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Carling Cup as it happened

Blackburn 2-3 Arsenal (aet) FT Man City 0-2 Tottenham FT


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By Mandeep Sanghera

2245: That's it. Phew. Thanks for your company for two pulsating games in which both sides who went down to 10 men won. I'll tell Ms. Cheese you looked after me fantastically.

2240: Arsenal edged out Blackburn by the narrowest of margins and the results of the player rater are similarly close. You picked Gunners striker Eduardo as your top man with a mark of 7.99 but his team-mates Abou Diaby and Nicklas Bendtner also score highly and Roque Santa Cruz leads the way for Blackburn with 7.70.

"What a game. Congratulations to both teams who made it an entertaining game."
Gunner Belal on 606

FULL-TIME: Blackburn 2-3 Arsenal
Arsenal were down to 10 men for extra-time but scored the winner against a Blackburn and are now through to the semi-finals after a gruelling game.

2234: There's two minutes of injury-time.

2233: The post comes to Arsenal's rescue. Christopher Samba gets in a header at the far post only to see his effort come back off the woodwork.

2231: Blackburn are throwing everything they have left at Arsenal and Justin Hoyte throws himself at shots from Christopher Samba and Morten Gamst Pedersen to keep Rovers at bay.

2226: Benni McCarthy races on to a through ball but it's frustration for the home crowd as he puts a good chance wide.

2225: There's some tired legs at Ewood Park and Niklas Bendtner and Lassana Diarra have to give Eduardo da Silve treatment for cramp.

2223: Alexandre Song set up Arsenal's third but he's back defending and a diving header sees a dangerous Blackburn cross go out for a corner.

2221: Agony for Blackburn. Morten Gamst Pedersen steps up to take a 25-yard free-kick and curls it just wide.

"Lot of work now for Blackburn to do. I think they have got the legs over Arsenal though. It'll be 3-3 and Arsenal to lose on penalties. Arsenal kids are a bit good though."
The Wizard of Oz Returns, on 606.

2211: GOAL Blackburn 2-3 Arsenal
Class. Alexandre Song plays Eduardo da Silva through on goal and the Croatia striker shows the ultimate in coolness as he takes a touch before sidefooting in.

2206: Not surprisingly, Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbarov leads the way in your player ratings from his side's 2-0 win at Eastlands - with a current score of 8.40. No Manchester City player manages a mark of 6/10, with Javier Garrido bottom of the pile on 4.48.

2204: It's a hard learning school out there at Ewood Park for Arsenal's youngsters and substitute Nacer Barazite falls awkwardly before being stretchered off with a dislocated shoulder for the 17-year-old. There's a nice touch as both sets of fans applaud him as he's carried off.

"I dont think it will go to penalties. McCarthy's fresh and Arsenal have 10 tired players out there."
U8578980 on 606

2158: The actions starts again as Blackburn and 10-man Arsenal go into extra-time.

"Come on the Spurs. Only lost one in 10. Ramos is a legend."
Anon via text on 81111

2153: FULL-TIME Blackburn 2-2 Arsenal
It's all level after normal time and Arsenal go into it with 10-men after Denilson's injury-time red card.

2150: A late and dangerous challenge by Arsenal midfielder Denilson on David Dunn sparks an ugly flare-up between the two sets of players. Denilson gets his marching orders and Blackburn's Robbie Savage gets a yellow for his reaction.

2149: Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy comes on for Matt Derbyshire.

2148: Roque Santa Cruz mistimes a shot after a free-kick is nodded back to him. Great chance.

2146: Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra takes a booking for the team. He hauls down David Bentley as Blackburn's attackers threatened to outnumber Arsenal's defenders.

2144: Armand Traore curls in a cross to the near post and Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva just manages to get his head to it as the tension mounts.

2142: Extra-time is looming at Ewood Park and, if it's level after that, we have all the fun of penalties.

2138: FULL-TIME Man City 0-2 Tottenham
A brave Spurs performance with 10-men and goals from Jermain Defoe and Steed Malbranque sees them into the Carling Cup semi-finals. Man City trudge off having lost for the first time at home this season.

2135: Denilson whips in a low free-kick to the near post and Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos just fails to get the vital touch to put it into the net as keeper Brad Friedel gratefully gathers.

2131: Blackburn have the upper hand over Arsenal but the game is on a knife-edge as the visitors are slowly coming back into it.

"Dimitar Berbatov has been brilliant."
Mark Lawrenson on Five Live

2126: GOAL Man City 0-2 Tottenham
Talk about a classic sucker-punch. Spurs start an attack from the edge of their box and Jamie O'Hara plays Steed Malbranque through and he turns Richard Dunne before planting home a shot.

2123: It's exciting stuff at Eastlands. Martin Petrov crosses for Rolando Bianchi to get in a header, which Spurs keeper Paul Robinson does well to get a hand to before the ball is cleared off the line.

"Spurs have played really well. If they had 11 men on the pitch. The game would all be over."
Anon via text on 81111

2117: GOAL Blackburn 2-2 Arsenal
It's a Bentley-Cruz combo. Bentley curls in a free-kick from the right and Roque Santa Cruz rises highest to head in for the equaliser.

2116: Spurs boss Juande Ramos acts to give his side some more energy by taking off Aaron Lennon and bringing on Jamie O'Hara.

2114: Blackburn look a different side to the first half and are putting Arsenal under the cosh.

2113: Emile Mpenza replaces Darius Vassell in Man City's attack.

2109: Pascal Chimbonda has moved to central defence for Spurs and escapes conceding a penalty after Richard Dunne goes down in the area.

2107: Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski saves at the feet of Roque Santa Cruz and the ball loops up into the air. Cruz looks like he will have a simple tap-in but Alexandre Song tracks back to clear for the Gunners.

2105: Spurs are hanging on as Martin Petrov shoots over for Man City, who are piling on the pressure.

2103: Were back underway at Ewood Park as Blackburn try to overhaul a 2-1 deficit against Arsenal.

2102: Man City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson takes action. Defensive-midfielder Dietmar Hamann goes off and the more attacking Geovanni comes on.

"Santa Cruz. Signing of the season?"
Ronaldo-Rooney on 606

2059: The last time Man City got to the semi-final of a major competition was in 1981 when they got to the last four of both the FA Cup and League Cup. They reached the final of the FA Cup and played Spurs, of course, and lost.

2058: Spurs keeper Paul Robinson keeps his side in front as he saves to his left from a Darius Vassell header.

2056: Man City midfielder Michael Johnson goes down in the Spurs box. The fans hold their breath before ref Steve Bennett gives Johnson a yellow for diving.

2051: The game has restarted between Manchester City and Tottenham with no changes to the teams at half-time.

"There's only one Caroline Cheese."
There sure is and she should be back on Wednesday for those missing the lovely lady.

2047: HALF-TIME: Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal
I would not want to be a Blackburn player going into the dressing room judging by the face of their manager Mark Hughes. They have been outplayed but their late goal has given them renewed hope.

2046: Spurs fans not happy with the ref - we were playing some lovely stuff untill the red card - can't see us holding out the full 90.
Ricco, at Eastlands, via text on 81111.

2044: GOAL Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal
There's a hint of offside about Blackburn's goal but they will not care. Matt Derbyshire looks just offside but he whips in a low cross which Roque Santa Cruz turns in with his outstretched leg.

"Welcome to the Steve Bennett show."
cityfanleigh on 606

2035: Another David Bentley free-kick is saved by Lukasz Fabianski with a dive for the cameras that Sylvester Stallone would have been proud of in the film Escape to Victory.

2033: HALF-TIME Man City 0-1 Tottenham
Spurs have held on to their lead but how long can they hold out with 10-men against a side with 10 wins out of 10 at home this season?

2030: GOAL Blackburn 0-2 Arsenal
Blackburn's gigantic centre-back Christopher Samba misses Denilson's through ball and Eduardo da Silva pounces to slot in past keeper Brad Friedel.

2028: Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski is quickly back in the action as he has to quickly get down to his left and steer David Dunn's 18-yard shot wide.

2025: Blackburn earn a free-kick 35 yards out. What can they do? Well, David Bentley curls his strike on target but keeper Lukasz Fabianski steps across and gathers.

2021: Stephen Warnock is yellow-carded for a rash challenge on Denilson not long after David Dun slid his studs down the calf of Armand Traore as Blackburn struggle to cope with Arsenal's youngsters.

2017: City are starting to make use of having the extra man and come close to equalising. Martin Petrov has the shot but Spurs survive.

2013: Spurs may be down to 10 men but Aaron Lennon and Dimitar Berbatov again torment Man City and only a Vedran Corluka block stops the home side going two down after Berbatov's shot.

2011: Jermain Defoe looks gutted after being taken off by Spurs boss Juande Ramos as he re-organises after Didier Zokora's red card.

2009: Nicklas Bendtner almost doubles Arsenal's lead. He accelerates into space inside Blackburn's box and, a la Thierry Henry, opens his body up and produces a deft curling shot which rebounds off the woodwork.

2008: "It's a rank bad decision to send off Zokora."
Mark Lawrenson on Five Live.

2007: GOAL Blackburn 0-1 Arsenal
Nicklas Bendtner crosses from the right and Abou Diaby meets it first time to loop a sidefoot shot over keeper Brad Friedel and into the net.

2006: Not good for Spurs. Centre-back Didider Zokora is red-carded for a tackle on Elano. Bit harsh but there was little hesitation from ref Steve Bennett.

2003: Blackburn's ex-Arsenal winger David Bentley beautifully chips the ball over left-back Armand Traore and tries to wriggle into some space in the box but is closed down and skies his shot.

2001: Man City's playmaker Elano is being kept out of the game by Spurs as the visitors try to limit his impact.

2000: Blackburn and Arsenal kick-off at Ewood Park.

"Shocker from our defence. But come on, lets do a Man City v Bolton when we came back from 2-1 to win 4-2."
Manblue4lyfe on 606

1956: Spurs seem up for it and a carbon copy almost see them score again but Steed Malbranque wants too much time to get his shot away and the chances goes begging.

"Ho ho ho for Spurs fans."
ypsylon on 606

1950: GOAL Man City 0- 1 Tottenham
Aaaron Lennon and Dimitar Berbatov combine to set up Jermain Defoe for a simple finish which stuns Man City fans.

1945: Spurs kick-off and get the game at Eastlands underway.

1944: Elano is a quality player. They say Sven signed a lot of his players by watching videos. they must have been good videos.
Mark Lawrenson on Five Live

"Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has tried the kids once too often. Beautiful Arsenal will get thumped by brutal Blackburn, sadly."
Steve, in Oxford, via text.

1937: TEAM NEWS Blackburn v Arsenal
Blackburn striker Matt Derbyshire plays instead of Benni McCarthy, while Steven Reid moves from midfield to cover for suspended right-back Brett Emerton and David Dunn starts. Arsenal have a completey fresh team - making 11 changes from their victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

"Man City were a hideously ugly duckling last season but now with the likes of Elano and Petrov they are a truly beautiful swan which should be looked after with great care and attention."
Kanu's tribal dance on 606 Nice...I think!!

1930: LINE-UPS
Man City: Hart, Corluka, Richards, Dunne, Garrido, Vassell, Johnson, Hamann, Petrov, Elano, Bianchi
Tottenham: Robinson, Chimbonda, Zokora, Kaboul, Lee, Lennon, Jenas, Boateng, Malbranque, Berbatov, Defoe

"Spurs have cracked it under Ramos, we've learnt how to close out games and get ruthless."
Chaz in London via text on 81111

"Castillo signs for City, what a great swoop."
Ntini77 on 606

1918: By the way, Man City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is wasting no time on the new signing front ahead of the Janauray transfer window. The club have agreed to bring in striker Nery Castillo from Shakhtar Donetsk on a year-long loan deal starting in January.

"I take it Mr Hughes missed John Terry's two-footed lunge at an already grounded Fabregas."
Anon via text on 81111

1913: TEAM NEWS Man City v Tottenham
Man City playmaker Elano is back and Joe Hart is in goal aiming to prove to manager Sven-Goran Eriksson he is the club's number one keeper. Tottenham striker Darren Bent is out with a hip injury and Jermain Defoe comes in the only change from the side which beat Portsmouth on Saturday.

"Blackburn to beat Arsenal 1-0 or 2-1 and I think City will beat Spurs 2-0 or 2-1."

1908: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keeping his powder dry after Hughes' comments, while Man City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is keen to reach Wembley as he never played a game at the famous stadium when in charge of England. Spurs boss Juande Ramos will be aiming to become the first visiting manager to win at Eastlands this season as City have 10 wins out of 10.

"As much as I am being tempted to predict a shock from Blackburn, I am going for an Arsenal win. 3-1 to be precise. The City-Spurs game should proves entertaining, and I think City will continue their excellent home form with a 4-2 win."
Torres' right peg on 606

1903: Blackburn boss Mark Hughes has already spiced up the match against the Gunners. Arsenal have been quick to critcise Blackburn's physical approach in the past but Hughes said: "I watched the game against Chelsea and some of the tackles that were flying in were tackles that, maybe if Blackburn Rovers players were making similar tackles, then there would have been red cards involved."

1901: I wonder if Fabio will be watching. If so, Don Fabio, get involved - and that goes for everyone else out there - on 606 or drop me a text on 81111. In English if possible.

1900: After 'Distinctly Average Super Sunday' let's hope we get a bit more of a Tasty Tuesday in tonight's two Carling Cup quarter-finals.

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