Chelsea and Liverpool advance to Capital One quarter-finals via 2-1 wins

Chelsea and Liverpool advanced to the quarterfinals of the Capital One Cup via 2-1 wins over Shrewsbury Town and Swansea City respectively.

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The Blues went into the lead through Didier Drogba early in the second half, but substitute Andy Magnan gave Shrewsbury a lifeline to cause an upset in the 77th minute.

 

With the home fans roaring wild, the League Two club weren’t able to compose themselves as only three minutes later some fancy footwork from Willian and the subsequent cross hit Jermaine Grandison’s head into his own net.

And after the game Chelsea boss Mourinho admitted he was quite worried of not getting a result. “I was worried yeah, I tried to win the game in the last 10 minutes,” he said.

“I didn’t want to go to extra time. “It was difficult conditions, difficult weather but I am happy with my players’ approach.”

Meanwhile Mario Balotelli came off the bench to inspire Liverpool to come back from a goal down against Swansea. Martin Emnes put the Swans into the lead with a fine volley in the 66th minute, and were close to inflicting another defeat to the off-form Merseyside club until Fabio Borini crossed a ball that Balotelli turned home in the 85th minute.  

And deep into injury time Dejan Lovren was unmarked on the far post to score the winner to the delight of the Anfield faithful.

Balotelli, who has been under a lot of media criticism of late, tweeted “Finally” to express hit delight.

 


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