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Hat-trick for Havertz, 7 up for Newcastle, Arsenal and Everton also advance

German star Kai Havertz opened his account in English football as Chelsea trounced Barnsley.

Kai Havertz celebrates with Chelsea team-mate Tammy Abraham after completing his hat-trick against Barnsley.
Kai Havertz celebrates with Chelsea team-mate Tammy Abraham after completing his hat-trick against Barnsley.
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KAI HAVERTZ SCORED his first goals for Chelsea with a hat-trick in a 6-0 thrashing of Barnsley as Arsenal also booked their place in the Carabao Cup fourth round with a more hard-fought 2-0 win at Leicester City.

Havertz had struggled to make an impact in his first two Premier League games since sealing a reported £71 million move from Bayer Leverkusen as the most expensive signing of Chelsea’s £200 million spending spree in the transfer market.

But the 21-year-old German was one of just three players to retain his place from Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool by Frank Lampard and that decision reaped its reward on a confidence-boosting night for the Blues.

Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell also made their Chelsea debuts, while Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley made the most of rare starts to get their names on the scoresheet.

Abraham pounced on a loose pass deep in the Barnsley half to slam home the opener, before Havertz’s calm finish opened his Chelsea account.

A brilliant unselfish flick from Abraham teed Havertz up perfectly to convert his second and Barkley then drove home on his weaker left foot.

Havertz was due to be replaced by Chilwell 25 minutes from time but just completed his hat-trick in time by rounding Brad Collins before tapping into an empty net before Olivier Giroud completed the scoring.

Chelsea will face either Tottenham or Leyton Orient in the last 16, with the outcome of that tie yet to be decided after the match was postponed on Tuesday due to a number of coronavirus cases among the Orient players.

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Arsenal won the only all-Premier League tie of the night as Christian Fuchs’s own goal broke the deadlock at the King Power Stadium.

Eddie Nketiah added a late second for the Gunners, who could face Liverpool at Anfield twice in three days next week should the Premier League champions progress past Lincoln City on Thursday.

Everton continued their fine start to the season with a 5-2 win at League One side Fleetwood Town – for whom veteran Ireland international Glenn Whelan played all 90 minutes – despite two howlers from England number one goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men looked to be cruising into the last 16 when Richarlison’s double gave them a deserved 2-0 half-time lead. However, Pickford’s attempted clearance was charged down for Mark Duffy to pull a goal back.

Alex Iwobi restored Everton’s two-goal advantage before another Pickford mistake gave Joey Barton’s men life again as he flapped Callum Camps’s shot into his own goal.

Goals from Bernard and Moise Kean finally ended the tie as a contest, but Pickford’s place for both Ancelotti and Gareth Southgate will come under increased scrutiny in the coming weeks.

Newcastle, with Ireland defender Ciaran Clark in their starting line-up, thrashed League Two outfit Morecombe 7-0, with Joelinton scoring twice. Miguel Almiron, Jacob Murphy, Isaac Hayden and Jamaal Lascelles were also on the scoresheet for Steve Bruce’s men.

Results of tonight’s 7.45pm kick-offs in the Carabao Cup third round

  • Chelsea 6-0 Barnsley
  • Fleetwood Town 2-5 Everton
  • Leicester City 0-2 Arsenal
  • Morecambe 0-7 Newcastle United 

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