From the Back Pages, January 28: Ivanovic heads Chelsea to Wembley after fiery tie

From the back pages
From the back pages

A set-piece goal from Branislav Ivanovic sees Chelsea through to the Capital One Cup final after a tremendously entertaining, incident-packed game. Diego Costa was lucky to avoid two red cards and may face retrospective punishment, while Jordan Henderson and Lucas were also lucky not to walk. (The Guardian)

Mauricio Pochettino has hailed tomorrow’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Bramall Lane as “the most important game” of his Tottenham Hotspur tenure so far. (The Independent)

Manchester City are sweating on the availability of Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony for their top of the table clash with Chelsea on Saturday – but whether the two Ivorians can play may come down to the luck of the draw. (Daily Mail)

Robin Van Persie’s current deal expires at the end of this season and he is unsure if his performances warrant an extension. (The Telegraph)

Owen Farrell has been ruled out of England’s RBS Six Nations Championship campaign after he suffered a knee ligament strain in Saracens’ European Champions Cup defeat by Clermont Auvergne on Sunday. (The Times)

Sean Abbott has been named Australia’s young cricketer of the year. The news comes exactly two months on from the death of tragic batsman Phil Hughes who passed away in hospital two days after being hit by a ball bowled by the 22-year-old. (The Mirror)

ANDY MURRAY will face Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals of the Australian Open after cruising past local hope Nick Kyrgios. (The Express)