Chelsea beat United, hold­ers Liver­pool out

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Chelsea came from be­hind three times to beat Manch­ester United 5-4 af­ter ex­tra time and book a spot in the League Cup quar­ter-fi­nals on Wed­nes­day, earn­ing re­venge for Sun­day's con­tro­ver­sial 3-2 league de­feat.

Hold­ers Liver­pool were knocked out by boss Bren­dan Rodgers' for­mer side Swansea City while Nor­wich City beat Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur.

An­other high-scor­ing thriller en­sued at Stam­ford Bridge al­though both Alex Fer­gu­son and Roberto Di Mat­teo elected to send out vastly dif­fer­ent teams in the of­ten ma­ligned sec­ondary cup com­pe­ti­tion.

United net­ted first through Ryan Giggs be­fore David Luiz scored for Chelsea from the penalty spot. Javier Her­nan­dez took the lead back for United af­ter an­other de­fen­sive mis­take, be­fore de­fender Gary Cahill again lev­elled mat­ters on 52 min­utes.

United again went in­front just be­fore the hour mark thanks to Nani's cool chip, but an­other penalty, this time from sub­sti­tute Eden Haz­ard, sent the match into ex­tra time.

Daniel Stur­ridge, who had missed a host of chances throughout, nabbed Chelsea's fourth by latch­ing onto a poor back­pass and there was even time for a Ramires goal and a Giggs penalty. Liver­pool boss Rodgers, who left Swansea in the close sea­son, saw the Welsh side win 3-1 at An­field to hu­mil­i­ate his stut­ter­ing side.

Chico grabbed the opener for Swansea in the 34th minute as Liver­pool also played a much changed side with for­got­ten man Joe Cole get­ting a rare look-in but fail­ing to im­press. The weak­ened hosts went 2-0 down mid­way through the sec­ond half through Nathan Dyer be­fore sub­sti­tute Luis Suarez pulled one back and Jonathan de Guz­man sealed Swansea's first ever League Cup quar­ter­fi­nal spot late on.

Nor­wich will also be in the last eight af­ter com­ing from be­hind to beat Tot­ten­ham 2-1 at home with Simeo.

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