Liverpool, Manchester United & Tottenham dumped out of League Cup [Capital One Cup]

Capital One Cup holders Liverpool are out of this year’s competition after they went down 3-1 to Swansea at Anfield while there were also wins for Chelsea and Norwich.

After growing into the game gradually, Swansea took the lead on 34 minutes when Chico jumped highest of all to head home Jonathan de Guzman’s corner. Michael Laudrup’s men doubled their lead after 72 minutes when they countered quickly before a ball to the back post was bundled in by Nathan Dyer.

However, the hosts hit back four minutes later as substitute Luis Suarez nodded home Steven Gerrard’s free kick but it was to prove to be a consolation goal as the Swans restored their two-goal lead in injury time – de Guzman tapping home Michu’s cross.

Meanwhile, Chelsea made home advantage count but they needed extra-time to get the better of fierce rivals Manchester United at Stamford Bridge – 5-3 the final scoreline after 120 minutes of end-to-end football.

The evergreen Ryan Giggs opened the scoring after 22 minutes when he profited from Oriol Romeu’s sloppy play at the back but the hosts were soon level thanks to a David Luiz penalty.

Luiz then turned from hero to villain as he was dispossessed in midfield, United countered and Javier Hernandez slotted past Petr Cech to put the visitors 2-1 up at the break.

Gary Cahill’s powerful header levelled things up seven minutes into the second-half but seven minutes later Nani put the Red Devils 3-2 up with a deft chip over Cech.

Drama ensued four minutes into injury time when Eden Hazard showed nerves of steel to pass his penalty attempt down the middle of the goal after Scott Wootton who bundles over Ramires in the box.

Three further goals followed in extra-time – Daniel Sturridge moved the Blues 4-3 ahead on 97 minutes and Ramires wrapped things up after 116 minutes thanks to Juan Mata’s sublime blind pass.

Giggs netted a penalty for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side at the death but it was the Londoners that ran out winners on another night of high drama.

Finally, at Carrow Road, the hosts came from a goal down to beat Tottenham thanks to an own goal from Jan Vertonghen – a powerful Alex Tettey strike took a deflection off the Belgium international – with the second goal coming just three minutes later when substitute Simeon Jackson bundled home a rebound from Grant Holt’s header.

Gareth Bale had given the London outfit the lead after 66 minutes when the Wales international cuts inside from the left before smashing a shot past Mark Bunn in the home goal.