Chelsea topple United in thriller
Chelsea sensationally avenged their bitter Barclays Premier League defeat to Manchester United as they won an nine-goal Capital One Cup thriller 5-4 at Stamford Bridge.
United looked set to pile on the misery for the European champions with a 3-2 fourth-round victory, with goals from Ryan Giggs, Javier Hernandez and Nani, while David Luiz and Gary Cahill had scored for Chelsea.
But Eden Hazard scored a penalty with the last kick of normal time before Daniel Sturridge and Ramires completed an amazing comeback just 24 hours after Arsenal's astonishing 7-5 win at Reading. Giggs also scored an extra-time consolation from the spot for United.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo resisted the temptation to rest the two players at the centre of the current storm, John Obi Mikel and Juan Mata among only six survivors in both starting line-ups from Sunday's acrimonious clash.
After an even start to the game, Chelsea fell behind for the fourth straight game midway through the half. Alexander Buttner's free-kick flew wide and Petr Cech inexplicably chose to play a short goalkick to Oriol Romeu, who was facing his own goal and completely unaware Anderson was perfectly placed to rob him and feed Giggs to sidefoot home.
Lee Mason had already upset the home fans by booking Romeu and when Mikel was deservedly shown yellow, it prompted chants of "You're worse than Clattenburg" from the home supporters. But they were cheering the referee's decision on the half-hour mark when Buttner clumsily brought down Moses in the box and Luiz crashed home the penalty.
But later on Luiz's surge forward backfired spectacularly, with Anderson feeding Hernandez, who held off two men before curling beyond Cech. Chelsea equalised again in the 53rd minute as Cahill powered a header goalward from Mata's corner and although Rafael nodded clear, he did so from behind the goalline.
Chelsea sent on Hazard for Lucas Piazon in search of victory but fell behind again just before the hour mark. United ruthlessly exploited the time and space they were given on the edge of the box before Nani played a one-two with Anderson and brilliantly clipped the ball over Cech.
United looked certain to see out the win before a suicidal mistake from Scott Wootton, who bundled Ramires over in the box in the fourth minute of stoppage-time. This time, Hazard took the penalty, sending the ball straight down the middle with the final kick of the 90 minutes.
United tried to regroup in extra-time but Wootton's confidence was shot and he produced an even more horrific mistake in the seventh minute, nodding a long ball straight to Sturridge, who rounded Lindegaard to score. Moses should have killed the game when put clear by Sturridge but Ramires finally did after unselfish work by Hazard. That was fortunate as Azpilicueta knocked over Hernandez in the final minute and Giggs made it 5-4 from the spot.