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Capital One Cup Wrap

Birmingham City (2)4 - 4(3) Stoke City: Stoke booked their place in the cup quarter-finals after beating Birmingham City on penalties following a 4-4 goal feast after 90 minutes played at St Andrews. Oussama Assaidi on-loan from Liverpool gave the visitors a 10th minute lead with a 30 yard screamer which flew into the top corner. Tom Adeyemi then equalised for Birmingham heading towards the half-time break. Wade Elliott was then controversially shown his marching orders in a mass melee for an apparent elbow on Stoke’s goal-scorer. The Potters then made the numerical advantage count grabbing two goals through Peter Crouch and Marko Arnautovic. The home side however did not give up and substitute Peter Lovenkrands popped up with a goal in the 85th minute and then the equaliser in stoppage time to force the match into extra-time. Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones gave the away side the lead four minutes into extra-time only for Oliver Lee to equalise once more for the hosts. After 120 minutes of football penalties had to decide who came out tops and the Potters edged the home side to book their first quarter-final place in the cup since 1972.

Burnley 0 – 2 West Ham United: West Ham had to rely on two second-half penalties to overcome an in-form Burnley and cement their place in the last eight of the Capital Cup. Second-half substitute Kevin Nolan was fouled by Jason Shackell in the area and Matthew Taylor calmly opened the scoring from the penalty-spot. Welsh midfielder Jack Collison then caught Burnley on the break, as the hosts pushed forward in search of an equaliser, and drew a foul out of Keith Treacy giving the Hammers a second penalty. The midfielder then wiped himself off and took the penalty himself securing a quarter-final place for the Londoners.

Leicester City 4 – 3 Fulham: Promotion challenging Leicester City beat Premier League side Fulham in a seven goal thriller to book a quarter-final place in the Capital Cup. The visitors took the lead in the 18th minute through striker Hugo Rodallega before the hosts struck back scoring two goals before the half-time break. Wes Morgan first equalised in the 41st minute before Chris Wood gave the Foxes a deserved lead. The home side then added to their lead in the 53rd minute thanks to Ignasi Miquel header. Rodallega then pulled one back for Fulham after the striker nodded in a Giorgos Karagounis' cross at the far post. Karagounis then equalised with three minutes left on the clock and the game seemed to be heading for a penalty shoot-out, until Lloyd Dyer slid in to convert David Nugent's right-wing cross to grab a late winner for the hosts.

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