Tottenham 4 – Liverpool 2 (League Cup, November 12, 2008) After a quiet opening, Tottenham dominated themselves on proceedings when Frazier Campbell broke down the left and his cross was clinically dispatched by Roman Pavlyuchenko. Horrible defending then allowed Spurs to double their lead, Cavalieri’s indecision was exploited by Fazier Campbell who rolled in the second. And just three minutes later, on the stroke of halftime, Campbell made it 3-nil with a header from Lennon’s cross. Liverpool pulled a goal back straight after the restart as Gomes lost his bearings from Babel’s cross and Damien Plessis headed home. But Spurs restored their three goal buffer when Zokora’s run and cross was turned home by Pavlyuchenko. Gomes was then at fault again from another Babel corner, the keeper left grabbing at thin air while Sami Hyypia pulled another goal back. Gomes was then stretchered off the pitch needing oxygen after a nasty collision with Philipp Degen. The Reds pressed but failed to add any more goals, leaving the defending champions to progress and record their second victory over Liverpool in recent weeks. (Post-match analysis here.)
Chelsea 1 – Burnley 1* (Pens. 4-5) (League Cup, November 12, 2008) Didier Drogba gave Chelsea a first half lead with a brilliant solo effort – his first goal of the season – but Ade Akinbiyi levelled after the break. The Clarets had Steven Caldwell sent off near the end of extra time but held their nerve to win on penalties when John Obi Mikel’s penalty was saved.
Sunderland 1 – Blackburn 2 (League Cup, November 12, 2008) Roque Santa Cruz headed Rovers in front with 65 minutes gone before Phil Bardsley put through his own goal five minutes later. Kenwyne Jones gave the home side hope with his first goal of the season seconds later, but the Mackems failed to find an equaliser to fall to their fourth straight defeat.
Leicester 1 – Yeovil 0 (League One, November 11, 2008) Midway through the first half Lloyd Dyer finished a good Leicester move to score the only goal of the match.