Ki unlocks Chelsea with late winner, City cruise

Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:10pm EST
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By Toby Davis

LONDON (Reuters) - Substitute Ki sung-Yueng drove in an extra-time winner to take the Premier League's bottom club Sunderland into the League Cup semi-finals with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Chelsea on Tuesday.

Ki smashed home in the 118th minute after being teed up by Fabio Borini, who had come off the bench to force extra time with an 88th-minute equalizer.

In the night's other quarter-final, Edin Dzeko scored twice as free-scoring Manchester City booked their place in the semi-finals with a 3-1 win at second-tier Leicester City.

Chelsea, third in the Premier League, looked on course to reach the last four after taking the lead when goalline technology adjudged that a combination of Frank Lampard and Sunderland's Lee Cattermole had bundled a cross over the line.

But they were pegged back two minutes from time when on-loan Borini steered an expert finish past two Chelsea defenders on the line from a tight angle.

The hosts then laid siege to the Chelsea goal and were rewarded two minutes from time when Ki smashed home a low drive to send the home crowd wild.

Chelsea won the competition twice in Jose Mourinho's first spell at the club, but with a busy Christmas schedule looming in the Premier League, they made eight changes from their weekend team.

The fringe players, however, did little to push their cases and found themselves chasing possession for much of the opening 45 minutes before taking the lead a minute into the second half.   Continued...

Chelsea's Frank Lampard (R) celebrates scoring against Sunderland during their English League Cup quarter-final soccer match at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, December 17, 2013. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis