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Capital One Cup round-up: Newcastle dump out holders Manchester City

first_img Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko celebrates against Manchester City 1 Newcastle United conjured up an incredible shock as they dumped out Capital One Cup holders Manchester City with an impressive 2-0 win at the Etihad.Few would have given the Toon Army much of a chance, particularly as Alan Pardew continued to show his disregard for cup competitions by naming a second string XI.But the young charges repaid their manager’s faith handsomely with a blistering start that brought an early award as 18 year old Rolando Aarons put the visitors in front after just six minutes.The Magpies’ harrying was causing City problems and after Fernandinho poorly relinquished possession, Aarons seized on the ball and sent a fabulous strike through Willy Caballero’s legs.Newcastle had to put in a hell of a shift in defence to repel a strong Blues side and when the Toon’s backline was breached, reserve goalkeeper Rob Elliot came to his side’s rescue, denying Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure with fine saves.Pardew’s side were producing well on the counter-attack though, and Paul Dummett went desperately close to doubling the visitors’ tally with an excellent volley that Caballero turned away, while on the stroke of half-time it took a last ditch Martin Demichelis block to stop Adam Armstrong scoring.City looked bereft of ideas in attack and were left breathing a huge sigh of relief when referee Stuart Atwell failed to award a clear penalty after Gabriel Obertan was hacked down Aleksandar Kolarov when clean through on goal.Fortunately the controversy would have no bearing on the result as substitute Moussa Sissoko netted the decisive goal on 75 minutes, bursting through the Blues’ feeble defence and firing home to send the travelling supporters delirious.And Manchester City simply had no answer to Newcastle’s performance as the visitors held on for a famous victory against Manuel Pellegrini’s struggling side.Elsewhere, Graziano Pelle’s last gasp strike sent Southampton into the quarter-finals as they beat a ten-man Stoke 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium.The Saints appeared to be cruising with just 20 minutes gone after the Italian scored an early stunner to put Ronald Koeman’s side ahead and then Shane Long doubled their tally.But fresh from a Mark Hughes rollicking, Stoke emerged early from the half-time break and worked their way back into the game as Steven N’Zonzi clawed a goal back.In a game of two halves, the Potters continued to lay siege to Southampton’s goal and finally got their reward when Mame Biram Diouf stooped to head home from a fourth successive corner.However, there remained some late drama as Stoke substitute Peter Crouch’s appearance off the bench lasted just 14 minutes as the ex-England forward foolishly picked up two yellow cards.From the resulting free-kick Pelle took full advantage as the striker made it ten goals in 11 appearances, firing the ball home to send Stoke packing.Finally, Tottenham made it into the last-eight as they ended Brighton’s cup dream with a comprehensive 2-0 win at White Hart Lane.Spurs fans had to wait for almost an hour before they opened the scoring, but it was richly deserved when it came as Erik Lamela polished off a well worked move that involved Roberto Soldado.Championship outfit Brighton acquitted themselves well, but with 16 minutes remaining the game was up as Harry Kane continued to push his claims for a Premier League starting role by tapping home the easiest of goals.last_img read more

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