Chelsea overcame an early setback, recovering from a goal down to secure a 2-1 victory against fourth-tier AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup’s second round at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Facing the unexpected, League Two visitors took the lead through James Tilley’s 19th-minute penalty, as Chelsea’s keeper Robert Sanchez fouled Harry Pell inside the box.
Despite maintaining possession, Chelsea struggled to capitalize until England’s under-21 forward, Noni Madueke, converted a penalty in first-half stoppage time.
Enzo Fernandez, a substitute, clinched the triumph for Chelsea in the 72nd minute, marking his first goal for the club since his British record deal move from Benfica in February.
This season, Chelsea, having missed out on European qualification, entered the competition in the second round, a scenario last seen in 2016, reflecting their 12th-place Premier League finish.