The fourth round of the 2011/12 Carling Cup has now been settled with all four matches tonight featuring Premier League teams.
The Reds fell behind just before half-time when young defender Sebastian Coates made a costly error with Kenwyne Jones putting the Potters ahead before a sublime Suarez curler ten minutes into the second half got the visitors back on level terms before the Stoke defence went to sleep late to allow the Uruguayan into a goalscoring position where he headed home Jordan Henderson’s volleyed cross with four minutes of regular time remaining.
In the West Midlands, Wolves started brightly with Nenad Milijas giving them the lead in the 18th minute at the Molineux but Man City soon put themselves into a similar gear as they were in on Sunday in the Manchester derby with Edin Dzeko again scoring twice along with Adam Johnson, Samir Nasri and an own-goal from Dorus de Vries contributing to Roberto Mancini’s charges scoresheet.
There was drama in each of the other two matches as Blackburn Rovers scored a morale-boosting 4-3 victory over the previously undefeated Newcastle United in a thrilling finish which required extra-time.
An early goal from Ruben Rochina and a penalty just after the hour-mark from Yakubu gave the struggling Rovers a healthy 2-0 lead over the Magpies before late intervention in the form of a 30-yard Danny Guthrie effort and then a similar shot from Yohan Cabaye leveled the scored at 2-2 to take the fixture to overtime.
Morten Gamst Pedersen again gave Blackburn the lead early in added time before Peter Lovenkrands scored from the penalty spot in the 105th minute to make it 3-3 but the home side had the last laugh with Gael Givet finding the back of the net in the final minute of the match to send Rovers through to the quarters.
Both sides had players sent off – Chelsea keeper Ross Turnbull in the 58th minute and Everton winger Royston Drenthe in the 117th – as the Blues hit the lead through Salomon Kalou in the 38th minute. His goal was canceled out with seven minutes remaining when Louis Saha got on the scoresheet for the Toffees but it took a goal from Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge deep into the second half of added time to settle the tie.
The draw for the quarter-finals will take place on Saturday, October 29 and the quarter-finals will take place in the week commencing November 28.
2011/12 Carling Cup scores – fourth round
Blackburn Rovers (PREM): 4 (Ruben Rochina 5’, Yakubu Aiyegbeni (p) 64’, Morten Gamst Pedersen 99’, Gael Givet 120’)
Newcastle United (PREM): 3 (Danny Guthrie 90’, Yohan Cabaye 90+6’, Peter Lovenkrands (p) 105’)
Ewood Park, Blackburn