Manchester United Beats Liverpool in League Cup as Swansea Falls

Manchester United beat Liverpool 1-0 to reach the round of 16 in English soccer’s League Cup, while Birmingham City knocked out defending champion Swansea City.

Javier Hernandez scored early in the second half last night at Old Trafford as United rebounded from a 4-1 loss against Manchester City four days ago that consigned the Red Devils to their worst Premier League start since 2004.

“It was a massive turnaround,” United defender Chris Smalling told Sky Sports. “There was a lot of doubt at the weekend. We needed to go out and put on a performance.”

Goals from Dan Burn, Matt Green and Tom Adeyemi gave Birmingham, which plays in the second-tier Championship, a 3-1 home win against Swansea. Premier League clubs Arsenal, Newcastle United and Stoke City also advanced to complete the fourth-round lineup in England’s second-tier cup competition.

Manchester United scored 40 seconds into the second half as Hernandez worked free from Jose Enrique and directed Wayne Rooney’s corner kick into the net from six yards out.

“His movement is great,” United manager David Moyes said of Hernandez. “Not only that, it’s the way he adjusts his body to get the finish off. He’s great in the box.”

Striker Luis Suarez returned to the starting lineup for Liverpool, which has won a record eight League Cups, after completing his 10-match suspension for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in a match last season.

Swansea Goes Out

Birmingham scored all of its goals in the second half as Swansea’s reign as League Cup champion lasted just one match.

Burn opened the scoring in the 57th minute and Green doubled the advantage four minutes later. Adeyemi made it 3-0 with nine minutes remaining before Wilfried Bony scored a late consolation for Swansea.

The game matched two of the past three League Cup winners. Swansea routed Bradford City 5-0 last season to capture the first trophy in its 101-year history, while Birmingham beat Arsenal in the 2011 final.

Arsenal came from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the teams drew 1-1.

Thomas Eisfeld gave Arsenal the lead in the 61st minute and Saido Berahino drew the home side even 10 minutes later. West Brom’s Morgan Amalfitano hit the crossbar in extra time, sending the match to penalties.

West Brom took a 3-1 lead in the shootout as goalkeeper Luke Daniels saved Serge Gnabry’s attempt. Craig Dawson and Amalfitano then put their efforts wide as Arsenal made its final three penalties, Nacho Monreal converting the deciding spot kick, to advance to a matchup with London rival Chelsea.

Fourth-Round Draw

Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran scored in Newcastle’s win over Championship team Leeds United. Stephen Ireland and Peter Crouch got goals as Stoke beat Tranmere Rovers from third-tier League One, the lowest-rated club left in the competition.

Burnley, Chelsea, Fulham, Hull City, Leicester City, Manchester City, Southampton, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford and West Ham United advanced two days ago.

Five of the eight fourth-round matches determined by last night’s draw will be all-Premier League contests. As well as Chelsea’s visit to Arsenal, Manchester City travels to Newcastle and Manchester United hosts Norwich City.

     Birmingham        3-1       Swansea
     Manchester        1-0       Liverpool
     Newcastle         2-0       Leeds
     Tranmere          0-2       Stoke
     West Brom         1-1       Arsenal
     (After extra time. Arsenal wins penalty shootout 4-3)

     FOURTH-ROUND DRAW (Games to be played week of Oct. 28)
     Sunderland vs Southampton
     Leicester vs Fulham
     Birmingham vs Stoke
     Manchester United vs Norwich
     Burnley vs West Ham
     Arsenal vs Chelsea
     Tottenham vs Hull
     Newcastle vs Manchester City
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