Chelsea avenge Manchester United loss in League Cup goalfest
Chelsea claimed partial revenge for their stormy loss to Manchester United at the weekend by prevailing 5-4 when the teams resumed hostilities in an end-to-end fourth-round League Cup tie.
United led three times at Stamford Bridge, but each time Chelsea responded, with Eden Hazard's 94th-minute penalty taking the game to extra time before goals from Daniel Sturridge and Ramires put the hosts in the quarter-finals.
"It was a very exciting game -- a typical cup game," said Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo, whose side face Leeds United in the last eight.
"We could have finished off the game earlier, but we showed what fantastic character we have to come back from behind three times."
There were shocks in the night's other ties, meanwhile, as Swansea City won 3-1 at Liverpool to knock former coach Brendan Rodgers out of the competition and Norwich City came from behind to eliminate Tottenham Hotspur.
United's controversial 3-2 win in the Premier League on Sunday ended with claims that referee Mark Clattenburg had abused Chelsea's John Mikel Obi, but yesterday's game was a gripping contest more in line with Arsenal's astonishing 7-5 win at Reading the night before.
United made 10 changes to the side that won on Sunday, but they went ahead in the 22nd minute when Anderson robbed the dallying Oriol Romeu on the edge of the box and Ryan Giggs coolly shaped a shot past Petr Cech.
The lead last only 11 minutes, David Luiz equalising from the penalty spot, but more defensive sloppiness from the home side allowed the visitors to restore their lead just before half-time.
Luiz lost the ball after one of his trademark romps up the pitch and when Anderson fed Javier Hernandez, the Mexican held his nerve to beat Cech and claim his sixth goal in nine games against Chelsea.