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Carling Cup 2011, Round 3: Manchester City, Liverpool Both Advance, Chelsea Beat Fulham On Penalties

The big names advanced in the Carling Cup, but that doesn't mean that they all had an easy time of it.

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Carling Cup 2011, Round 3: Chelsea, Liverpool And Manchester City All Advance

Manchester City got a goal from Owen Hargreaves to set them on course to beat holders Birmingham City at the Etihad Stadium. Somehow, they managed this without seeing the former England international explode or maimed in any other way, and Mario Balotelli added a second goal int he first half to allow Roberto Mancini's men to cruise to a 2-0 win. Liverpool had a more difficult ask in facing nPower Championship risers Brighton, but they too struck twice, and a late penalty to make it 2-1 didn't end up proving particularly costly as the Reds advanced.

Chelsea-Fulham went to penalties at Stamford Bridge despite the hosts playing with ten men for the majority of the second half after Brazilian centre back Alex was adjudged to have fouled teenager Kerim Frei in the box - Chris Foy awarding a penalty and a red card. Pajtim Kasami's effort struck the bar, however, and the game played out to a 0-0 draw before Bryan Ruiz's decisive spot kick stuck the bottom of the bar, the goalline, the bar again and finally bobbled out without ever going in. That's Chelsea's first meaningful penalty shootout win in more than a decade.

Cardiff City vs. Leicester also went to penalties, although that was a match with rather more in the way of goals, with each team scoring in both halves to take the match to extra time and eventually spot kicks. The first 12 were all converted before Gelson Fernandes skied his shot over the crossbar. Paul Quinn planted his effort past Chris Weale to lead Cardiff to victory 2-2 (7-6).

A penalty very nearly saw Everton knocked out at home against West Bromwich Albion, but Maruoane Fellaini left foot gave them a lifeline in the last minute and the Toffees managed to get their noses ahead in extra time, closing out the game for a 2-1 win, with Phil Neville the hero. Southampton triumphed over Preston North End by a similar margin, with Josh Hooiveld and Adam Lallana bracketing an Adam Barton strike to give the hosts a win.


Carling Cup 2011, Round 3: Manchester United, Arsenal Through While Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa Knocked Out

Manchester United cruised to victory against old rivals Leeds thanks to a brace from Michael Owen and a lovely goal by Ryan Giggs in the first half before a sedate second period sealed the Championship club's fate. Sir Alex Ferguson took the opportunity to blood several young players, including ace midfielder Paul Pogba and Larnell Cole, but an injury to centre back Ezekiel Fryers meant that the visitors spent the last few minutes of the match playing Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick as a defensive pairing, which was interesting. Anyway, an easy 3-0 win for United, and they advance to the fourth round.

Arsenal had a much harder time of things at the Emirates against League Two Shrewsbury, going down early on to James Collins' header before Kieran Gibbs puleld one back for the Gunners, but they turned on (some of) the style in the second half and a well-taken strike by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave the hosts a lead, with on-loan Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun making it 3-1 late on and sealing the win.

Bolton and Aston Villa might have been scoreless and fairly pathetic in the first half, but it got far more interesting in the second, with the visitors scoring twice to no reply. The Trotters went ahead though Chris Eagles early in the half before Gael Kakuta capped off the 2-0 win with a lovely left-footed volley from the edge of the area which gave Shay Given no chance at all.

Wolverhampton, meanwhile, have absolutely destroyed Millwall, going ahead 3-0 at half time and tacking on two more to earn a 5-0 win with five goalscorers. Elsewhere, Burnley staged a home comeback to edge out MK Dons 2-1, although Kieran Tripper's equalising goal was controversial, to say the least, appearing to come off a free kick awarded for an imaginary handball. Oh, and Aldershot beat Rochdale 2-1 in a game I know nothing about, as did Crystal Palace Middlesbrough.

Blackburn Rovers and Leyton Orient at Ewood Park took its time to get going, with a late first half penalty converted by Jason Roberts the only real action, but the second half was exciting. Orient got a goal back through David Mooney, but a quickfire Blackburn double took the hosts back in front, only for Dean Cox to make it interesting late on. Blackburn, however, managed to hold on for a 3-2 win.

Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur went to penalties after what was described as "120 minutes of I-use-the-term-loosely football" by the radio announcer. Eventually, after misses by Jermaine Pennant and one of the worst penalties of all time by Roman Pavlyuchenko, Massimo Luongo missed the sixteenth of the evening to allow Stoke to advance 0-0 (7-6). Turns out it's not just Lionel Messi who can't play on a cold, rainy Tuesday evening at the Britannia - nobody can.

Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United went to extra time as well, but unlike the previous match, this one was a thriller. Newcastle emerged from the first half with a 1-0 lead, but that was soon cancelled out by Robbie Findley. A penalty got the visitors back on track, but six minutes later, Matt Derbyshire equalised for Forest, making it 2-2 and forcing the game to extra time. Danny Simpson gave the visitors another lead in the 93rd minute, but Forest struck back again with a very late equaliser when Marcus Tudgay was left unmarked to head home a cross. Not late enough, though - Fabricio Colocini gave the Magpies the win just as Lee Mason was about to blow for penalties, and Newcastle emerged from the City Ground with a 4-3 win.


Carling Cup 2011, Round 3, Halftime: Manchester United Ahead Of Leeds 3-0, Arsenal Struggling Vs. Shrewsbury

Apparently, Manchester United miss Leeds quite a lot. Sir Alex Ferguson, fresh off a 3-1 win over Chelsea last weekend, has taken a reserve squad to Elland Road and proceeded to stomp all over the Championship side. Of course, when your reserve squad features Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia and Park Ji-Sung, it's hardly worthy of the title. Anyway, Owen's put a brace past poor Andy Lonergan in the Leeds goal, Ryan Giggs has added another with a lovely run and finish, and Valencia has missed a sitter. It's 3-0 at halftime, and Leeds' buoyant start to the game feels like a long time ago.

Arsenal, meanwhile, aren't having quite so easy a time of things against League Two Shrewsbury at the Emirates Stadium, having hilariously gone behind to James Collins' head, and were lucky not to fall further behind seconds later to the same player. The hosts have equalised through Kieran Gibbs, but they're by no means looking like a lock to escape with a win. It's 1-1 in that match.

There are two all-Premier League battles to be had today - Aston Villa vs. Bolton and Tottenham vs. Stoke. Nothing has happened in either of them, so that's exciting. Nil nils all around. Elsewhere, Wolverhampton are hammering Millwall 3-0 through goals by Dave Edwards, Adam Hammill and George Elokobi at the Molineux, and Newcastle United have pulled ahead of Nottingham Forest, with Peter Lovenkrands scoring the only goal of that match.

There are 45 minutes left for someone to pull a surprise. It certainly won't be Leeds. Are Arsenal going to survive today?

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