Chelsea rallied to beat Manchester United 5-4 after extra time to reach the League Cup quarterfinals alongside Premier League rivals Norwich and Swansea, which ousted defending champion Liverpool.
Goals from Daniel Sturridge and Ramires in extra time gave Chelsea a 5-3 lead last night at Stamford Bridge before United’s Ryan Giggs scored with a late penalty kick. The Blues forced the extra 30 minutes when Eden Hazard converted a penalty with the last kick of normal time.
“We showed again the fantastic character the boys have to come back three times,” Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo told Sky Sports. “It was a very exciting game, a typical cup game, quite open and we played well with a lot of chances.”
Swansea won 3-1 at Liverpool and Norwich beat Tottenham 2-1 to complete the last eight lineup in English soccer’s second-tier cup competition.
Last night’s quarterfinal draw handed Chelsea a trip to Leeds, while Swansea hosts Middlesbrough, Norwich faces Aston Villa and Arsenal visits League Two Bradford, the lowest-ranked team left in the competition.
Manchester United appeared headed for its second win at Stamford Bridge in four days before Chelsea’s late rally. The Red Devils won 3-2 in a Premier League match that featured two red cards for Chelsea players and accusations of racial abuse against the Blues’ John Obi Mikel from referee Mark Clattenburg, who has denied the allegation.
“It you’re winning 3-2 in the final seconds of the game, then you should see it out,” United manager Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports. “We’ve only got ourselves to blame.”
Hazard’s penalty came after Scott Wootton knocked over Ramires in the area in the fourth minute of stoppage time. The Blues then took the lead in the seventh minute of extra time as Sturridge collected a loose header back toward Anders Lindegaard and went around the United goalkeeper to score.
With United pushing forward for the tying goal, Ramires made it 5-3 on a counterattack after taking a pass from Hazard. Giggs got a goal back for United with his penalty and Hazard hit the post just before the final whistle.
Chelsea earlier made two defensive errors as Giggs and Javier Hernandez scored either side of David Luiz’s penalty. Gary Cahill made it 2-2 in the 52nd minute and Nani then gave United its third lead seven minutes later.
Chico Flores, Nathan Dyer and Jonathan de Guzman scored as Swansea eliminated Liverpool and former manager Brendan Rodgers to reach the quarterfinals for the first time. Luis Suarez came off the bench to pull Liverpool within 2-1 before de Guzman clinched the Swans’ victory with an injury-time goal.
Simeon Jackson’s 87th-minute goal and Mark Bunn’s penalty save lifted Norwich to the come-from-behind home win over Spurs.
Gareth Bale put Tottenham in front in the 66th minute before an own goal from Jan Vertonghen with six minutes left tied the game. Jackson then put the Canaries in front by knocking in the rebound after Hugo Lloris couldn’t hold Grant Holt’s header and Bunn stopped Clint Dempsey’s penalty a minute later after Marc Tierney took down Kyle Walker.