Arsenal stun Reading in epic

  • Last Updated: October 30 2012, 23:37 GMT

A review of Tuesday night's action in the Capital One Cup fourth round, including wins for Arsenal and Bradford.

  • Arsenal celebrate during their incredible win at Reading
  • Bradford knocked out Wigan on penalties 

Arsenal came from four goals down to beat Reading 7-5 after extra-time of a thrilling Capital One Cup fourth-round clash at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night.

Gunners outcast Marouane Chamakh, making his first start since January, appeared have secured victory with a fine strike in the 13th minute of extra-time.

With three minutes remaining Reading substitute Pavel Pogrebnyak equalised and it took Theo Walcott's late goal and a second from Chamakh to end a thrilling tie.

Arsenal had fought back after going 4-0 down during a nine-minute first-half spell that left them shellshocked.

Jason Roberts, a Laurent Koscielny own goal and Mikele Leigertwood left home fans rubbing their eyes in amazement as Reading surged 3-0 ahead.

When Noel Hunt capitalised on yet more abysmal defending to stretch the lead to four, Arsenal were in danger of being overwhelmed by the inspired Royals.

But strikes from Walcott, the energetic Olivier Giroud, whose arrival from the bench brought urgency to the Gunners' play, and Koscielny offered hope.

Then deep in stoppage time, Walcott appeared to stab home but his effort was blocked before Carl Jenkinson followed up to to guarantee extra-time by ramming home the loose ball.

League Two Bradford booked their place in the quarter-finals after causing a major shock with a penalty shoot-out victory at Wigan.

A Latics side featuring nine changes from Saturday's Premier League victory over West Ham created a host of opportunities but could not make a breakthrough during the 90 minutes or in extra-time as their spirited npower League Two opponents held on for spot-kicks.

Shaun Maloney then blazed his penalty over and Jordi Gomez saw his saved as the visitors advanced to the last eight of the competition.

  • Arsenal pull off a dramatic comeback win - beating Reading 7-5 after extra time at the Madejski Stadium.
  • Jason Roberts celebrates with his Reading team-mates after scoring the Royals' opener as they took the upper hand.
  • Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong cuts a dejected figure as Noel Hunt adds Reading's fourth first-half goal.
  • Gunners boss Arsene Wenger looks on as his side slip 4-1 behind to Reading by the break.
  • Substitute Olivier Giroud celebrates after pulling one back for Arsenal to make it 4-2.
  • Theo Walcott completes his hat-trick in the extra minutes as Arsenal continue to fight back.
  • Marouane Chamakh is congratulated by his Gunners team-mates after putting them 5-4 ahead over Reading in extra-time.
  • Michael Tonge fires Leeds United ahead at home to Southampton in the 35th minute.
  • Leeds goalscorer El-Hadji Diouf battles for the ball with Southampton midfielder Richard Chaplow.
  • Diouf grabs the Whites' second goal of the night with two minutes left on the clock.
  • Lucian Becchio converts a stoppage-time penalty for Leeds to seal a 3-0 victory and dump out the Saints.
  • Middlesbrough open a 1-0 lead in the first half at Sunderland as Scott McDonald finds the opener.
  • Boro's Faris Haroun battles for possession with Sunderland midfielder Stephane Sessegnon.
  • Steven Fletcher looks miserable as Sunderland fail to turn things around after falling behind in the Stadium of Light North-East derby.
  • Nicky Bailey is jubilant at the final whistle as Middlesbrough beat Sunderland 1-0 to go through.
  • Aston Villa go 2-0 ahead at League One Swindon as Gabriel Agbonlahor fires home.
  • Ron Vlaar and Matt Ritchie do battle at the County Ground.
  • Swindon haul themselves back into it as substitute Miles Storey nets the second of a late brace.
  • But Christian Benteke puts an abrupt stop to Swindon's comeback in stoppage time as he scores his second of the night to fire Villa through with a 3-2 win.
  • Bradford's James Hanson vies for the ball with Wigan defender Piscu at the DW Stadium.
  • Latics frontman Callum McManaman tries to keep Bradford's James Meredith at bay.
  • Shaun Maloney looks gloomy after blazing his penalty over the bar, with the goalless clash going to a shootout.
  • Bradford are euphoric after beating Wigan 4-2 on penalties to progress to the next round.
The best images from Tuesday's five Capital One Cup fourth-round ties.

Scott McDonald earned Middlesbrough a quarter-final place with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Sunderland in their Wear-Tees derby at the Stadium of Light.

The striker, who was handed a start by Boro boss Tony Mowbray after he scored both of the goals in last weekend's 2-1 npower Championship win over Bolton from the bench, scrambled the ball home from six yards at the near post late in the first half.

It was enough for Middlesbrough to progress as Sunderland lacked the cutting edge that has seen them draw six of their eight Barclays Premier League games so far this season.

Leeds secured another top-flight scalp as they brushed aside Southampton 3-0 at Elland Road.

Saints manager Nigel Adkins' decision to make 11 changes backfired on him as goals from Michael Tonge, El-Hadji Diouf and Luciano Becchio saw the home side through.

It took until the 70th minute for Southampton, who have been struggling in the Premier League this season, to register a shot at goal and it will be Leeds, third-round conquerors of Everton, who enter the hat on Wednesday night for a first quarter-final appearance since 1996 - a year they made the final.

Aston Villa are through to the quarter-finals for the third time in four seasons after Christian Benteke scored a late winner in a 3-2 victory over Swindon at the County Ground.

Villa looked to be cruising to victory as goals from Benteke - a £7million summer signing from Genk - and Gabriel Agbonlahor earned them a 2-0 half-time lead.

But the npower League One side, who had already overcome Stoke in this season's competition, fought back through two goals from substitute Miles Storey before Benteke had the final say.

It was his third goal in two games and Villa boss Paul Lambert will hope his side can build on this success after their worst start to a league campaign in 43 years.


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