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Capital One Cup Round 5 review

17 December 2014

We take a look at the action in Round 5 of the 2014/15 Capital One Cup.

Chelsea advanced to the Semi-Finals of the Capital One Cup with a 3-1 victory against Derby County at the iPro Stadium.

The Blues took the lead midway through the first half when Eden Hazard beat a couple of defenders and finished low beyond Derby stopper Lee Grant.

That was Hazard's third goal in last four appearances in all competitions but Chelsea's next goalscorer was on target for the first time in his Blues career, and that man was Filipe Luis.

The Brazilian put the ball down for a free-kick in the 55th minute and bent it over the wall to perfection, and seemingly put Jose Mourinho's men in command. They controlled possession for a prolonged spell but Craig Bryson pulled one back for the Rams with 20 minutes to play, stroking home from the edge of the area.

It was set for a grandstand finish but Derby defender Jake Buxton was dismissed for pulling Loic Remy back as he attempted to go through on goal, before Andre Schurrle wrapped up the victory, and a place in the last four, from close range after Grant had initially denied Remy.

Joining them in the hat for the next round is Sky Bet League 1's Sheffield United, who caused an upset by seeing off Premier League Southampton 1-0 at Bramall Lane.

Marc McNulty was credited with the only goal of the game but it was a contentious one as it came after Bob Harris' free-kick was close to crossing the line, squirming past Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Not that Blades manager Nigel Clough, or any of his players, will mind as they have another cup semi-final to look forward to, just a season after they made it to the last four of the FA Cup.

On Wednesday night, Tottenham Hotspur obliterated Newcastle United as they stylishly secured their place in Capital One Cup Semi-Finals.

Mauricio Pochettino's start to life in North London has not been without its teething problems, yet Spurs fans are now beginning to see the performances they yearn for.

The recent improvements were evident at White Hart Lane, when Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado all scored in a 4-0 beating of Newcastle.

Raheem Sterling's first goals since mid-September helped Liverpool end a miserable seven days with a place in the Capital One Cup Semi-Finals at the expense of Bournemouth.

The England winger had endured a 22-game goal drought for club and country until he set Liverpool on their way to a 3-1 away win with a close-range header.

Lazar Markovic grabbed the second before a trademark Sterling run ended with his fifth goal of the season to put the smiles back on the faces of supporters after their Old Trafford defeat last weekend.

Dan Gosling, who memorably netted a cup winner to beat Liverpool in his Everton days, pulled a goal back and then rattled a post but the Sky Bet Championship leaders relinquished their 12-game unbeaten run.

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