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REVIEW: Capital One Cup Fourth Round

Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all crash out in cup-sets

Usually it’s the FA Cup that is known for it’s giant-killings, but this week’s action of Capital One Cup certainly saw some cup-sets with three teams being knocked out by lower-league opposition.

Eight games played spread out between Tuesday and Wednesday night with all hoping to book their spot in the Quarter Finals.

Tuesday’s Action

The first major shock of the Capital One Cup Fourth Round came at Hillsborough as Sheffield Wednesday eliminated Arsenal.

The Championship side eased past Arsene Wenger‘s men, winning 3-0 in the process with the visitors picking up more injuries after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott were both taken off with hamstring and groin injuries respectively.

The second shock of the night came at the KC Stadium as Hull City managed to beat in-form Leicester City on a penalty shoot-out. The game ended 1-1 after 120-minutes and it was spot-kicks that decided it, with the Championship side prevailing.

Yet another shock came after penalties as Stoke City knocked out last years winners Chelsea.

Eden Hazard missed the decising penalty to dump further misery on his shoulders after a poor start to the new campaign. The game ended 1-1 and with Phil Bardsley sent-off, it looked like Jose Mourinho‘s men would get a much-needed win.

However, it wasn’t to be and their cup run ended at the Britannia.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, another penalty shoot-out as Everton beat Norwich City after their game also ended 1-1.

Wednesday’s Action

The first and only shock of the night for Wednesday came at Old Trafford where Middlesbrough eliminated Louis van Gaal‘s Manchester United.

The game ended goalless despite the hosts having several chances, and after Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young all missed their spot-kicks, it was the Championship side who prevailed.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, Manchester City thumped five past Crystal Palace in a 5-1 win at the Etihad Stadium and Southampton beat manager-less Aston Villa 2-1.

It was a night to remember for Jurgen Klopp as he picked up his first win as Liverpool boss, beating AFC Bournemouth 1-0 thanks to a Nathaniel Clyne goal.

Quarter-Final Draw

Southampton vs Liverpool

Manchester City vs Hull City

Stoke City vs Sheffield Wednesday

Middlesbrough vs Everton

 

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt

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