Over the past two nights, we have had some cracking football games in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup, also known as the League Cup, with some absolutely shocking results. On Tuesday night, the shocking result was held at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland took on the third place in the Premier League, Chelsea. Also on Tuesday, Leicester hosted Manchester City in a high scoring match, whilst last night Stoke City welcomed Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur didn’t have far to travel to West Ham’s Upton Park.
Jose Mourinho took his Chelsea team to the Stadium of Light to play bottom of the Premier League, Sunderland and the Portuguese manager was looking for a much needed victory. In the Chelsea history, if a manager hasn’t won a piece of silverware by the end of the season, they tend to get fired, so the pressure is on Mourinho who will be looking for some sort of silverware by the summer of 2014. However, Chelsea’s campaign in the Capital One Cup ended prematurely as Sunderland’s Ki Sung-Yueng scored a winning goal in extra-time to make the final score 2-1 to the Black Cats.
Manchester City dominated in the other game on Tuesday against Leicester City as the Sky Blues advanced to the next round with a score of 3-1. The red side of Manchester travelled up to the midlands to play Stoke and an exquisite strike from Ashley Young helped the Red Devils reach the semi-finals in a 2-0 triumph. Finally, the manager-less Tottenham came up against West Ham in the quarter-final and took a 1-0 lead, yet the Hammers are known for their fighting spirit and managed to come back in the final 10 minutes to win 2-1 and reach the semi-final.
The semi-final Capital One Cup draw occurred after the quarter-final matches finished and it is very interesting as the Manchester teams have been kept separated. Man City take on West Ham and Man United are set to take on bottom of the league Sunderland, so there is a high chance of having a Manchester derby in the Capital One Cup final. There is set to be 2 legs, with the first beginning on 6th January and the second leg being played 2 weeks later. Man City will host first whilst United will host when the second legs are being played.
Capital One Cup semi-final draw:
Sunderland v Manchester United
Manchester City v West Ham
Author Daniel Foster.
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