Thursday 26 September 2013
Manchester United are through to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup after knocking out Liverpool with a narrow victory at Old Trafford, while holders Swansea City were ousted by Birmingham City and a youthful Arsenal side scraped through on penalties at the expense of West Bromwich Albion to earn a home tie with Chelsea in the next round.
Luis Suarez made his return to the Liverpool side after a 10-match suspension but it proved an unhappy evening for the Uruguay forward as Brendan Rodgers’ side were beaten by Manchester United. Javier Hernandez poached the only goal of the game in the first minute of the second half, eluding Luis Enrique to meet Wayne Rooney’s corner. The closest Liverpool came to scoring was when Suarez’s free-kick struck the bar and Victor Moses’s diving header was repelled by David De Gea.
Birmingham City pulled off the shock of the round by knocking out the Capital One Cup holders Swansea City with an impressive victory at St Andrew’s. Michael Laudrup made 10 changes to the side who beat Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday and enjoyed the better of a goalless first half, but the Blues impressed in a second half and dispatched the Swans with a Dan Burn header, a Matt Green tap-in and a Tom Adeyemi strike. Wilfried Bony provided a consolation goal for the visiting fans in the dying seconds of the match.
West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal both took the opportunity to blood youngsters in an open contest the Gunners won in a penalty shoot-out. Thomas Eisfeld, along with Isaac Hayden, Serge Gnabry, and substitutes Hector Bellerin, Kris Olsson and Chuba Akpom, was one of six Under-21 players used by Arsene Wenger during the course of the 120 minutes. Eisfeld gave the visitors the lead in only his second sortie for the senior side, after being set up by Nicklas Bendtner, himself making his first appearance for the Gunners in two years. But Albion, who twice struck the bar through Steven Reid and Morgan Amalfitano, levelled 10 minutes after going behind, as England Under-21 forward Saido Berahino produced his fourth goal in the competition to force extra time. Although Gnabry was the first player unable to find the net in the shoot-out, after his shot was saved by Luke Daniels, both Craig Dawson and Morgan Amalfitano missed for the hosts. Bendtner, Olsson and Akpom held their nerve before Nacho Monreal struck the winning spot-kick.
Newcastle will face Manchester City in the next round after overcoming second-tier Leeds United at St James’ Park. Papiss Cisse scored his first goal of the season after connecting with a pinpoint cross from the left by Sammy Ameobi, who started the match alongside fellow academy graduate Paul Dummett. Ameobi also provided the assist for Yoan Gouffran’s blistering shot on the turn from the edge of the area.
Stephen Ireland scored on his full debut as Stoke City edged past Tranmere Rovers. The midfielder, a deadline-day loan signing from Aston Villa and one of seven changes to the Stoke side who lost 3-1 at Arsenal on Saturday, scored in the first half after being put through by Marko Arnautovic, and although Rovers had the better of the second half with Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro curling over and Chris Atkinson slicing wide, Peter Crouch made sure the Potters reached the fourth round when he controlled Oussama Assaidi’s long ball into the area and deftly lifted it over goalkeeper Owain fon Williams.
There will be five all-Premier League ties in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup with Arsenal’s home fixture with Chelsea perhaps the most eye-catching of the encounters. Newcastle will also have their work cut out after drawing Manchester City at home. Elsewhere Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur will host Norwich City and Hull City respectively, while Southampton face the long trip north to Sunderland.
Birmingham City 3-1 Swansea City (Bony)
Manchester United (Hernandez) 1-0 Liverpool
Newcastle United (Cisse, Gouffran) 2-0 Leeds United
Tranmere Rovers 0-2 Stoke City (Ireland, Crouch)
West Bromwich Albion (Berahino) 1-1 (3-4 pens) Arsenal (Eisfeld)
Matches to be played week commencing 28 October
Arsenal v Chelsea
Birmingham City v Stoke City
Burnley v West Ham United
Leicester City v Fulham
Manchester United v Norwich City
Newcastle United v Manchester City
Sunderland v Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City