Manchester United, West Brom, Birmingham Reach League Cup Quarterfinals

Defending champion Manchester United beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 to advance to the quarterfinals of English soccer’s League Cup.

Premier League clubs Birmingham, West Bromwich Albion and Wigan also moved into the final eight by beating lower-division teams, as did Ipswich of the second-tier Championship.

Javier Hernandez came off the bench to score in the 90th minute to give Manchester United the fourth-round victory at Old Trafford. Bebe and Ji-Sung Park also scored for United, while George Elokobi and Kevin Foley had the goals for Wolves.

Birmingham beat Brentford of League One in a penalty shootout 4-3 after the game finished 1-1 following extra time. Birmingham’s Kevin Phillips scored in second-half stoppage time to cancel out a 68th-minute goal from Sam Wood.

West Brom and Wigan beat teams from the Championship. Simon Cox scored twice to lead West Brom over Leicester 4-1, while goals from Mauro Boselli and Ben Watson gave Wigan a 2-0 win against Swansea. Ipswich came from behind to beat Northampton, which is next-to-last in League Two, 3-1.

The remaining three quarterfinal spots will be filled tomorrow, when Aston Villa hosts Burnley, Arsenal visits Newcastle and Stoke travels to West Ham.

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