Tottenham Hotspur edged Hull City 8-7 in a tense penalty shoot-out to reach the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday, while Manchester City overcame Newcastle United after extra time.
Hull had lost 1-0 to Spurs in the English Premier League on Sunday and they came within a whisker of exacting swift revenge on their return to White Hart Lane.
Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson was one of the players brought into the Spurs team and he made a stunning impact in the 16th minute, flummoxing his marker with a neat drag-back and then arrowing a sumptuous shot home from 25 yards.
Second-choice Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel made a less favourable impression, however, gifting Hull an equaliser with an own goal in the 53rd minute.
Hull struck first in extra time, with Paul McShane heading home, but 20-year-old midfielder Harry Kane drilled home a 108th-minute equaliser to make it 2-2 and send the game to penalties.
Aaron McLean missed for Hull before Spurs’ record signing Erik Lamela fluffed his lines for the hosts, but Friedel had the final say, saving with his legs from Ahmed Elmohamady to secure a nail-biting win.
Spurs’ reward was a home tie with West Ham United, while Manchester City will travel to second-tier Leicester City after Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko struck in extra time in a 2-0 win at Newcastle.
City made 10 changes to the team beaten 2-1 at Chelsea on Sunday, with Javi Garcia the only player to keep his place, while Newcastle manager Alan Pardew brought five new players into his starting XI.
There was an early blow for the visitors when Montenegrin forward Stevan Jovetic had to go off in the 10th minute following a challenge by Mike Williamson, with Negredo coming on in his place.
Newcastle enjoyed the best of the first half, but Shola Ameobi was thwarted by City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon and had a goal ruled out for offside, while Vurnon Anita volleyed just wide.
City upped the tempo after the interval, Negredo breaking the deadlock in the ninth minute of extra time and Dzeko rubberstamping City’s place in the last eight for the fourth time in seven years.
“We played a very good game and deserved to win,” said City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
The draw for the quarter-finals also handed Manchester United an away game at Stoke City.
Chelsea will visit the victors of the one remaining fourth-round tie between Sunderland and Southampton, which is due to be played next Wednesday.