Chelsea take their revenge at the Bridge
Late night soccer round-up: Chelseasensationally avenged their bitter Premier League defeat to Manchester Unitedas they got the better of a nine-goal Capital One Cup thriller at Stamford Bridge to secure a 5-4 victory after extra-time.
United looked set to pile on the misery for the European champions with a 3-2 fourth-round victory three days after ending their 10-year wait for a league win in west London, in the most controversial manner imaginable.
But Eden Hazard scored a penalty with the last kick of normal time before Daniel Sturridge and Ramires completed an amazing comeback just 24 hours after Arsenal’s astonishing 7-5 win at Reading.
Like yesterday, defending was nowhere to be seen as United led three times through Ryan Giggs, Javier Hernandez and Nani and Chelsea hit back with a David Luiz penalty and Gary Cahill header. Giggs also scored an extra-time consolation from the spot for United.
Liverpool’sdefence of the League Cup ended as Brendan Rodgers’s selection gamble backfired, as former club Swanseaprogressed to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history on the back of a 3-1 victory.
The Northern Irishman left the south Wales club in the summer to take over from Kenny Dalglish but it was the visitors who had the last laugh at Anfield.
Chico Flores and Nathan Dyer put the Swans 2-0 up with 17 minutes to go and although substitute Luis Suarez quickly pulled one back Jonathan de Guzman made it 3-1 in added time to loosen the eight-time winners’ grip on the trophy.
It was only their 10th defeat in 102 League Cup games as the home team.
Two late strikes and a penalty save from Mark Bunn ensured Norwich’spassage through to the last eight after a thrilling 2-1 victory against Tottenhamat Carrow Road.
Gareth Bale, who had torn Norwich apart here last season, seemed to have put Spurs on course for victory when he drove home a 20-yard shot in the second half, but two goals in the last six minutes gave the Canaries an unlikely victory.
First substitute Alex Tettey’s shot flew in off the out-stretched leg of Jan Vertonghen and then Simeon Jackson pounced on an error by Hugo Lloris to make it 2-1 with three minutes left.
The drama did not end there, however, as Kyle Walker was upended in the Norwich box by Marc Tierney a minute later.
Clint Dempsey stepped up to take the spot-kick, but Bunn, making just his second start of the season, saved the American’s shot to gives the Canaries’ season another valuable shot in the arm.
Rangerscrashed out of the Scottish Communities League Cup as Invernessbooked their place in the semi-finals with a 3-0 win.
Ally McCoist’s men had come out on top against Premier League opposition in the last round of the competition when they dumped then league leaders Motherwell.
But Caley Thistle proved to be too strong, with Andrew Shinnie, Gary Warren and Graeme Shinnie all on the scoresheet.
In the other game, 10-man Heartswon a sudden death penalty shootout 5-4 against Dundee Unitedafter the two sides finished 1-1 at the end of 120 minutes of action.