Chelsea 5 Manchester United 4 – Sturridge and Ramires seal win in extra-time
The Capital One Cup is traditionally a competition where some of the top Premier League clubs field weakened teams although that didn’t prevent a thrilling contest at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea forced extra-time thanks to an injury-time Eden Hazard penalty.
October 31st, 2012
The Belgian made the scoreline 3-3 after Manchester United had led on three separate occasions, with Chelsea making two defensive slip-ups which kept allowing the Red Devils to get their noses in front.
A suicide ball from Petr Cech put Oriol Romeu in trouble, with Ryan Giggs quick to pounce on the mistake to fire the visitors in front. However, David Luiz equalised from the penalty spot after Buttner felled Victor Moses and there could be no complaints about the awarding of the spot kick.
However, United re-established their advantage when Luiz came racing out of defence to leave a gap which was exploited by Javier Hernandez.
The second half saw Hazard introduced and Chelsea were once again level thanks to their other central defender as Gary Cahill nodded the ball over the line.
Nevertheless, it did look as though United would claim a quarter final spot when Nani executed a fine finish after superb build-up play from the Red Devils, although Scott Wootton’s rash challenge on Ramires allowed Chelsea to score their second spot kick.
In the 97th minute, Daniel Sturridge struck to send his team in front for the first time that evening and Roberto Di Matteo’s team go into the hat for the next round, with Ramires slotting home to add a fifth before Ryan Giggs scored the third penalty of the night.