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Thursday, October 26, 2017

West Ham stun Spurs, Chelsea win

West Ham completed a stunning turnaround on Wednesday, roaring back from two goals down against Tottenham Hotspur to reach the League Cup quarterfinals while Chelsea saw off the challenge of Everton.

Slaven Bilic's side were trailing 2-0 at the break after an insipid first-half display but a brace from Andre Ayew and a third from Angelo Ogbonna shocked the Wembley crowd and completed an astonishing comeback for the Premier League strugglers.

Spurs, who made multiple changes, were quickly in control thorough an early goal from Moussa Sissoko, who strolled through the middle of the defence and stroked the ball past West Ham goalkeeper Adrian after a pass from Son Heung-Min.

They doubled their lead with about eight minutes remaining in the first half when Dele Alli curled the ball into the net via a deflection off the unfortunate Declan Rice, again following good work down the left from the impressive Son.

But the game came alive within 10 minutes of the re-start when Ayew pounced to poke home from close range after Spurs keeper Michel Vorm failed to hold a powerful Edimilson Fernandes shot from the edge of the area.

West Ham were level just five minutes later when Ayew applied the finishing touch to a cross by Manuel Lanzini and astonishingly took the lead when Ogbonna rose to head home Lanzini's corner with 20 minutes to go.

West Ham's man-of-the-match Ayew told Sky Sports: "We stayed confident. We were down but the coach had the words. I want to congratulate the whole team, it's a massive win. We have a massive game on Saturday (against Crystal Palace).

"We have to enjoy this, but prepare for Saturday. We knew if we scored early in the second half we'd have a chance. We need to relax and work hard because Saturday is a big one."

Spurs made seven changes to the side that thumped Liverpool 4-1 at the weekend, while Cheikhou Kouyate and Lanzini were the only survivors for West Ham from their weekend defeat to Brighton.

At Stamford Bridge, David Unsworth's first match as Everton's caretaker manager ended in a 2-1 defeat for the much-changed side at the hands of Chelsea.

The club favourite has spoken of his desire to permanently succeed the sacked Ronald Koeman, presided over an improved performance.

Everton played with confidence and energy and repeatedly threatened but were 2-0 down following goals from Antonio Rudiger and a late strike by Willian and could only manage a consolation from substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin deep into time added on.

Chelsea made nine changes to the side that beat Watford in the Premier League at the weekend, handing a debut to former Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater.

West Ham and Chelsea join Arsenal, Bournemouth, Bristol City, Leicester City, Manchester United and Manchester City in the draw for the quarterfinals on Thursday.

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