Arsenal 2 – Liverpool 1 (Carling Cup, October 28, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Fran Merida (“the new Cesc Fabregas”) opened the scoring with a blistering strike on 19 minutes, it was the Spaniards first ever goal for the Arsenal first team.Â It took Liverpool only seven minutes to reply with an even better long range effort, Emiliano Insua unleashing a left-footed rocket that gave Fabianski no chance. Minutes after the break Nicklas Bendtner put the Gunners into the lead again, finishing well after a long spell of passing.
Chelsea 4 – Bolton 0 (Carling Cup, October 28, 2009) (Longer highlights here, MOTD highlights here.) Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda scored to give Chelsea a comfortable half-time lead before Deco’s strike and a last minute header from Didier Drogba took Ancelotti’s side’s tally to 13 goals from their last three games.
Manchester City 5 – Scunthorpe 1 (Carling Cup, October 28, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Stephen Ireland gave City the lead before Jonathan Forte leveled for the visitors. But City were ahead by halftime through Roque Santa Cruz, and second-half goals from Joleon Lescott, Carlos Tevez and Michael Johnson sealed their passage.
Blackburn 5 – Peterborough 2 (Carling Cup, October 27, 2009)Â Morten Gamst Pedersen curled home a magnificent free-kick on four minutes, only for Chris Whelpdale to nod in an equaliser 13 minutes later following good work from Tommy Rowe. Posh were then reduced to ten men when keeper Joe Lewis was sent off for bringing down Pedersen and Steven Reid converted the resulting penalty. Blackburn were pegged back to 2-2 as George Boyd fired in a terrific effort on 50 minutes, but Michel Salgado restored their lead with his first goal for the club seven minutes later. Benni McCarthy then gave Rovers a two-goal cushion after 72 minutes and Nikola Kalinic scored from the penalty spot.
Sunderland 0 – Aston Villa 0* (Pens. 1-3) (Carling Cup, October 27, 2009) The Black Cats had the opportunity to win it in normal time when Carlos Cuellar was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area, but Kenwyne Jones’ weak penalty was kept out by Brad Guzan. Guzan then saved three more spot-kicks in the shoot-out to spark Villa celebrations and condemn Sunderland to the narrowest of defeats.
Portsmouth 4 – Stoke 0 (Carling Cup, October 27, 2009) Frederic Piquionne broke the deadlock with a header from Nadir Belhadj’s left-wing cross on 17 minutes and the French striker then turned provider for Danny Webber to score early in the second half. Piquionne grabbed his second of the evening just before the hour mark and Kanu got in on the act with nine minutes remaining.