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EFL CUP WRAP: Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool through as Norwich upset Everton

Eight third round fixtures of the 2016/17 EFL Cup took place on Tuesday night.

Of the six Premier League teams in action, only three progressed to the fourth round after a couple of upsets and a brilliant comeback.

At the City Ground, Arsenal controlled proceedings to beat Nottingham Forest 4-0 courtesy of a long range Granit Xhaka strike, a double from fellow summer signing Lucas Perez and late goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Liverpool had a similar amount of ease at iPro Stadium in disposing of Derby County 3-0 courtesy of goals from Ragnar Klavan, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi while Merseyside rivals Everton were dumped from the tournament by Championship side Norwich City.

Former Toffees striker Steven Naismith contributed to the defeat with a first-half goal before Josh Murphy sealed the deal for the Canaries.

At the King Power Stadium, Premier League champions Leicester City skipped away to a two-goal lead against Chelsea thanks to Shinji Okazaki but Antonio Conte's Blues fought back to win 4-2 after Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta forced the game into extra-time.

Cesc Fabregas stepped up with two goals in quick succession to hand the visitors a 4-2 result.

Elsewhere, Preston North End shocked AFC Bournemouth 3-2 after extra-time with Palermo loanee Simon Makienok firing home a match-winning hat-trick.

Reading overcame a first-half red card to Tyler Blackett to beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 at the Amex Stadium, Newcastle United exacted revenge over Wolverhampton Wanderers with a 2-0 win and Leeds United required a late winner from Chris Wood to get past Blackburn Rovers 1-0.

The remaining third round fixtures take place on Wednesday night.

2016/17 EFL Cup - third round

Nottingham Forest (CHA): 0
Arsenal (PREM): 4 (Granit Xhaka 23', Lucas Perez (PEN) 60'/71'/ Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 90+3')
The City Ground, Nottingham - 28,567

Derby County (CHA): 0
Liverpool (PREM): 3 (Ragnar Klavan 24', Philippe Coutinho 50', Divock Origi 54')
iPro Stadium, Derby - 26,245

Leicester City (PREM): 2 (Shinji Okazaki 17'/34', red card: Marcin Wasilewski 89')
Chelsea (PREM): 4* (Gary Cahill 45+2', Cesar Azpilicueta 49', Cesc Fabregas 92'/94')
*Chelsea win after extra-time
King Power Stadium, Leicester - 29,899

Leeds United (CHA): 1
(Chris Wood 85')
Blackburn Rovers (CHA): 0
Elland Road, Leeds - 8,488

AFC Bournemouth (PREM): 2 (Lewis Grabban (PEN) 53', Dan Gosling 76')
Preston North End (CHA): 3* (Simon Makienok 10'/85'/111')
*Preston win after extra-time
Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth - 7,595

Brighton & Hove Albion (CHA): 1 (Tomer Hemed 85')
Reading (CHA): 2 (Stephen Quinn 32', John Swift 54', red card: Tyler Blackett 42')
Amex Stadium, Brighton - 6,235

Everton (PREM): 0
Norwich City (CHA): 2 (Steven Naismith 41', Josh Murphy 74')
Goodson Park, Liverpool - 29,550

Newcastle United (CHA): 2
(Matt Ritchie 29', Yoan Gouffran 31')
Wolverhampton Wanderers (CHA): 0
St James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne - 34,735

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