London — Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge and Arsenal
winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both scored twice as the experienced players
secured passage for their youthful teams into the quarterfinals of the League
Cup on Tuesday.
Sturridge, who has failed to score in seven Premier League
matches this season, has only found joy in front of goal in England's
second-tier knockout competition when top-flight typically deploy weaker teams.
Sturridge's double eliminated Tottenham with a 2-1 victory
at Anfield, his first Liverpool goals since also netting twice in the League
Cup in August.
After firing into the roof of the net from Marko Grujic's
cross in the ninth minute, the England striker tucked the ball under Tottenham
goalkeeper Michel Vorm in the second half. Vincent Janssen pulled one back from
the penalty spot but Tottenham couldn't force extra time against its Premier
League title rival.
It was a smoother night for Arsenal against Reading, despite
only beating the second-tier League Championship club 2-0.
Oxlade-Chamberlain poked the ball through defender Tyler
Blackett's legs into the corner of the net to put Arsenal ahead in the 33rd
minute. A deflected shot from the England international doubled Arsenal's lead
in the 78th.
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Premier League side Hull survived a late scare against
Bristol City of the League Championship to win 2-1. Harry Maguire and Michael
Dawson scored either side of halftime but City forward Lee Tomlin grabbed a
goal in the third of seven minutes of stoppage time.
The biggest win of the night saw second-tier leader
Newcastle, relegated from the Premier League last season, rout 10-man Preston
6-0. Leeds-Norwich went to extra time after a 1-1 draw.
The fourth round will be completed Wednesday with three
all-Premier League matches, headlined by United hosting City in the season's
second Manchester derby clash between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola. There's
also a London derby between West Ham and Chelsea, while Southampton takes on
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