Miracle in Madejski as Capital One Cup enters Quarter final stage



When the arsenal rolled out their cannons at the Madejski stadium against Reading, they didn’t know what was to befall them. 
 
In less than 40 minutes, the Arsenal was down 4-0. Sloppy play, bad defending, ordinary goal keeping gave Reading the impetus to bombard Arsenal. A Jason Roberts volley, Laurent Koscielny’s own goal, MikeleLeigertwood’s strike and Noel Hunt’s header had put the Royals ahead.
The gunners captained by Djourou gave themselves a life line when Arshavin intercepted a pass to play through to Walcott who chipped the goalie to bring the score to 4-1 in added time of the first half.
Arsenal turned things around in the second half with the introduction of Eisfeld and Giroud with the latter nodding in to make it 4-2. Koscielny redeemed his image by making it 4-3 in 89 minutes before Walcott made it 4-4 in the 95th minute. The game progressed to extra time.
 
Forgotten Moroccan, Chamakh scored a double in extra timeon both sides of Theo Walcott’s third goal to end the game 7-5. PavelPogrebnyak had equalized for Reading to make it 5-5.
In the other epic of the mid-week, Chelsea came from behind to win Manchester United 5-4 gaining revenge of their 2-3 loss to the Red Devils on Sunday. The game had ended 3-3 in regulation after 93rd minute equalizer from the spot by Hazard took the game to extras.
 
United had taken the lead within 25 minutes when Ryan Giggs capitalized on a defensive error to slot the opener. Luiz scored a penalty within the next 8 minutes after Buttner had brought Chelsea’s Victor Moses down in the box. The defensive calamities continued as Javier Heernandez made it 2-1 for United on the stroke of halftime.
 
Cahill leveled for Chelsea after the half but Nani chipped Cech to bring United back to the lead at 3-2 before Hazard’s added time equalizer.
In extra time, Sturridge gave the Blues the lead for the first time in the game after another defensive error from United. Ramires made it 5-3 after Hazard had whizzed past the Uniteddefence.Giggs last minute penalty wasn’t enough as Chelsea won 5-4.
In other results, Cup holders, Liverpool were knocked out by Swansea 3-1 at Anfield; Norwich came from behind to defeat Tottenham 2-1 in the last 6 minutes of their game; Aston Villa won away 3-2 to Swindon. 3 other Premeir League teams were knocked out by lower division teams: Leeds defeated Southampton 3-0, Sunderland lost 1-0 to Middlesborough and Bradford defeated Wigan 4-2 away on penalties after the game had ended goalless.
The quarter finalists are Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bradford, Chelsea, Middlesborough, Norwich, Southampton and Sunderland.

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Written By Amos Chibuzor


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