Manchester City kept up their free-scoring form by thrashing Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-2 in the League Cup, while Chelsea and Blackburn scored late winners in extra time to advance to the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Buoyant after routing Manchester United 6-1 to take a five-point lead in the Premier League, City rallied with three goals in a four-minute span just before halftime after conceding an early goal at Molineux.
Adam Johnson and Samir Nasri started the comeback, with Edin Dzeko adding a double either side of an own goal by goalkeeper Dorus de Vries in a dominant display at Molineux.
Substitute Daniel Sturridge scored Chelsea’s winner with four minutes left in extra time as the London club beat Everton 2-1 in a match that saw both teams finish with 10 men.
Blackburn left it even later to beat Newcastle 4-3, with French defender Gael Givet scoring in the last minute of extra time to inflict a first defeat on the visitors this season, while Liverpool rallied to beat Stoke 2-1 thanks to a second-half brace by Uruguay striker Luis Suarez in another all-Premier League match.
Manchester United, Arsenal, Cardiff and Crystal Palace reached the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
City took their tally of goals to 15 in their last three away matches, but needed Nenad Milijas’ 18th-minute goal to stir the visitors into action.
Dzeko — fresh off a double as a substitute against United — bundled in the third and fifth goals from close range, sandwiching an unfortunate own goal by De Vries in the 50th.
Jamie O’Hara grabbed a consolation for Wolves a minute later.
With United easing past fourth-tier team Aldershot 3-0 on Tuesday, City could face their local rival in the last eight.
While City made wholesale changes to the team that thrashed United over the weekend, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish fielded a number of first-team players and will be thankful he retained Suarez.
The striker missed a number of chances in the 1-1 league draw against Norwich on Saturday, but was more efficient against Stoke, equalizing with an unstoppable curling shot after dribbling past Ryan Shotton.
Suarez grabbed the winner for the seven-time League Cup winners by heading home a volleyed cross by Jordan Henderson.
Salomon Kalou made up for Nicolas Anelka’s missed penalty in the 16th by putting Chelsea ahead at the Goodison Park before the visitors had goalkeeper Ross Turnbull sent off in the 58th for bringing down Everton striker Louis Saha.
Petr Cech, Turnbull’s replacement, saved the resulting penalty by Leighton Baines, but Saha took the game into extra time with a near-post header in the 83rd.
Royston Drenthe was dismissed for Everton in a frenetic extra 30 minutes before Sturridge slipped home a rebound after Florent Malouda’s shot was parried out.
An eventful game at Ewood Park saw Newcastle force extra time with goals in second-half injury time by Danny Guthrie and Yohan Cabaye, canceling out efforts by Ruben Rochina and Yakubu.
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