London, England – Chelsea was able to turn away a game Reading side at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, scoring three times in the second half to claim a 4-2 win.
Frank Lampard's penalty kick in the 18th minute put the hosts in front, but Reading came back with two goals in a four-minute span to take the lead.
Garath McCleary's right-wing cross was steered inside the left post by the head of Pavel Pogrebnyak from the middle of the penalty area, while Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech gifted the visitors the lead a few minutes later when he failed to handle a free kick from Danny Guthrie, allowing the ball to slip off his hands and into the net.
The Royals took the one-goal lead into the second half and held out until the 69th minute, when an error from goalkeeper Adam Federici allowed Gary Cahill to score from outside of 30 yards to level the contest.
Things stayed even at 2-2 until the final 10 minutes when Chelsea took the lead through Fernando Torres under controversial circumstances.
Ashley Cole got down the left wing and drove a low ball toward the back post for Torres, who redirected it home from close range despite being in an offside position.
The visitors had to feel very unlucky with the lack of a call, and just before the final whistle, Branislav Ivanovic added an empty-net goal for Chelsea with Federici pushed up into the opposing penalty area.