CARLING CUP LIVE: Manchester City stroll past Arsenal's young guns and Paul Robinson is the penalty king as Rovers knock out Chelsea

It's the final round of Carling Cup quarter finals this evening as four Premier League clubs slug it out for the final two places in the semi finals - Manchester City take on Arsenal at Eastlands and Chelsea will look to continue their blistering form in the clash at Ewood Park with Blackburn. We'll have all the action from those games as it happens plus the draw for the last four of the competition which takes place right after the final whistle.





BLACKBURN 3 CHELSEA 3 (aet, 4-3 on penalties.)




22.53: That's it then for the Carling Cup quarter finals - City slide more goals past Arsenal at Eastlands and Blackburn beat Chelsea in dramatic style.

The semi finals are two legged affairs with the first played on January 6.

That's all from me, goodnight.

22.48: Paul Robinson is the hero as the former Spurs stopper keeps out penalties from Ballack and Kakuta to send Rovers through to the semi final with Aston Villa.


Penalties, then ...


Ballack MISSES

Emerton SCORES



Malouda SCORES

Kalinic MISSES

Zhirkov SCORES

Hoillett SCORES


22.35: FULL TIME! With virtually the last touch the Chelsea full  back takes it to penalties.

22.31: GOAL! Ferreira equalises for Chelsea - right at the death! It's going to penalties. Unbelievable stuff!

22.22: Drogba goes down in the box and the Chelsea fans scream for a penalty but it's waved away.

22.12: It's half time in extra time at Ewood Park. Not many chances in the game as both sides tire - Rovers are 15 minutes away from a real upset.

10.00: GOAL! Yuri Zhirkov tripped David Hoilett, and Benni McCarthy buries the penalty in the bottom corner. Fantastic penalty.

9.59: Penalty to Blackburn!

9.55: The two sides could not be separated in normal time so extra time being played between Blackburn and Chelsea.

9.50: Five minutes time added on being played at Ewood Park.

9.43: Chelsea are playing with 10 men now after Kalou hobbles off and Ancelotti has used all three of his substitutions.

9.41: FULL TIME at Eastlands, City have strolled it against Wenger's kids and enter their first semi final after nine successive defeats in quarter finals. Mark Hughes waves at Arsene Wenger who storms off without sharing any pleasantries with the City boss.

Weiss move: City's Slovakian puts the game beyond Arsenal

Weiss move: City's Slovakian puts the game beyond Arsenal

9.39: Merida hits the City crossbar with a flashing drive from 20-yards, the Gunners probably deserve a consolation here, for turning up that is. One consolation Arsenal do have is that Adebayor hasn't scored.

9.36: That's now 10 goals City have scored against the Gunners in the last three matches at Eastlands!

9.33: GOAL! Weiss seals it for City after finishing off a fine drive down the left from Bellamy.

Sweet victory: Weiss takes the applause after stroking home City's third.

Sweet victory: Weiss takes the applause after stroking home City's third.

9.27: Yellow cards for Song, Kompany, Bellamy and Ramsey in quick succession as this game goes ultra-scrappy. Separate events each one - Song should have walked for a blatant block on Ireland, two cynical late ones from Kompany and Ramsey and Bellamy does his best to win 'really late flying kung-fu chop tackle' of the season award - I'm sure he'll win.

9.25: GOAL! Blackburn Rovers are back in it! Kalinic has got his second and squared it up.

9.23: Shaun Wright-Phillips is replaced by Vladimir Weiss and Wilshere goes in the book for bad challenge number 37 of the evening.

9.22: 'Are you Tottenham in Diguise?' Ask the City fans of Arsenal ... cue much bad language coming from the travelling contingent.

9.20: Tevez comes trotting off - looking shattered by the way - to be replaced by Vincent Kompany.

9.16: GOAL! What a fabulous finish from Shaun Wright-Phillips to put this tie to bed. He picked the ball up just to the right of the box, surged forward and angled a shot across Fabianski into the keeper's top-right corner. Wonderful strike.

9.14: Arsenal substitution - Sanchez Watt replaces Eastmond. A very good player is Watt, I saw him play a few times for the reserves last season. There endeth my diatribe.

9.13: GOAL! Kalou grabs another for the Blues as Chelsea now take the lead at Ewood Park.

9.12: Wenger has nothing like the quality of Drogba to bring on in this game but he might not need it. His team are creeping right back into this as City shrink in the face of (shocked music) an actual, real life victory.

9.06: GOAL! Chelsea are level - Didier Drogba bags his 15th goal of the season.

Instant impact: Drogba equalizes just three minutes after coming on

Instant impact: Drogba equalizes just three minutes after coming on

9.04: Silvestre is a lucky boy to stay on the pitch. Well, I say lucky, to the letter of the law it is right he should stay on but it's more dramatic to scream off, off, off! The Frenchman dallied on the ball and as Adebayor cut in he dragged him back but Song had got back just enough so as not to leave a one-on-one situation.

8.59: It's no more than City deserve - Arsenal's young'uns haven't been overawed but then they haven't created enough to warrant a lead of their own.

8.55: GOAL! Tevez smashes City in front! Bellamy wasted the ball inn a good position but Rosicky fails to clear, the ball broke to Tevez who angled his run across the box and curled the ball into the top right-hand corner, Fabianski had no chance.

On top of the world: Tevez celebrates his opener for Manchester City

On top of the world: Tevez celebrates his opener for Manchester City

8.51: After what seems like a rather extended break for the players at - the second 45 has started in Manchester.

8.45: So it's still Rovers out in front in the game at Ewood Park and the teams will be coming back out in a couple of seconds at Eastlands. Super news.

8.33: HALF TIME - Just the one minute of time added on at Eastlands. Honours even but much the better going to the hosts but this could still go either way.

8.30: Toure handles in the box but there's nothing doing and then Traore fouls again right on the touchline in front of Mark Hughes who pull some funny faces when the referee declines to show the right back his second yellow in as many minutes.

8.27: And now it's Eastmond's turn to go in the book.

Quiet words: Arsene Wenger and Mark Hughes share a heated chat

Quiet words: Arsene Wenger and Mark Hughes share a heated chat

8.25: Tevez does well to avoid a booking after a late chop on Rosicky but there's no such luck for Traore who is the first to go in the book for a cynical challenge on Wright-Phillips.

8.22: Over at Ewood Park - 2002 winners Blackburn still lead league leaders Chelsea in a very open game.

8.18: A fine darting run from Eboue who cuts into the left-hand side of the box but just as he starts to dream of glory Lescott managed to tackle back and Given saved easily.

8.13: Another darting run from Wright-Phillips, he turned Silvestre inside and and inside again but forgot that he needed feet to run and ended flat on his face.

8.11: GOAL! Blackburn have taken the lead - Kalinic inside 10 minutes for the hosts. Good build up between Roberts and Pedersen who fed Chimbonda on the left to square and Kalinic tapped home in front of Zhirkov.

Out in front: Kalinic beats Zhirkov to the ball to fire Rovers ahead against Chelsea

Out in front: Kalinic beats Zhirkov to the ball to fire Rovers ahead against Chelsea

8.10: It's pretty much all City - but as I type that Vela gets onto the end of a ball that Lescott really should have cleared but the Mexican's drive flew over.

8.07: Great chance for Bellamy! Silvestre tries to shepherd the ball out but he slipped and allowed Wright-Phillips to nip in and cut the ball back inside the box. Bellamy's shot went wide from 12 yards when he really should have scored.

8.06: Craig Bellamy looks furious as his pleas for a penalty are waved away - Song stood his ground and the Welshman ran into him.

8.03: For the second time in a matter of moments Tevez springs the Arsenal offside trap but he slows down as he enters the box on both occasions - seemingly lacking ideas.

8.00: They've kicked off in the game at Ewood Park.

7.57: I'd just like to point out that this game is already 4,567 per cent better than the Manchester v North London game last night. We have two vital ingredients - football and atmosphere and call me old fashioned but I think they're both important at a game of footer.

7.53: Adebayor gets a firm header onto the corner than Fabianski does well to hold on to.

7.52: Manchester City are focussing their attention down the right hand side as Wright-Phillips gets at Armand Traore and wins a corner.

7.48: Immediately it's 'boooooooo' from the Arsenal fans as Adebayor gets a touch and then 'hooooorrrraaaaaaaay' as he strays offside.

7.46: Arsenal; get the ball rolling, literally, and we're underway at Eastlands.

7.41: ... and I suppose it's worth a mention that Mark Hughes is under more than a little pressure after his team's remarkable run of seven consecutive draws.

Holding on: Richards holds off Vela at Eastlands

Holding on: Richards holds off Vela at Eastlands

7.39: So, do I need to run us through just how much needle there is in this match tonight? Thought not - Wenger may be playing the kids again but make no bones about it, the visitors want revenge here this evening after Adebayor's antics earlier this season.

7.31: More team news for you - this time from Ewood Park ... Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Chimbonda, Emerton, Nzonzi, Pedersen, McCarthy, Roberts, Kalinic. Subs: Brown, Givet, Grella, Diouf, Van Heerden, Hoilett, Jones.
Chelsea: Hilario, Belletti, Ivanovic, Paulo Ferreira, Zhirkov, Mikel, Ballack, Deco, Joe Cole, Kalou, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Drogba, Matic, Hutchinson, Bruma, Kakuta, Borini.

7.23: The team news from Eastlands is in  ... Craig Bellamy replaces Robinho as Manchester City look to reach a domestic
cup semi-final for the first time since 1981.

Gareth Barry also returns to the side for Nigel de Jong, although the most notable member of the City team was former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor.

Arsene Wenger has, as expected, stuck with his usual policy of fielding his younger players, but experienced players such as  Mikael Silvestre, Tomas Rosicky and Emmanuel Eboue all involved.

7.15pm: Good evening and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of tonight's two Carling Cup quarter final clashes as Manchester City and Arsenal go head to head and Chelsea travel to the north west for their tie with Blackburn.

Manchester City have put seven past Arsenal in the last two clashes at Eastlands but all eyes will be on former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor after his stamping and sliding antics in the league clash earlier this season.

Arsene Wenger is sticking with the kids again tonight, a plan that has seen his team reach the semi finals in four out of the last seven years.

Blackburn are Sam Allardyce-less again this evening as the Rovers manager continues to recuperate after heart surgery.

Chelsea are looking to extend a run that has seen them score in 28 consecutive games and are yet to concede this competition so far this season.

On Song: Adebayor fends of the Gunner's challenge earlier this season

On Song: Adebayor fends of the Gunner's challenge earlier this season

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