Hazard’s Strike Ends Liverpool Perfect Season as Arsenal, Spurs Win

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CARABAO CUP

Eden Hazard scored a stunning late winner as Chelsea came from behind to end Liverpool’s perfect start to the season and their hopes of winning the Carabao Cup.

Aside Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs also sailed through into the next round but West Ham United secured the biggest win of the night with a 8-0 win over Macclesfield Town.

At Anfield, it was Belgium international Hazard who was introduced as a substitute in the second half and although he was quiet for much of it, burst into action by beating Alberto Moreno and smashing a finish into the far corner.

The Blues had been the better side in the first half with striker Alvaro Morata somehow striking a shot across the goalline and the Spaniard also nodded a free header over the crossbar.

Premier League leaders Liverpool, who had won all seven games this season, took the lead through Daniel Sturridge’s well-executed hooked finish, just minutes after the England international missed a completely open net.

Chelsea levelled the contest through Emerson Palmieri’s close-range finish which needed intervention from the video assistant referee (VAR) to check for offside before being awarded.

Liverpool will be looking for revenge when the two sides meet again in the league on Saturday (kick-off 17:30 BST), while the fourth-round draw takes place on the same day.

At MK Stadium in Milton Keynes, England international, Dele Alli recused Tottenham Hotspur WOTH a late equaliser after Nigeria’ Issac Success had put Watford in front but Erik Lamela for Spurs and Emmanuel Capoue scored late in the match for the match to go into penalty shoot out which the top English Premiership side won 4-2.

Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga saved twice in the shootout before Alli scored the winner.

Success and Will Hughes scored for Watford in the shootout but Gazzaniga denied Capoue and Domingos Quina.

Son Heung-min, Lamela and Fernando Llorente converted Tottenham’s opening three penalties before Alli, who began his career at MK Dons, slotted past Gomes.

Although Tottenham were the ‘home’ side, the game was played at Stadium:MK in Buckinghamshire because of delays in the construction of their new stadium.

They had originally expected to move into the 62,000-seater ground by 15 September, but the work has overrun, with no known date for its completion.

Tottenham played their first two home Premier League games of the season at Wembley, but that was unavailable for this tie after staging Saturday’s world heavyweight title boxing match between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin.

That meant the four-time League Cup winners played a home match more than 50 miles away from their new stadium.