The Carabao Cup delivered a thrilling round of upsets and advancements as Manchester United and Arsenal bowed out, while Chelsea, Liverpool, and Newcastle booked their spots in the quarter-finals.
Manchester United’s lackluster season continued to unravel after they suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of a surging Newcastle United. This marks the team’s eighth loss in 15 outings, a replay of their 1962/63 season struggles.
The Red Devils, who were looking to defend their League Cup title, found themselves outplayed at Old Trafford, with Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron, Lewis Hall, and Joe Willock each finding the net to secure the Magpies a convincing victory.
Westham, Chelsea, Liverpool qualified for the next round
In another surprising turn, Arsenal succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at West Ham, dashing their hopes of Carabao Cup glory. The Gunners’ defeat casts a shadow over their recent performances, raising questions about their consistency and depth.
Contrastingly, Chelsea continued their steady progress with a comfortable 2-0 win over Blackburn, with contributions from Benoit Badiashile and Raheem Sterling propelling the Blues forward.
Liverpool, also advancing, claimed a narrow 2-1 victory against Bournemouth, with Darwin Nunez sealing the deal with a stellar winning goal.
Quarter finals draw conducted after the last round 16 matches
The draw for the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, conducted amidst the excitement of the last 16 conclusions, has set up intriguing clashes. Newcastle’s reward for dispatching Manchester’s finest is a challenging trip to Stamford Bridge to face five-time Carabao Cup winners Chelsea. Meanwhile, West Ham’s victory over Arsenal earns them a formidable contest against Liverpool at Anfield, promising to be an enthralling encounter.
The quarter-final fixtures are not just a parade of Premier League heavyweights; they also shine a spotlight on the underdogs. Everton’s face-off against Fulham ensures that at least one”big six” team will be in the semi-finals.
Furthermore, the draw guarantees a Cinderella story with League One’s Port Vale hosting Championship side Middlesbrough, ensuring lower-league representation in the latter stages of the competition.
As the ties are scheduled for the week of December 18, anticipation builds for what could be one of the most open Carabao Cup competitions in recent years, with every remaining team harboring legitimate dreams of lifting the trophy. The recent upsets serve as a stark reminder that in cup football, no team is invincible and that on any given matchday, history can be written by the underdogs.
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