Chelsea claimed partial revenge for their stormy loss to Manchester United at the weekend by prevailing 5-4 when the teams resumed hostilities in an end-to-end fourth-round League Cup tie.
United led three times at Stamford Bridge, but each time Chelsea responded, with Eden Hazard's 94th-minute penalty taking the game to extra time before goals from Daniel Sturridge and Brazilian Ramires put the hosts in the quarter-finals.
"It was a very exciting game — a typical Cup game," said Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo, whose side face Leeds United in the last eight. The final eight
"We could have finished off the game earlier, but we showed what fantastic character we have to come back from behind three times."There were shocks in the night's other ties, meanwhile, as Swansea City won 3-1 at Liverpool to knock former coach Brendan Rodgers out of the competition and Norwich City came from behind to eliminate Tottenham Hotspur.
United's controversial 3-2 win in the Premier League on Sunday ended with claims that referee Mark Clattenburg had abused Chelsea's John Mikel Obi, but Wednesday's game was a gripping contest more in line with Arsenal's astonishing 7-5 win at Reading the night before.
Blues for Reds
Liverpool's season encountered fresh disappointment at Anfield as they were outplayed by Swansea, who reached the last eight for the first time.
Chico, Nathan Dyer and Jonathan de Guzman found the net for the Swans, with Luis Suarez on target for Rodgers' side. Meanwhile, a quick-fire pair of goals in the last six minutes saw Norwich come from behind to win 2-1 against Tottenham at Carrow Road.
London's Metropolitan Police Force announced Thursday they had launched an investigation after a Chelsea supporter was photographed apparently making a racist gesture towards a black Manchester United player. The picture, published in several British newspapers, appeared to show a fan making a monkey gesture at striker Danny Welbeck.