Capital One Cup Wednesday Wrap-Up
Nine English Premier League teams were in action Wednesday night as the Capital One Cup concluded third-round action across the country.
Arsenal and Tottenham eased to wins over lower-league opposition, and both teams had new faces scoring for the first time.
Manchester United edged an all-Premiership encounter, while Liverpool exacted revenge for an early-season loss.
Read on for details.
Rooney Returns and Cleverley Scores 1st Goal as Manchester United Beat Newcastle
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Wayne Rooney returned to the starting lineup, as Manchester United defeated Newcastle, 2-1, at Old Trafford.
Rooney had been out of action since suffering a gash to his right leg in United's victory over Fulham on Aug. 25. The 26-year-old forward did not score and was substituted out for Nick Powell in the 76th minute.
Anderson opened the scoring for United in the 44th minute, cutting across the field from the right and powering a shot off the near post and into Newcastle's net.
Tom Cleverley, who had missed a clear chance in the first half, made it 2-0 in the 58th minute. It was his first goal for the club.
Papiss Cisse pulled one back for Newcastle with a header in the 62nd minute, just one minute after entering the match. He had a chance for a late equalizer, but his overhead kick bounced off the bar.
Olivier Giroud Scores First Goal, Arsenal Crush Coventry
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Olivier Giroud scored his first Arsenal goal in the first half before the Gunners ran riot in the second half of a 6-1 home victory over League One side Coventry City.
Giroud, signed from Montpellier over the summer, broke the deadlock with a chip over Coventry keeper Joe Murphy in the 39th minute. But Giroud's big night soured somewhat when his second-half penalty was saved.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made it two 11 minutes into the second half with an impressive strike. Goals from Andrei Arshavin and Theo Walcott made it 4-0 before Callum Ball pulled one back for Coventry in the 78th minute.
Ignasi Miquel and Walcott scored late goals to complete the rout.
Norwich Edge Doncaster
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Alexander Tettey scored the only goal, as Norwich saw off League One side Doncaster Rovers on an emotional night at Carrow Road.
A moment of silence was observed before the match in memory of John Bond, who died Wednesday. Bond managed Norwich from 1973 to 1980.
Tettey, a Ghana-born Norwegian midfielder who was signed from Rennes in August, scored the winner in the 26th minute with a curling shot that bounced in off the far post.
Doncaster nearly equalized in the 88th minute, but David Syers was unable to make solid contact with full-back James Husband's cross from the left.
With the victory, Norwich reached the last 16 of the competition for the first time since the 1995-96 season.
Vertonghen, Sigurdsson Open Accounts as Spurs Stroll
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Jan Vertonghen, Andros Townsend and Gylfi Sigurdsson scored, as visiting Tottenham eased past League One side Carlisle United at Brunton Park.
Vertonghen put Spurs ahead in the 37th minute with a header from Sigurdsson's set piece. It was his first goal since joining the club from Ajax over the summer.
Townsend made it two with a solo strike in the 53rd minute before Sigurdsson wrapped up the win—and scored his first goal with the club as well—with a late header.
First-year Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas opted for Carlo Cudicini in goal. French keeper Hugo Lloris, who signed from Lyon at the transfer deadline, was left out again.
Reading Pull off Comeback, Stun QPR
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Reading twice came from behind to beat Queens Park Rangers, 3-2, at Loftus Road behind Pavel Pogrebnyak's late winner.
David Hoilett put QPR ahead in the 14th minute before Kaspars Gorkss leveled two minutes later. Djibril Cisse gave the hosts a second lead in the 71st minute, but Nicky Shorey's 76th-minute free kick set up a dramatic conclusion.
Pogrebnyak, who signed from Fulham over the summer, scored the winner with a cheeky back-heel in the 81st minute. He then missed a penalty in the third minute of stoppage time.
Sahin Scores Twice, Reds Get Revenge
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Nuri Sahin scored twice, including the late winner, as Liverpool came from behind to beat West Brom, 2-1, at the Hawthorns.
Liverpool lost, 3-0, at West Brom in both teams' first Premier League match of the season, and the Baggies appeared headed for another victory when Gabriel Tamas scored after Liverpool keeper Brad Jones' error.
Sahin equalized for Liverpool in the 17th minute, and poor goalkeeping again played a role. West Brom keeper Ben Foster let Sahin's 30-yard drive go under his body and into the net.
The score remained the same until the 82nd minute, when Sahin turned in Oussama Assaidi's cross at the far post.