The Herald - Sport - - FOOTBALL -

WAYNE ROONEY missed a penalty as the shock of the Cap­i­tal One Cup even­tu­ally ar­rived at Old Traf­ford with Mid­dles­brough beat­ing Manch­ester United in a shoot-out.

Cham­pi­onship pro­mo­tion-chasers Mid­dles­brough had a goal dis­al­lowed when Kike hit the post and Da­ley Blind put the re­bound in his own net, with an off­side flag cur­tail­ing their cel­e­bra­tions.

Nei­ther side could break the dead­lock in ex­tra-time with An­thony Mar­tial and Marouane Fel­laini miss­ing close-range headers at the death for the hosts.

Rooney saw the Premier­ship side’s first penalty saved by To­mas Me­jias, Michael Carrick blazed over and Me­jias then blocked Ashley Young’s ef­fort as the vis­i­tors tri­umphed 3-1 on spot-kicks.

Strik­ers Wil­fried Bony and Kelechi Iheana­cho were among the goalscor­ers as Manch­ester City eased into the Cap­i­tal One Cup quar­ter-fi­nals with a 5-1 win over Crys­tal Palace.

With Ser­gio Aguero still in­jured, the spot­light re­mains on the other for­wards and Bony set them on the way to a com­fort­able win at the Eti­had Sta­dium with a fine header.

The lively 19-year-old Iheana­cho then got in on the act af­ter Kevin De Bruyne had main­tained his re­cent scor­ing streak with City’s sec­ond.

Yaya Toure added a fourth from the penalty spot and sub­sti­tute Manu Gar­cia rounded off a good night’s work with a fifth in stop­page time af­ter a Damien De­laney con­so­la­tion.

Southamp­ton also pro­gressed to the quar­ter-fi­nals with a 2-1 vic­tory that added fur­ther mis­ery to strug­gling As­ton Villa’s al­ready sorry sea­son.

De­spite an of­ten dis­jointed per­for­mance, classy goals from Maya Yoshida and Graziano Pelle proved more than enough to de­feat clearly de­mor­alised op­po­si­tion and to build on the promis­ing form of re­cent weeks, even amid Scott Sin­clair’s stop­page-time penalty.

As­ton Villa far from thrived in their first fix­ture since man­ager Tim Sher­wood was sacked and Kevin MacDon­ald was placed in tem­po­rary charge but they at least showed in­cre­men­tal im­prove­ment.

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