Blackburn beat Chelsea, Manchester rout Arsenal in Carling Cup
LONDON: Blackburn Rovers dumped 10-man Chelsea out of the League Cup 4-3 on penalties on Wednesday after a quarter-final thriller ended 3-3 following extra time
at Ewood Park.
In a roller-coaster match that saw the Premier League leaders twice fall behind only to grab a dramatic 122nd-minute equaliser, it was left to teenager Gael Kakuta to fluff the
decisive penalty kick.
Big-spending Manchester City beat a young Arsenal team 3-0 in the night''s other quarter-final to set up a mouth-watering clash with holders and local rivals Manchester United in the last four.
With manager Sam Allardyce absent after undergoing heart surgery, Blackburn went ahead when Croatian striker Nikola Kalinic sidefooted home in the ninth minute.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti responded with a triple substitution at halftime and the gamble paid dividends three minutes later when striker Didier Drogba headed in with almost his first touch of the ball.
Manchester City, who have recorded seven successive draws in the Premier League, clinched their first appearance in a domestic cup semi-final since 1981.
After going in 0-0 at the break, they stamped their authority on Arsenal with second-half goals from Carlos Tevez, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Vladimir Weiss.
United beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday while Villa cruised past Portsmouth 4-2 at Fratton Park.