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Swansea advances past Chelsea 2-0, reaches League Cup final after bizarre sending-off

Chelsea's Nascimento Ramires, right, and Swansea City's Sung-Yeung Ki battle for the ball during their English League Cup second leg semi-final soccer match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, Wednesday Jan. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/PA, Nick Potts) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
January 23, 2013 - 1:59 PM

LONDON - Swansea completed an unfancied lineup for the League Cup final by advancing past Chelsea after a goalless second leg of their semifinal, with the European champion further humbled by finishing with 10 men from a bizarre foul.

Protecting a 2-0 lead from the first leg two weeks ago, the Welsh club defended stubbornly to reach the first major cup final in its 100-year history. It will play fourth-tier Bradford at Wembley Stadium on Feb. 24, making for one of the more unpredictable showpiece matches in the competition's history.

A match bereft of chances and action came to life in the 80th minute when Eden Hazard aimed a kick at a ballboy behind the Swansea goal as the Belgium winger attempted to reclaim the ball. He was sent off.

The ballboy was able to resume his duties.

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