Posted by Nelson Dafe, with foreign media reports | 28 October 2015 | 3,761 times
A neat penalty by Super Eagles striker Osazee Odemwingie helped see ten-man Stoke City book a place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup in England as they beat embattled Chelsea 5-4 on penalty shootout.
Stoke, playing at home at their ever raucous Britania Stadium, raced into a second half lead through Jonathan Walters, who rifled a fierce shot in the 52nd minute to leave Jose Mourinho and his lads feeling hit by catastrophe.
Up until that point, Chelsea had looked lively and missed several chances, mostly due to the impressive form of Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.
However, in the second minute of extra time, Chelsea got a deserved equaliser through substitute Logic Remy, who profited from a loose ball off a Chelsea corner kick to slam the ball into the net.
Stoke were reduced to ten men just before the final whistle when right back Phil Bardsley was dismissed after his second bookable offence.
Stoke held on in 30 minutes of extra time and scored their five kicks in the resultant shootout. Chelsea’s best player on the night Eden Hazard however was unlucky as his kick was saved by But land to send Stoke players into ecstasy.
Elsewhere, Austin Jay Jay Okocha’s nephew Alex Iwobi was handed his first competitive start for Arsenal but saw his team embarrassed 3-0 away by Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.
Though Iwobi posted a promising individual performance, it was not enough to salvage the night for a largely second string Arsenal team that nonetheless paraded nine internationals.
After holding Arsenal for almost half an hour, the home side deservedly took the lead on 28 minutes when Wallace struck a stunning goal past Petr Cech.
Having won the ball in midfield, Barry Bannan threaded a left-foot pass for full-back Daniel
Pudil, whose pull-back found Wallace just inside the penalty area.
It was the perfect delivery and Wallace gave it the finish it deserved by stroking a left-foot effort beyond Cech from 18 yards.
Buoyed by the goal, and the raucous backing of a virtually full Hillsborough, Wednesday immediately chased a second.
Wallace sent a 25-yard free-kick narrowly wide and Cech saved well from Jeremy Helan before
Joao doubled the home side’s lead on 39 minutes.
Once again, Wallace was involved, with the Scot picking out Joao with a floated cross from the left which was headed home from 10 yards by the Portuguese forward.
Two down and having already lost two players to injury, Arsenal were now facing a true test of their resolve, but it was hardly an irretrievable situation.
Yet the urgency which should have been a must from Wenger’s players never materialised.
Every loose ball was won by a blue-and-white striped shirt, but the next goal would be crucial to
An Arsenal strike would heap immense pressure on the home side, while a third for Wednesday would push Wenger’s players over the edge.
Unsurprisingly, it was Arsenal who conceded and, once again, their failure to defend a cross from the left proved their downfall.
Bannan, who had boldly attempted to beat Cech from 45 yards two minutes into the second-half,
was the instigator for the goal, with his free-kick from the left picking out Tom Lees at the far
In what appeared a well-executed training ground move, Lees then diverted the ball back across
goal for Hutchinson to bundle the ball into the net from close range.
The Kop erupted and Hillsborough sensed a famous victory, but Wednesday kept their foot on the pedal, with Joao inches wide from making it 4-0 with a header from another Bannan cross.
By the time Mertesacker forced a reflex save from Joe Wildsmith with a far-post header on 70 minutes, the game was up for Arsenal.
Wenger’s team were hopeless and complacent and Wednesday gave them everything they deserved.
•Photo shows Osaze Odemwingie who netted a penalty against Chelsea Tuesday night.
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