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Friday 20 October 2017

Balotelli on target as Liverpool hit Swansea late

Dejan Lovren scored a dramatic 95th-minute winner as Liverpool came from behind late on to beat 10-man Swansea 2-1 at Anfield and advance to the League Cup quarter-finals lst night.

The visitors had looked destined to repeat their feat in 2012-13 of winning at this ground at the same stage of the competition - en route to claiming the trophy that season - after Marvin Emnes gave them a 65th-minute lead with a fine strike.

But Reds manager Brendan Rodgers on this occasion could celebrate a victory over his former club thanks to an 86th-minute finish from substitute Mario Balotelli and then, after Federico Fernandez's stoppage-time sending-off for a challenge on Philippe Coutinho, Lovren's header in the dying seconds - his first Liverpool goal.

Liverpool - without a goal in their last two games, both of which had also been at Anfield - controlled possession in the first half, but remained unable to make it count whenever they probed.

Jeff Hendrick was on target for Derby County as the Rams came back from 2-0 down to wallop Fulham 5-2 at Craven Cottage.

Moussa Dembele's brace had the Cottagers in the driving seat before Chris Martin pulled one back with a penalty in first-half stoppage time.

ONE TEAM

After the break there was only one team in it though as Johnny Russell, Simon Dawkins (2) and Hendrick scored for Derby.

Eunan O'Kane and Callum Wilson fired Bournemouth to their first-ever quarter-final as Eddie Howe's men toppled West Brom 2-1 at Dean Court.

Midfielder O'Kane and replacement Wilson helped the Cherries make club history for the second time in four days.

Georgios Samaras' shot took a deflection off Tommy Elphick to gift Albion a late equaliser, only for Wilson to race clear and blast Bournemouth's winner.

Two late goals by substitute Michael Higdon sent Sheffield United into the quarter-finals in dramatic fashion with a 2-1 victory at MK Dons.

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