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Liverpool defeats Stoke, sets up Wembley date

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Liverpool defeats Stoke, sets up Wembley date

Liverpool will head for Wembley for the League Cup final as they held off Stoke City to progress through the tournament.

The Reds went into the game with a 1-0 victory in hand, but trailed by 1-0 in 90 minutes. The team then played through a goalless extra time and clinched victory by scoring 6-5 on penalties.

Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic had scored the only goal in the game under controversy circumstances, slotting in an Adam Bojan pass in the stoppage time of the first time.

Later replays showed that the Austrian player was clearly offside, but the game remained 1-1 on aggregate score and both teams hit the woodwork during extra time before taking penalties.

Jon Walters, Glenn Whelan, Ibrahim Affelay, Xherdan Shaqiri and Marco Van Ginkel were all on target for Stoke while Adam Lallana, Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, James Milner and Lucas were successful for Liverpool before Joe Allen Anfield scored the winner and sent Anfield wild.

The victory ensures that Jurgen Klopp can visit Wembley in his first season as Liverpool manager, who said “Wembley is a cool place to play football… but we go there to win. It’s not much fun to lose.”

League Cup full-time result:Man.City Vs Hull City

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Man. City

Hull City

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Bony 12’, Iheanacho 80’

De Bruyne 82’, 87’

Robertson 90’

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City players celebrate as they scored.

Manchester City reached the League Cup semi-finals for the fourth time in seven seasons by an easy win over Hull City.

Wilfried Bony scored the opener by hammering in a rebound off the post.

Kelechi Iheanacho turned in Raheem Sterling’s cross for the first of four goals in the final 10 minutes.

Kevin de Bruyne raced past the Hull defence to poke in and then clipped in a delightful free-kick, before Andrew Robertson dinked in the Championship side’s consolation after a fine move.

Manchester City, who last won the competition in 2014, will find out their semi-final opponents when the draw is made on Wednesday.

Blues manager Manuel Pellegrini reiterated the importance of the League Cup to his club ahead of kick-off, particularly this season with Premier League rivals Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal already out.

And the competition holds particular significance for the Chilean, who won his first English trophy by leading the Blues to success in his first season.

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Manuel Pellegrini believes Man. City should win the League Cup.

Manchester City were suffered defeat by a youthful Newcastle side last season, but they learned from this experience against Championship promotion hopefuls Hull.

The Premier League leaders fielded a strong side, dominating but not creating a host of clear chances until the final 10 minutes.

Stoke City vs Chelsea Result

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League Cup Full-time Report:

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It was yet another clear blow to both Chelsea and Mourinho.

The Chelsea slump takes another turn for the worse as they fail to defend their league cup trophy.

Their defeat means that they have now lost eight out of their last six matches.

After Chelsea dominated a goalless first-half, Stoke led when Jon Walters was allowed to turn on the edge of the box before firing in off the crossbar.

Loic Remy drilled in an injury-time equaliser, seconds before Stoke’s Phil Bardsley was sent off for two bookings.

Stoke scored all of their spot-kicks, Eden Hazard missing the final penalty.

Potters keeper Jack Butland was the hero for the home side, saving the Belgian’s high effort to put Stoke into the quarter-finals.

Despite the Premier League champions’ dreadful start to the season, any suggestions of disharmony in the Blues ranks looked wide of the mark at Britannia Stadium.

The visitors showed no signs of their recent troubles in the first half, passing the ball around confidently and stretching the Stoke back line with their sharp movement.

England international Butland thwarted the visitors with a trio of top-class saves in the opening half-hour, twice denying Diego Costa and then Oscar, while Chelsea skipper John Terry’s cheeky flick from Willian’s cross was ruled out for offside.

And the character showed to level deep in stoppage-time suggested that the players were prepared to fight for Mourinho.

Nonetheless, it doesn’t get any better for Chelsea with Liverpool their opponents this weekend. Will the Blues bounce back?

Midweek Football Focus-Week 26th September

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TOTTENHAM VS ARSENAL

LEAGUE CUP THIRD ROUND, WEDNESDAY, 23 SEPT 2015, 2:45 PM EASTERN TIME

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Arsenal had lost in their previous two matches.
  • Tottenham had won in their previous three matches with clean sheets.
  • Tottenham still maintains a clean sheets after their previous four matches.
  • ESPN FC’s Alejandro Moreno says Spurs remain reliant on Harry Kane despite his goal drought.
  • Son Heung-Min (Tottenham) had scored 3 goals in Tottenham’s previous two matches.
    • He only debuted three matches ago.
  • Most sports pundits believe that “Spurs will deepen gloom on Arsenal”.
  • Arsene Wenger may “experiment” with the starting line-up.
  • Previously injured Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) may be fit in time.

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