, Caballero flubbed a clearance in a big way.

The Argentina goalkeeper then could only watch as Ante Rebic kept his composure to blast a side volley into the goal.

It was a fine finish, to be sure, but not possible without such a terrible gaffe.

Chelsea joins Man Utd in FA Cup Final

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Chelsea will meet old pal Jose Mourinho in the FA Cup Final after beating Southampton 2-0 at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata scored the goals for Antonio Conte‘s men, whose date with Manchester United comes at the same venue on May 19.

Southampton will turn its attention back to the relegation battle, four points behind 17th place Swansea City.

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Willian hit the cross bar with an early effort as Chelsea looked very much up for the semifinal.

Olivier Giroud had a 39th minute chance zip wide of the frame, as Chelsea posted nine of the first half’s 11 shot attempts while holding 60 percent possession.

Saints would have been happy to get to the locker room at nil-nil.

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Twenty-eight seconds into the second half: That’s when Giroud scored, with Chelsea’s first long ball knocked down by Eden Hazard on the edge of the 18 and played to the Frenchman.

Giroud cut between two Saints defenders and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy to stab home with his right foot.

Hazard curled an effort of his own wide in the 48th minute.

Saints snapped to life, and Shane Long touched around Wily Caballero but too strong to equalize at Wembley.

Nathan Redmond forced a wild save out of Caballero in the 72nd minute, and nearly claimed the corner.

McCarthy tipped a Hazard shot over the bar minutes later.

Morata put it to bed on a cross from his in-tune assist man Cesar Azpilicueta.

The finish was thrilling nevertheless, with Charlie Austin hitting the far post and Saints getting a goal line clearance at the other end.

Chelsea 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs end streak

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  • Morata puts Chelsea ahead
  • Eriksen fools Caballero for equalizer
  • Dele wins it
  • Spurs eight clear of Chelsea

Dele Alli scored a pair of second half goals as Tottenham Hotspur won a match at Chelsea for the first time in 28 years, coming back from an early deficit in a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Christian Eriksen also scored as Spurs collected their first win at the Bridge since Feb. 10, 1990.

Alvaro Morata scored for Chelsea, who falls eight points back of fourth place Spurs.

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Eriksen produced the match’s first fine chance out of a scrum on the right flank, swerving a cross that a shoved Dele Alli headed wide of goal.

Chelsea produced a frenzied few moments that featured an active Hugo Lloris for Spurs and culminated with Marcos Alonso belted into the goal from an offside position. No goal.

Morata leapt high to take advantage of Lloris’ poorly-timed intervention, rising to head home in the 30th minute.

Eriksen knuckled a hard effort toward Caballero that almost got the better of the Chelsea keeper in the 39th minute.

And the Danish wizard found the back of the goal with a wonderful effort in first half stoppage time, doubling down on swerve to beat Caballero.

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The second half saw Cesc Fabregas loft a free kick that Andreas Christensen nodded wide of the goal.

Caballero made an outstanding flying save on Heung-Min Son, who’s left-footed curler was palmed away by the Argentine.

Dele quieted his critics with an outstanding 62nd minute goal, settling Eric Dier‘s long ball over the top with a deft touch before using his second to rifle past Caballero.

The goalkeeper made two more saves on Son before Dele made Chelsea pay for awful box defending with a 66th minute goal.

Arsenal joins Man City in League Cup Final

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  • Hazard scores early
  • Freak own goal makes it 1-1
  • Xhaka puts Arsenal ahead

Granit Xhaka‘s second half goals snapped a 1-1 tie and sent Arsenal into the League Cup Final, as Arsene Wenger‘s Gunners topped Chelsea on Wednesday at the Emirates Stadium.

A goofy double-deflection which will go down as an Antonio Rudiger own goal was Arsenal’s other goal, and Eden Hazard opened the scoring for Chelsea. The clubs played a scoreless first leg at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago.

Arsenal has won three FA Cups in four seasons, but has not won the League Cup since 1993.

Man City will be the opponent in League Cup Final on Feb. 25 at Wembley Stadium.

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Pedro had the ball in the goal five minutes into the match, but was offside when he darted onto Cesar Azpilicueta’s perfectly-weighted ball.

Hazard was within the rules when he cut between Shkrodan Mustafi and Laurent Koscileny to meet Pedro’s pass and it was 1-0 in the seventh.

Wily Caballero was injured two minutes later when he stopped Jack Wilshere‘s in-tight bid to equalize for Arsenal.

The Gunners did make it 1-1 in the 12th off the ensuing corner kick, as Monreal’s header turned off the heads of Marcos Alonso and Antonio Rudiger en route to goal. A freak play, but 1-1 nonetheless.

Willian was injured and Ross Barkley hit the pitch in his new blue No. 8. The ex-Everton star was then chopped down by a yellow-card earning Wilshere.

Mesut Ozil’s deflected effort in stoppage time, set up by Wilshere, just missed the far post.

Arsenal went ahead before the game was an hour old, as Xhaka got his boot between Caballero and the ball to prod home the Gunners’ second after Alexandre Lacazette‘s pass bounded into his path.

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Guardiola, Caballero, Sterling react to Man City going second

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The gap between first and second in the Premier League is still a decent margin for anyone to overcome, but Manchester City is giving neutrals hopes of a title fight.

City beat Bournemouth 2-0 on Monday at the Vitality Stadium, moving to within eight points of Chelsea in the race for the PL crown.

Pep Guardiola said he was happy to possess with a “thousand million” passes and admitted he’s happy with the controlling win, but he also refused to be drawn into a conversation on catching the Blues.

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As for the Top Four, yeah, he’ll talk about that.

“We know how the gap between all the teams is so close,” Guardiola said. “Today we started the game in fifth position in the Premier League and now we’re second. It will be a battle to qualify for the Champions League this season.”

Wily Caballero was fired up by the win, and the chance to chase a Champions League spot. The Argentine started City’s first three matches of the season, allowing a goal in each of three wins, before taking a seat for 19 PL contests.

Now City moved to 6-0 in Caballero’s PL starts this season after a pair of big stops on Monday, and he’s got two clean sheets in his last three outings.

“As a team we work, we fight together, and we achieve what we want, the three points,” Caballero said. “I was waiting for this opportunity for a long time, so I tried to help my team. We work well together and this is important. We have to win our games, after we’ll see what happens with the rest of the teams. We have to do our job.”

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Raheem Sterling scored and assisted in the win, starring in attack along with David Silva. It was just his second Premier League goal since the calendar turned to October, and should ease his burden.

“I’m always trying to get on the scoresheet and that doesn’t always happen. That’s part of my game and I need to add more goals to my game.”

This was as good as Sterling has looked in a while, and he could be a difference maker in the Top Four race.