A look Back at Tuesday and Wednesday’s Capital One games.
Stoke VS Chelsea 1-1 Stoke (Stoke win 5-4 on Penalties)
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho suffered another disappointing defeat away at Stoke in their first cup match. Jonathan Walters gave the home side the lead with a superb strike from just outside the area that thundered in off the underside of the bar. Chelsea were given a glimmer of hope when Loic Remy struck an injury time equalizer to force extra time.
Stoke managed to hold on to force penalties and after 9 consecutive penalties were dispatched it was up to Eden Hazard to level the shootout, Butland clawed out Hazard’s top corner bound penalty which confirmed Stoke’s place in the quarter finals. Chelsea also had an injury to Diego Costa who injured his rib in the defeat which rubbed salt into the wound.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho certainly has more food for thought as Chelsea will next turn their attentions back to the Premier League as they host Liverpool in a blockbuster clash at Stamford Bridge. They know a win is a must in their quest to push up the table and get back into the Champions League places.
Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Arsenal
Arsene Wenger served no better either as his mainly second string side were outgunned away at Sheffield Wednesday 3-0. The defeat wasn’t helped by injuries to Oxlade Chamberlain and the inform Theo Walcott in the first 20 minutes of the game. They went 2-0 down at half time after Ross Wallace fired into the bottom corner and then Lucas Joao guided in a header in the 40th minute.
Any Hopes Arsenal had of getting a foothold back in the game were gone, when 6 minutes after the restart, Sam Hutchinson got a third goal for Sheffield Wednesday from close range, Wenger would’ve certainly wanted his first team regulars to show his young guns how it’s done but they didn’t rise to the challenge as Arsenal were completely outplayed in all departments and never looked like getting back into the game at half time.
Everton 1-1 Norwich (Everton win 4-3 on penalties)
Norwich have been out of sorts in the past few weeks but they took a surprise lead when Sebastian Bassong put them ahead in the 51st minute, their lead lasted 17 minutes as Leon Osman got the equalizer for Everton. The Game went to a penalty shootout that was won by Everton, Wes Hoolahan and Nathan Redmond missed their spot kicks for Norwich.
Hull City 1-1 Leicester (Hull City win 5-4 on penalties)
Premier League comeback kings Leicester were up against Hull and the match was goalless after 90 minutes. Mahrez got the opening goal in extra time when he turned the ball in off a Jamie Vardy shot. However, the lead didn’t last long as Abel Hernandez got the equalizer for Hull and sent the game to a shootout. Hull scored all of their spot kicks but Riyad Mahrez struck the post with his effort which sends Hull into the quarter finals.
Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth
Jurgen Klopp finally tasted victory as Liverpool manager as his team registered a 1-0 victory at home to Bournemouth, Nathaniel Clyne got his first goal for the club as he reacted first from a Carlos Teixeira effort that was cleared off the line, Liverpool made nine changes after their game at the weekend and survived a number of tense moments in the first half involving Adam Bogdan being denied on three separate occasions for the visitors.
Klopp will have been impressed with Jordan Ibe as his phenomenal work rate and pace were causing Bournemouth many problems all night. Roberto Firmino also had a good game and Liverpool supporters could finally be about to see him express himself more regularly on the pitch from now on. The victory is also the second time in 2 years Liverpool have beaten Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup and the reds now progress to the quarter finals looking to win the trophy for a ninth time. A piece of silverware could be the perfect tonic for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp will hoping he can go all the way in his first season at the helm.
Southampton 2-1 Aston Villa
It was an inconsistent performance from Southampton but goals from Maya Yoshida and Graziano Pelle proved to be the difference. Scott Sinclair got a goal back for Villa from the penalty spot but it was not enough to instil a bit of belief into the Villa players to get them out of the funk they are in at present.
Manchester UTD 0-0 Middlesbrough (Middlesbrough win 3-1 on Penalties)
Manchester United were hoping to kick on after their draw against city last weekend. They were wasteful with their chances though as Ander Herrera and Memphis Depay both failed in attack for United and didn’t take advantage of any openings they managed to carve out. Anthony Martial went close with a header and Marouane Fellaini failed to score with the goal gaping for him.
Middlesbrough had their own chances as well as Stewart Downing went close for Boro and the away team had another two chances to win the tie in normal time but Romero was equal to them in the United goal. The game went on to penalties and misses from Rooney, Carrick and Young handed Middlesbrough a quarter final spot.
Manchester City 5-1 Crystal Palace
Manchester City had no problems getting past Palace as they sealed their quarter final spot with a 5-1 battering of Palace at the Etihad. Wilfred Bony opened the scoring for City with a header, De Bruyne got their second with a close range finish and Iheanacho then scored another simple close range goal for city off a corner, Yaya Toure grabbed City’s fourth from the penalty spot and Damien Delaney grabbed a late consolation for Palace but City rounded off the scoring when Manu Garcia completed a lightning counter attack.