The League Cup often only gets attention when embarrassing defeats happen to the big clubs – remember Man United’s 4-0 loss to MK Dons, anyone?
But as Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool all progressed tonight, we kept an eye on the important storylines so you didn’t have to!
All eyes on the prize. So shiny. pic.twitter.com/UztoqdXqy7— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 23, 2015
Closed to embarrassment was undoubtedly Liverpool, though.
It was already a bad night for Brendan Rodgers by 8pm as Iago Aspas, formerly of Liverpool, knocked in two for Celta Vigo… against Barcelona.
Iago Aspas has scored a gorgeous chip to put Celta 2-0 up against Barcelona. The same man who did this: https://t.co/ZxDIcALpGI— Paddy Power (@paddypower) September 23, 2015
Balotelli,Markovic, now Aspas shining.. Rodgers the problem,not the players— J. (@slojoe_) September 23, 2015
It was looking ominous for Brendan…
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL ASAMOAH #CUFC— Carlisle United FC (@officialcufc) September 23, 2015
Give you £25m for him? https://t.co/2rBgXSULgI— Deluded Brendan (@DeludedBrendan) September 23, 2015
Carlisle fans signing 'You're getting sacked in the morning' http://t.co/ymmKmMKsVH— BetGOAT (@BetGoatUK) September 23, 2015
Carlisle 1-1 Liverpool.
Meanwhile, in fans’ imaginations… pic.twitter.com/nmmgGo10YN— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 23, 2015
That was even after Danny Ings had scored again…
Danny Ings literally hitting the back of the net tonight. pic.twitter.com/VdTDPZq7z9— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 23, 2015
It still didn’t look good for the Liverpool, however, eventually needing penalties to overcome lowly Carlisle.
Just to put Liverpool's result over 90 mins into perspective, Carlisle have the worst defence in League Two. It's extra-time!— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) September 23, 2015
In the end it all went to plan, sort of…
Liverpool fans are *REALLY* desperate for a managerial change: pic.twitter.com/BRV7xgbJrE— Allan (@GiggsInMidfield) September 23, 2015
Liverpool fans weren’t the only ones who were angry:
Newcastle 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday.
Newcastle fans right now: pic.twitter.com/4RDId8xvVz— SPORTbible (@sportbible) September 23, 2015
Spurs suffered some embarrassment too...
It was a nice touch, almost, as they presented ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky with a jersey, which needed just a quick double-check on the spelling…
Harry Kane almost did good too.
Kane finally hits net... but offside.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) September 23, 2015
It couldn’t have been much worse for Kane, until he saw who Arsenal’s double-goalscorer was…
Harry Kane goals for Spurs in 2015-16: ❌
Mathieu Flamini goals for Arsenal in 2015-16: ⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/uPXXPWdfZ0— bet365 (@bet365) September 23, 2015
Have to admit that's one hell of a finish by Flamini.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 23, 2015
Mathieu Flamini is Arsenal's joint-top scorer this season.— Orbinho (@Orbinho) September 23, 2015
Otherwise it was plain sailing as Chelsea turned to the best of Brazil…
Brazilian to Brazilian as Kenedy crosses it in to Rami for an easy header 1-0 #CFC— CFC True Blue (@CarefreeCFCUSA) September 23, 2015
With even John Obi Mikel being inspired.
Francis Hall: "Who cares about Robert Lewandowski scoring five in 9 minutes - Jon Obi Mikel just passed forward twice in 30 seconds!"— Blues Talk (@TheBluesTalk) September 23, 2015
Meanwhile Rooney and Martial, off the bench, scored for United.
Martial going to break Bobby's record before Rooney 😂😎— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) September 23, 2015
They face Middlesbrough next as Man City and Chelsea got the tougher draws.
All that coming soon to another sleepy Wednesday near you!