The Capital One Cup has produced some quality football over the last 18 months, with huge upsets occurring late on and some wonderful winning goals. In fact, the League Cup has always thrown up some stunners, so with that in mind, here’s a look back at the top 10 goals from the Semi-Final stage of this competition.
Nigel De Jong – Liverpool 2-2 Man City 2011/12
Nigel De Jong’s goal gave Man City the lead away at Anfield, with the Dutch international scoring a long range curling effort past the outstretched Pepe Reina. The goal levelled the score on aggregate and opened up an exciting encounter between the two Northern clubs.
Craig Gardner – Birmingham 3-1 West Ham 2010/11
Birmingham were trailing 2-1 after losing in the first leg, and after going a goal down in the return leg at home, they fought back to level the score, with Craig Gardner scoring the winner in extra time.
Carl Mchugh – Bradford 3-1 Aston Villa 2012/13
Bradford were the surprise package in the Capital One Cup last season and Carl Mchugh’s header gave Bradford a vital 3-1 lead which saw them go into the away fixture at Villa Park with a real chance of reaching the Final. This goal was vital to Bradford nearly going all the way in the Capital One Cup that year.
Robbie Blake – Burnley 3-2 Tottenham 2008/09
Burnley went into the fixture having lost 4-1 at White Hart Lane and many fans could see another heavy defeat coming their way. Robbie Blake’s tremendous free-kick opened the scoring that night and staged a late comeback, giving the Clarets fans hope of reaching the Final.
Nicklas Bendtner – Arsenal 3-0 Ipswich 2010/11
The first touch and brilliantly executed finish from Nicklas Bendtner opened the scoring in this 3-0 win over Ipswich and made it into the top 10 purely for the technique shown by the Danish forward.
Lee Bowyer – Birmingham 3-1 West Ham 2010/11
This powerful strike from Birmingham City’s Lee Bowyer sparked the superb comeback, which saw them reach the Final and go on to beat Arsenal and lift the trophy.
Danny Graham – Chelsea 0-2 Swansea 2012/13
The second goal away at Stanford Bridge snuck into the top 10, as Swansea went on to lift the trophy, after producing a magical display against Chelsea in the Semi-Finals and standing strong in the return leg.
Wayne Rooney – Manchester United 3-1 Manchester City 2009/10
This 90th minute winner from Wayne Rooney saw United progress to the Final having conceded a late aggregate equaliser from former Red Devils striker Carlos Tevez. This goal would have meant a lot to United fans as they knocked out their fierce rivals and progressed to the Final.
Martin Olsson – Aston Villa 6-4 Blackburn 2009/10
One of the greatest games the League Cup has ever seen, Aston Villa progressed after a 6-4 win against Blackburn to reach the Final against Manchester United. Martin Olsson’s goal was the pick of the bunch, with an acrobatic finish to give Aston Villa their sixth of the game.
Cesc Fabregas – Arsenal 3-0 Ipswich 2010/11
The former Arsenal midfielder completes this goal fest with a delightful, delicate chip over Martin Fulop to put the icing on the goalscoring cake.
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