Wednesday 18 December 2013
A late goal from Ki Sung-yeung earned Sunderland a shock win over Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup, while Manchester City joined them after a comfortable 3-1 victory away to Leicester City.
Sunderland reached the semi-finals of the League Cup for the first time in 14 years thanks to Ki Sung-yeung's 118th-minute winner at the Stadium of Light.
"They gave everything and I hope they have turned the corner"
After a goalless first half, Chelsea took the lead within a minute of the restart when Lee Cattermole bundled the ball into his own net trying to prevent Frank Lampard form turning Cesar Azpilicueta's cross. Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone tried to claw the ball out but thanks to Hawk-Eye's Goal Decision System referee Anthony Taylor was able to confirm it had crossed the line.
With just two minutes of normal time remaining Sunderland equalised through substitute Fabio Borini to send the match into extra-time. A penalty shootout loomed until Ki turned in the box to fire in his first goal for Sunderland since joining on loan from Swansea City, with whom he won the competition last season.
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet hoped that the victory would spur his side on in the Barclays Premier League, where they are bottom of the table and next face Norwich City at home on Saturday.
"That was the idea we want, to maintain that consistency," he said. "They played fantastic, they didn't stop. They gave everything today and I hope they have turned the corner.
"It needs to be the platform to go on and win on Saturday. If we are like this we can be a very difficult team to play."
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho bemoaned the chances spurned by his side as they now prepare for Monday night's match against Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League.
"We never lost a match because the opponent is stronger than us," he said."We don't kill the opponent, we give them life. It's always the same. It's about results, about scoring goals but you see every game we are in trouble."
A brace from Edin Dzeko helped Manchester City reach the semi-finals with a comfortable win at the King Power Stadium.
Aleksandar Kolarov gave Manchester City the lead after eight minutes, which Dzeko added to either side of half-time. Lloyd Dyer grabbed a late consolation for the Championship side.
Dzeko will be hoping his performance will merit a starting place in the team for the trip to Fulham on Saturday in the Barclays Premier League as a replacement for the injured Sergio Aguero. After the match Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said Aguero's calf- injury suffered during the 6-3 defeat of Arsenal on Saturday could keep him out of action for up to eight weeks.
"The doctor has said he has at least one month or eight weeks," Pellegrini said. "We will see. I don't how many weeks but it will be at least one month. It is very difficult to know at this moment how many weeks it can be."
In Wednesday night's other quarter-finals, Tottenham Hotspur's caretaker head coach Tim Sherwood take charge of his first match when West Ham United come to White Hart Lane and Stoke City host Manchester United.
Leicester 1-3 Man City
Sunderland 2-1 Chelsea (aet; 1-1)
Wednesday 18 December
Stoke City v Manchester United, 7.45pm
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United, 7.45pm