Chelsea came from behind on three different occasions to seal a dramatic 5-4 League Cup win over bitter rivals Manchester United, who had controversially won the Premier League fixture between the two teams just three days ago.
Sunday’s ill-tempered 3-2 win for United saw Chelsea’s Fernando Torres sent off harshly before a decisive Javier Hernandez goal was let to stand despite being scored from an off-side position.
This evening’s rematch was far less controversial but packed the same punch as the nine-goal thriller took extra time to reach resolution.
Ryan Giggs, Hernandez, and Nani had propelled United in front three times in regulation but David Luiz, Gary Cahill, and Eden Hazard responded each time. Luiz and Hazard both converted from the spot, with the latter’s equalizing goal coming in stoppage time.
The Blues then turned aggressors for large periods of extra time, taking a two-goal lead courtesy of goals from Daniel Sturridge and Ramires.
Ryan Giggs pulled back a late penalty but that wasn’t enough to stop United from crashing out of the competition at Stamford Bridge.
In tonight’s other two matches, a pair of upsets saw Tottenham and holders Liverpool crash out against Norwich and Swansea, respectively.
Jan Vertonghen scored an own goal and Clint Dempsey missed a late penalty as the Spurs were reduced to a 2-1 defeat, with Simeon Jackson also on target for the Canaries. Gareth Bale scored the solitary goal for Andre Villas-Boas’ side.
At Anfield, the Reds were outplayed completely as Chico, Nathan Dyer, and Jonathan De Guzman all netted to nullify Luis Suarez’s goal and secure a 3-1 victory for the Swans.