Eden Hazard was denied from the penalty spot by Jack Butland on Chelsea’s final spot kick and Stoke City went through on penalties, 5-4, to cap an exciting day of Capital One Cup action.
It was the latest in a series of disappointments for both Hazard and Chelsea, who failed to break a 1-1 deadlock despite playing the 30 minutes of extra time with a man advantage.
In fact, were it not for a Loic Remy goal in stoppage time, Chelsea would have been bounced from the competition in regulation.
If the result was bad enough, Diego Costa was forced out of the match with an injury. A long term absence from the Spanish striker is the last thing an under-fire Jose Mourinho needs.
Everton 1, Norwich 1 (Everton advanced 4-3 on penalties)
Nathan Redmond missed Norwich’s final kick from the spot as Everton advanced to the quarterfinals, 4-3, on penalty kicks.
Sebastian Bassong opened the scoring for Norwich in the 51st minute, but the Toffees drew level in the 68th minute on Leon Osman’s goal.
Hull City 1, Leicester City 1 (Hull City advanced 5-4 on penalties)
A scoreless 90 minutes was followed by a pair of goal in extra time before the Tigers found a way through on penalties.
Riyad Mahrez put Leicester City in front in the 100th minute, but the Tigers equalized on a close call on the goal line when Abel Hernandez put home a rebound off the gloves off Mark Schwarzer.
However, after it was 0-0 throughout the 90 minutes there were two goals in extra-time as Riyad Mahrez continued his fine form to break the deadlock, before Hernandez pounced as Schwarzer pushed a shot into his path to slot home.
Despite his goal, Mahrez was the only player to miss from the spot. Hull’s David Meyler converted the winner.
Sheffield Wednesday 3, Arsenal 0
Arsenal crashed out of the Capital One Cup with a stunning loss to the Owls.
Adding insult to injury for the Gunners was the fact that Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both picked up injuries in the match.
Ross Wallace, Lucas Joao and Sam Hutchinson provided the goals for Sheffield Wednesday, who was never seriously threatened by Arsenal.
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