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Football: Sunderland stun United in League Cup

Published on Jan 23, 2014 6:47 AM
 
Sunderland's Phil Bardsley (right) celebrates after scoring against Manchester United during their English League Cup semi-final second leg soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England on Jan 22, 2014. Manchester United's desperate season met with fresh degradation on Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014, as they sensationally lost on penalties to Sunderland in the League Cup semi-finals at Old Trafford. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANCHESTER (AFP) - Manchester United's desperate season met with fresh degradation on Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014, as they sensationally lost on penalties to Sunderland in the League Cup semi-finals at Old Trafford.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, United levelled the tie through Jonny Evans's 37th-minute header, only for Phil Bardsley to net a dramatic equaliser late in extra time with a low shot that squirmed past David de Gea.

United promptly went straight up to the other end and equalised through Javier Hernandez, for 3-3 on aggregate and sending the tie to penalties, but it was to prove a false dawn.

An appalling shoot-out saw only three of the 10 penalty-takers score, but United full-back Rafael da Silva proved the fall guy, with Vito Mannone saving his spot-kick to give Sunderland a 2-1 win.

 
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