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Wednesday 30 October 2013

Capital One Cup: Chelsea oust Arsenal; United rout Norwich

Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata sink Gunners, Man United rout Norwich and Stoke edge Birmingham

  • Juan Mata scores Chelsea's second goal against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium

  • Javier Hernandez scores his second goal for Man United against Norwich

  • Steven N'Zonzi converts the decisive penalty for Stoke against Birmingham

  • Jack Collison dispatches West Ham's second spot-kick at Burnley

Chelsea overcame Arsenal to reach the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup, while Manchester United routed Norwich City 4-0 and Stoke City also scored four before edging out Birmingham City on penalties.

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

Goals in either half by Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata earned Chelsea a place in the last eight at the expense of Arsene Wenger's side at Emirates Stadium. Despite making 10 changes to the side that beat Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League at the weekend, the Blues' strength in depth was apparent as they sealed a comfortable away victory. The visitors took the lead after 25 minutes when Azpilicueta capitalised on a Carl Jenkinson back-header intended for goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and swept a shot in off the post. Just when Arsenal were beginning to threaten they were sunk midway through the second half by a 20-yard snapshot by Mata that left Fabianski with no chance.

Manchester United 4-0 Norwich City

Manchester United breezed into the next stage of the competition with the biggest win of David Moyes's tenure at the expense of Norwich City at Old Trafford. Javier Hernandez, who scored the winning goal against Stoke City in the Premier League three days earlier, broke the deadlock on 20 minutes from the penalty spot, after Adnan Januzaj had been fouled by Leroy Fer, and doubled his tally early in the second half. Soon afterwards Robert Snodgrass, the Norwich midfielder, was carried off the field on a stretcher after a clash of heads with Rafael Da Silva, whose brother Fabio scored the fourth goal in added time. By then Phil Jones had already scored the goal of the night, with a fierce 88th-minute drive from the area's edge.

Birmingham City 4-4 (aet) Stoke City (Stoke win on pens)

Stoke City also scored four goals at St Andrew's but they were still not enough to take the Potters through to the next round, as a penalty shoot-out was required to get past a resilient Birmingham side after extra time. The Championship side, who had cancelled out Oussama Assaidi's opener with a Tom Adeyemi effort, were reduced to 10 men when Wade Elliott was sent off on the stroke of half-time and found themselves 3-1 down with five minutes to go following goals by Peter Crouch and Marko Arnautovic. However Peter Lovenkrands's double forced extra time, and although Kenwyne Jones gave the visitors the lead four minutes into the additional half-hour Olly Lee's leveller took the game to penalties, where Mark Hughes's charges finally came out on top 4-2.

Burnley 0-2 West Ham United

Penalties were also the order of the day at Turf Moor where West Ham United overcame Burnley. In a close-fought encounter there was little to choose between the two sides until Jason Shackell fouled Kevin Nolan inside the area with 14 minutes remaining and Matt Taylor converted from 12 yards. In the last minute Keith Treacy was dismissed for bringing down Jack Collison and the midfielder picked himself up to settle the match from the spot.

Leicester City 4-3 Fulham

The goals flowed at the King Power Stadium where Fulham were knocked out of the competition thanks to a late winner by Leicester City. Goals by Wes Morgan, Chris Wood and Arsenal loanee Ignasi Miquel had earned the Foxes a 3-1 lead before Hugo Rodallega scored his second goal of the evening, and when Giorgos Karagounis made it 3-3 with three minutes to go extra time beckoned. However, Lloyd Dyer had the last laugh when he struck the 89th-minute sucker punch.

Capital One Cup results

Tuesday 29 October
0-2 Chelsea (Azpilicueta, Mata)
Burnley 0-2 West Ham United (Taylor pen, Collison pen)
Birmingham City 4-4 (aet) Stoke City* (Assaidi, Crouch, Arnautovic, Jones)
Leicester City 4-3 Fulham (Rodallega 2, Karagounis)
Manchester United (Hernandez 2, Jones, Fabio) 4-0 Norwich City

* won penalty shoot-out

Capital One Cup fixtures

Wednesday 30 October
Newcastle United v Manchester City, 7.45pm
Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City, 7.45pm

Key Points

  • Chelsea knock out Arsenal with 2-0 away win as Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata find the net
  • Manchester United rout Norwich 4-0; Stoke City beat Birmingham City on penalties after 4-4 draw
  • West Ham United through following 2-0 win at Burnley; Fulham lose seven-goal thriller to Leicester City

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