Capital One Cup Round up: City and Everton dumped out

By IndepthAfrica
In Soccer
Sep 25th, 2012

Republic of Ireland under-21 Aidan White scored a stunning opener as Leeds United took the Premier League scalp of Everton in the third round of the League Cup at Elland Road. Striker Gabriel Agbonlahor scored his first goals since January as Aston Villa twice came from behind to knock Manchester City out.

The England international hit two against the Barclays Premier League champions, semi-finalists in this competition in two of the last three seasons.

Mario Balotelli and then Aleksandar Kolarov had twice put the hosts ahead while Villa old boy Gareth Barry’s helped his former team’s cause with an own-goal equaliser and Agbonlahor took the tie to extra-time.

Charles N’Zogbia scored only his third goal since his summer 2011 move from Wigan to put Villa ahead early in the first half of added period, and Agbonlahor ensured there was no way back with his second goal seven minutes from the end.

Everton , third in the top flight, fell behind after four minutes when White jinked his way through the heart of the visitors’ defence and curled the ball into the top corner.

Leeds doubled their advantage when a Danny Pugh’s shot was prodded into the bottom corner by Rodolph Austin in the second half, before Sylvain Distin headed in a late consolation.

Chelsea emphatically booked their place in the fourth round with a 6-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers while Premier League champions Manchester City were playing extra time after drawing 2-2 after 90 minutes against Aston Villa .

The Blues claimed their biggest win for almost 21 months thanks to goals from Gary Cahill, Ryan Bertrand, Juan Mata, Oriol Romeu, Fernando Torres and Victor Moses.

Swansea were spared an embarrassing evening against League One side Crawley Town after Garry Monk produced a late winner to give them a 3-2 victory at Broadfield Stadium.

With the score level at 2-2 and extra-time beckoning, Monk nodded home a corner by Wayne Routledge in the 90th minute as Swansea evaded a third successive defeat.

Swansea had looked on course for an easy night as their early dominance was rewarded when Miguel Michu scored. But Josh Simpson and Hope Akpan struck to give Crawley, who lost to Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup two seasons ago, hope of humbling their top-flight opponents.

Had the finishing skills of Jonathan Forte matched his surging runs from midfield, a prized scalp would have been assured. However, substitute Danny Graham equalised in the 76th minute, sparking a lively spell from Swansea who finally regained the lead through Monk.

Two moments of individual magic proved enough for 10-man Sunderland to see off a spirited MK Dons side at Stadium:mk.

The game lacked quality for large periods but two second-half goals, a fantastic Craig Gardner free-kick and a well-taken solo effort from James McClean, secured safe passage for Sunderland.

Wigan enjoyed an emphatic 4-1 victory at West Ham.

There was little sign of what was to come when Modibo Maiga gave the Hammers an early lead. Two goals by Mauro Boselli, an Ivan Ramis strike and a Jordi Gomez penalty eased Roberto Martinez’s side through.

Swindon Town were 3-1 winners over Burnley , while Bradford City beat Burton Albion 3-2 after extra-time.

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