Carabao Cup Review: The Quarter-Finals: Four Down Four Three To Go

EFL Cup Review

It’s now time to look back at all the action from a thrilling Round of Quarter Final action from the English League Cup, as Arsene Wenger’s North Londoners booked their place in the semi-finals and Pep Guardiola’s Sky Blues just about managed the same, plus plenty more.

Citizens Claim King Power Stadium Thriller

In the first of Tuesday and Wednesday night’s encounters, two Premier League teams met at the King Power Stadium, to play out a memorable battler that would go right to the death.

Guardiola’s City would take the lead after just 26 minutes, Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva popping up with the goal and they thought they had held out for a slim win in the latter stages.

But, as Demarai Gray ran through, he went down under the challenge of Kyle Walker, earning a penalty, Jamie Vardy stepped up in the 97th minute and converted, sending it to extra time.

There were chances for both sides, although the tie went to penalties, Blue Moon eventually emerging victorious by a 4-3 scoreline to dump Claude Puel’s Foxes out and face the Robins in the Last Four.

Gunners Slip Through Past Hammers

Elsewhere two days ago, there would be a London Derby matchup at the Emirates Stadium, as Wenger’s Arsenal face off with David Moyes’ West Ham United.

In sharp contrast to the night’s other clash, this would be an encounter bereaved of goalmouth action, with both sets of teams only mustering up one short on target between them in the whole match.

This solitary effort came in the 43rd minute, when Danny Welbeck fought for the ball with Winston Reid from a cross, eventually coming out on top and then edging the ball underneath Joe Hart for the winner.

The hosts were able to hold out with ease in the second period, to send the away side packing, it’s the second year in succession that they have exited the Competition at this Stage, whereas, the Gunners have set up a daunting clash in the Semi-Finals.

Blues Sink Cherries To Make It To Last Four

To kick-off last night’s Cup ties, there would be yet more drama in West London when Antonio Conte’s Chelsea entertained Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth.

Things looked like they were going to be plain-sailing for the hosts at Stamford Bridge when Cesc Fabregas laid the ball on a plate for Willian to finish in the first-half and grab the game’s opener.

However, they would be left shell-shocked early in the second period as the Cherries found a deserved late leveller through a stunning Dan Gosling strike, incredibly, from the restart, Alvaro Morata was teed up to finish past Asmir Begovic and steal the win, two goals in less than 60 seconds.

A London Derby will now await Chelsea in the Semi-Finals, facing off with rivals Arsenal, meanwhile, attention will now turn back to the Premier League swiftly for Bournemouth as they lick their wounds.

Robins Leave It Late To Record United Giant-Killing

The biggest storyline of Round Five would duly come in its final match at Ashton Gate when Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United came to town to clash with Lee Johnson’s Bristol City.

The hosts, always an unlikely force in the affair, seized an advantage just after the break in spectacular circumstances, danger man Joe Bryan curling the ball past Sergio Romero from range.

Despite this, United were able to equalise a short while later, having stick the frame of the goal twice already in the match, tall Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic netting his first since returning to Manchester.

This set up Korey Smith to send the home fans delirious in the third minute of added-time with a cool volley, handing them a David and Goliath style evening to remember and a tricky tie with the Citizens later in the Tournament, having dumped out the defending champions.

So, now that all the spills and thrills from an entertaining Last Eight have been well and truly reviewed, and with some tantalising ties there for all to see in the next Round, who will be able to make it to Wembley? All will be revealed next month.

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Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.