In the English League Cup Round of 16 Chelsea conceded a second-half equalizer to second division Burnley, and then lost the game on penalty kicks.
Liverpool lost its second game of the season, and for the second time it was at White Hart Lane. Didier Drogba
scored his first goal for
Chelsea since the semifinal of the Champions League last April in a lineup that showed six changes from the weekend win at Blackburn. But Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe
was made to pay for all the reshuffling when Ade Akinbiyi
leveled the scores with 20 minutes left. After overtime it was Burnley, buoyed by 6,000
traveling fans, that took the game on penalty kicks, 5-4.
Burnley manager Owen Coyle
said it was "important we came to be positive,"
regardless of the result. "We came in and gave it our best shot. I'm absolutely delighted." He said his team hadn't practiced spot kicks because, "Who thought we were going
to get to penalty kicks?" Scolari said Burnley played "very well. We lost many chances in the game. They had more quality in the penalties than us."
Liverpool was hit
by a rash of three goals in seven minutes just before halftime at Tottenham thanks to strikes from Roman Pavlyuchenko
and a double from Fraizer Campbell
, on loan from Manchester United. Although Liverpool scored twice after the interval when Damien Plessis
took advantage of yet more poor goalkeeping from Brazilian Heurelho Gomes
(who was later stretchered off),
another goal from Pavlyuchenko in between saw Tottenham safely into Saturday's quarterfinal draw.
"That's 18 goals we've scored in my five matches in charge --
we're bringing in Les Ferdinand
as a striking coach and I've told him if we stop scoring it's his fault!" quipped the still undefeated
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp
. "In all seriousness, though, I've been so pleased with the players. They have tremendous quality and want to win
every game -- the desire is brilliant." His Liverpool counterpart Rafael Benitez
was frank about his team's shortcomings: "We did not play well,
we did not defend well, and we did not deserve anything from the game."
In the round's other game Wednesday, Sunderland fell 2-1 at home to Blackburn Rovers. Blackburn
substitute Roque Santa Cruz
headed his team into the lead, and five minutes later a Phil Bardsley
own goal put Rovers
2-0 ahead. A long-range Kenwyne Jone
s goal 20 minutes from time wasn't enough for Sunderland, whose manager Roy Keane
noted "there has not been much between the teams in our recent games, but we're on the losing end, so we'll have to sort that out. It's like groundhog day -- the same
scenario, the same post-match interview. It's getting frustrating." Blackburn manager Paul Ince
said his team "hadn't won for a few games so
it is important to get a win under our belts. We will enjoy it but you don't get three points, and the most important thing for me is Saturday." When Premier League action resumes. Never
mind winning trophies, safety from relegation is what counts most.
League Cup quarterfinalists: Burnley, Blackburn, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Stoke City, Watford, Manchester
United, Derby County.