30 Oct 2014

City out of League Cup

12:03 pm on 30 October 2014

Holders Manchester City have been knocked out of English football's League Cup by Newcastle United who reached the quarter-finals with a superb 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City's Yaya Toure and team-mates.

Manchester City's Yaya Toure and team-mates. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Newcastle's 18-year-old winger Rolando Aarons struck in the sixth minute to hand the visitors an unlikely lead before Moussa Sissoko ended any hopes of a City fightback with a brilliant goal to gift underfire manager Alan Pardew a third win in 11 days.

Graziano Pelle scored twice as in-form Southampton let slip a 2-0 goal before advancing to the last eight with a thrilling 3-2 victory against Stoke City.

Tottenham Hotspur eased through to the quarter-finals, beating Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0.

Quarter-final draw....

Derby County (II) v Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

Bournemouth (II) v Liverpool

Sheffield United (III) v Southampton

Chelsea reached the English League Cup quarter-finals but had to call for reinforcements to see off fourth tier Shrewsbury Town 2-1, while Mario Balotelli inspired Liverpool's 2-1 comeback victory over Swansea City.

Chelsea footballer Didier Drogba

Chelsea footballer Didier Drogba Photo: PHOTOSPORT

On a night when Premier League West Bromwich Albion were dumped out by second tier Bournemouth, both Liverpool and Chelsea flirted with danger.

Didier Drogba gave Chelsea the lead but the match looked to be heading for extra time when Shrewsbury's Andy Mangan swivelled to fire past keeper Petr Cech with 13 minutes to play.

Nemanja Matic and Willian were promptly summoned from the bench to help quell the uprising and the latter's superb cross caused panic in the defensive ranks and Jermaine Grandison turned the ball into his own net.

Liverpool fans have seen little in Balotelli's performances this season to convince them he could ride to the rescue when the chips were down but he came off the bench to prod home a crucial equaliser at Anfield with four minutes remaining after Marvin Emnes had put Swansea ahead.

The Italian footballer Mario Balotelli

The Italian footballer Mario Balotelli Photo: PHOTOSPORT

A dramatic finale saw Swansea's Federico Fernandez sent off for a late tackle and Dejan Lovren head home the winner after four minutes of stoppage time.

West Brom probably thought they had done enough to force extra time when a Tommy Elphick own goal with five minutes to go at Bournemouth levelled the scores at 1-1.

But it was the hosts who progressed thanks to Callum Wilson's late strike, capping a superb few days for the south coast club after they beat Birmingham City 8-0 in the Championship at the weekend.

Elsewhere, Derby County came from 2-0 down to beat Fulham 5-2 and Sheffield United won 2-1 at Milton Keynes Dons