Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Chelsea used consecutive head balls from its own defenders to score an own goal against Arsenal.
The play occurred in the 12th minute of Arsenal's 2-1 win against Chelsea Wednesday in a Carabao Cup semifinal matchup at Emirates Stadium in London.
Blues star Eden Hazard netted the first score in the seventh minute of the match. The Belgian midfielder received a through ball from Pedro just outside of the box. Hazard then split two defenders with his dribble before slipping a shot past Gunners keeper David Ospina for the first goal of the match.
The leveler was a result of a bewildered Chelsea defense. Arsenal star Mesut Ozil fired in a corner kick in the 12th minute. The left-footed offering sailed high into the box, before finding the head of defender Nacho Monreal.
The header ricocheted off of Blues midfielder Marcos Alonso and then off of the head of his teammate Antonio Rudiger, before going past Chelsea net minder Willy Caballero for the score.
Arsenal and Chelsea went into halftime locked up at 1-1.
The Gunners netted the decisive score in the 60th minute off of another deflection. French forward Alexandre Lacazette took a pass from Granit Xhaka into the box. Lacazette dribbled to the end line, battling Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.
He then attempted to fire off a cross, but the rip deflected off of the right heel of Rudiger. The ricochet landed about five yards out from goal, where Xhaka was able to nudge it past Caballero for a 2-1 advantage.
"There is big disappointment because when you arrive at this point, you want to reach the final," Chelsea manager Antonio Conte told the team website. "In this competition we had a good run this season and we had great desire to play at Wembley."
"We started the game very well, we scored and then we conceded a strange goal from a deflection. For sure we conceded two strange goals and we were unlucky in two circumstances. I saw a balance during the game and we can win or we can lose in this game against Arsenal, but this time they were also a bit lucky in these two situations. But at the same time we have to praise the Arsenal team for [reaching] this target."
Arsenal's next match is at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday against Swansea City at Liberty Stadium in Plasmarl, Wales.
The Gunners battle Manchester City in the Carabao Cup Final at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 25 at Wembley Stadium in London.
"They made us work for it, I felt that in the first half there were psychological and tactical reasons for us not expressing the quality of our game," Gunners manager Arsene Wenger told the team website. "We rectified that at half-time and in the second half we won the ball higher up, we could then get our midfield, who is technically very talent into the game and then we controlled the game. I felt in the second half basically we looked always like we could win this game and that's what we did."
"In the end I would say it was a deflected goal in the first and then second one was as well a bit lucky, but I felt overall we controlled the game in the second half."