Both Manchester sides and Liverpool have made their way into the quarterfinals of Carabao Cup.
The fourth-round of the cup competition produced some interesting encounters, but none came close the pulsating encounter between Liverpool and Arsenal.The Reds looked set to exit from the tournament, before Divock Origi scored in the injury-time to level the score at 5-5. Both sides scored some memorable goals in the game at Anfield. The hosts prevailed 5-4 on penalties to move into the next round.
Manchester United also had to work hard to register a 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Marcus Rashford was the hero for the Red Devils as scored a brace in the game. His first from the penalty spot opened the scoring in the game, and his second, a stunning free kick, proved to be the winner. In between the two strikes, Michy Batshuayi bagged the Chelsea’s solitary goal.
In another all-Premier League tie on Wednesday, Aston Villa claimed a 2-1 win over their Midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wolves. Anwar El Ghazi and Ahmed Elmohamady were on target for the Villains, and Patrick Cutrone bagged one for Wolves.
Current champions Manchester City had little trouble in qualifying for the last-eight as they comfortably dispatched Southampton 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Pep Guardiola played a fairly strong side with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silvo featuring in the starting eleven. Centre-back Nicolas Otamendi opened the scoring for City, and Aguero grabbed a brace. Jack Stephens scored a consolation goal for the Saints in the second half.
Everton registered a 2-0 win over Watford in another all-Premier League fixture. The win was vital Toffees manager Marco Silva, who is under tremendous pressure in his position. The Merseyside club won courtesy of second-half goals from Mason Holgate and Richarlison.
Leicester City will also be playing in the last-eight of the competition. The Foxes didn’t have to break sweat in claiming a 3-1 away win at League One side Burton Albion. Leicester scored an early goal via Kelechi Iheanacho, and soon doubled their lead through Youri Tielemans. Liam Boyce got one back for the hosts soon after the break, and the Foxes had to endure some nervy moments in the second half. However, James Maddison ensured the win last in the game.
Only two of the eight spots were claimed by non-Premier League sides – Colchester United and Oxford United.
Colchester defeated fellow League Two side Crawley Town 3-1 to book a place in the last-eight only for the second time in their history.
Oxford United needed penalties to get past their League One rivals Sunderland. Oxford have won this competition in 1986.