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Shamoon Hafez

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  1. Goodbye

    Join us again tomorrow to see whether Southampton or Liverpool can grab the last semi-final spot in this season's League Cup.

    Until then.

    Stoke celebrate
    Image caption: 1972 winner Stoke through
    Man City celebrate
    Image caption: 1970, 1976, 2014 winners Man City through
    Everton celebrate
    Image caption: Can Everton win the competition for the first time?
  2. Congratulations all round

    Stoke 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal: "I must congratulate my team for what we have done in his competition. I congratulate Stoke City, they deserved to win and have a very good quality

    "I'm not unhappy with the team, I thank the fans who pushed the team all the way

    "The fans are amazing. They are unbelievable. We give everything for them on the pitch." 

    Managers love a double negative

  3. 'A good answer from the squad'

    Man City 4-1 Hull

    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "We only had 72 hours to recover [from the 3-1 league win over Southampton] so it was a very good answer from all the squad. 

    "The most important thing is to be involved in all the competitions at this stage. We were very solid and we didn't allow chances for Hull to score."

  4. 'Two goals were expectional'

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Roberto Martinez

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez on Sky Sports: "It was a fantastic occasion, to be involved in the cup. We had to be mature and control the game and we did that really well, especially after the Bournemouth result. It showed we learnt a lot. 

    "It is a terrific feeling to get through to the semi-final and good memory for our football club.

    "Middlesbrough had a team who are good on the ball but we defended really well. All in all, the two goals were exceptional pieces of quality. More than anything, after keeping a clean sheet from going 2-0 up was very pleasing."

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    JM = Jose Mourinho

    KDB = Kevin de Bruyne

  6. 'Keep going for more'

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Gerard Deulofeu

    Everton midfielder Gerard Deulofeu on Sky Sports: "Playing with Romelu Lukaku is easy for me. I am so happy to reach the next round and want to keep going. 

    "Against Bournemouth on Saturday it was disappointing because it was a game we should have won but this is a good moment and we nee to keep going for more."

  7. Football League results

    League One:

    Burton 2-1 Millwall

    Shrewsbury 1-3 Walsall

    League Two:

    Bristol Rovers 3-0 Wycombe

    Morecambe 1-0 Dag & Red

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    Good call.

  9. 'We need to stay grounded'

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Romelu Lukaku celebrates

    Everton striker Romelu Lukaku on Sky Sports: "We just have to work hard and keep doing what we have been doing. Today was a good result and we were 2-0 up and should have scored more. 

    "It is positive for us. The first goal was important but Gerard Deulofeu is doing well for us and I hope he keeps the level for us.

    "We are hungry, young players and want to improve game after game. We need to stay grounded and we want to be better."


    Stoke 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Stoke City

    Not the best performance from Sheffield Wednesday tonight, they struggled. Stoke through to their first semi-final since winning the competition back in 1972.

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    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: Middlesbrough fought and battled but didn't have it in the final third. Tonight the better team won.
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    Stoke 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Four minutes of added time at the Britannia Stadium. Going through the motions now. Come on ref, get it over with.


    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Middlesbrough's run is over. It's Everton who go through to the semi-final.

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    Man City 4-1 Hull

    All over at the Etihad Stadium. Man City comfortably into the last four of the League Cup.

  16. GOAL - Man City 4-1 Hull

    Andrew Robertson

    Andrew Robertson celebrates


    Game over but something for Hull full-back Andrew Robertson to remember.

    It's sublime. He collects the ball in his own half before scampering up the pitch ala Mo Farah, exchanging passes with a team-mate, finding himself in the Man City area and dinking a finish past Willy Caballero. 

    All too late though and City were caught napping.

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    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Nope. Low drive from Grant Leadbitter saved by Joel Robles.

  18. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Middlesbrough midfielder Grant Leadbitter standing over a free-kick around 30 yards out...

  19. Post update

    League Cup quarter-finals

    Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, both on the scoresheet for Man City and Everton respectively.

    Wonder what Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is thinking. Not good enough for the Blues, ripping it up for their sides now.

    Into the last few minutes.

  20. GOAL - Man City 4-0 Hull

    Kevin De Bruyne

    Kevin De Bruyne celebrates

    Getting ugly for Steve Bruce's Hull!

    A sublime free-kick from Kevin de Bruyne, into the top corner of the net despite a Hull defender standing on the line.

    The Belgian really is a joy to watch.

  21. CLOSE!

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    It's the away side who look like getting the next goal in this match, but Tomas Meijas does well to push away Kevin Mirallas' strike from the edge of the box.

  22. Football League latest

    Scramble.Joe Martin prods in for Millwall, who now trail Burton 2-1 in League One.

    Game on.

    Meanwhile, Walsall lead 2-1 at Shrewsbury thanks to Paul Downing's header.

  23. Post update

    League Cup quarter-finals

    No extra times to look forward to. Woohoo, a cup of hot chocolate and an early night!

  24. Football League latest

    A 12-minute hat-trick!

    Matty Taylor adds his third of the night for Bristol Rovers after being found by Daniel Leadbitter. What a night for the 25-year-old, whose side are now 3-0 up against Wycombe.

  25. GOAL - Man City 3-0 Hull

    Kevin De Bruyne

    Kevin De Bruyne celebrates

    This one is done.

    Opportunistic work from Belgian Kevin De Bruyne, who sneaks in to finish after some hazardous Hull defending.

    Steve Bruce will be hoping his side don't capitulate completely now.

  26. GOAL - Man City 2-0 Hull

    Kelechi Iheanacho

    Kelechi Iheanacho scores

    City joining Stoke in the last four.

    Finally, the long wait for a second goal is over. It's smartly home from the home side as two substitutes combine.

    Raheem Sterling whips a cross in from the left and Kelechi Iheanachotaps in from close range.

  27. Post update

    Stoke 2-0 Sheff Wedd

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator at the Britannia Stadium

    Phil Bardsley celebrates

    "The right back Bardsley hit a low drive from around 30 yards in off the post. It went zipping along the turf and Joe Wildsmith couldn't keep it up. Just over 15 minutes to play and they are  on their way."

  28. GOAL - Stoke 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Phil Bardsley

    Phil Bardsley celebrates

    Stoke into the semi-finals, it seems.

    Full-back Phil Bardlsey drills in a low, long-range finish which Wednesday goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith can't get to.

  29. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Can Wednesday get back into this? On-loan winger Daniel Pudil lets fly with a half-volley with goes narrowly over the crossbar.

  30. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Fabian Delph

    It's Man City who look like getting the second goal at the Etihad Stadium. Midfielder Fabian Delph forces Eldin Jakupovic into a save, but still have not added to their 12th minute opener.

  31. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Joel Robles

    Another long-range effort from the home side. Midfielder Adam Forshaw with a low drive straight down the throat of Joel Robles, who gathers nicely.


    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Leighton Baines

    Another man who has been out for a long time returns to action. Everton left-back Leighton Baines makes his first appearance of the season in place of Brendan Galloway.

    Baines hasn't had a haircut or shave in the time he has been out.


    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Hull winger Robert Snodgrass is brought on and makes his first appearance for 15 months. The Scot gets a great reception from the away fans.

    73 minutes gone in that game.

  34. CLOSE!

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Cristhian Stuani, you have to do better than that lad.

    Emilio Nsue whips a beautiful ball in from the right wing and the Uruguayan - free in the box around eight yards out - heads the ball over the crossbar. There was no pressure on him and he could have picked either corner but failed to hit the target.

  35. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Nearly a much-needed second for Man City. The returning David Silva with an instinctive effort which goes narrowly wide.

  36. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Ross Barkley

    Boro need more urgency. They're allowing Everton to control the tempo of the game and the Toffees are knocking the ball around the park nicely. Boro haven't touched the ball for a couple of minutes now.

  37. Football League latest

    It's the Matty Taylor show for Bristol Rovers.

    He fires in after a well-worked free-kick, then two minutes later scores a second - again from a free-kick -  to put Rovers 2-0 up against Wycombe in a battle of two sides just outside the play-off places in League Two.

    Latest scores:

    League One

    Burton 2-0 Millwall

    Shrewsbury 1-1 Walsall

    League Two

    Bristol Rovers 2-0 Wycombe

    Morecambe 1-0 Dagenham & Redbridge


    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Chuba Akpom off and Hull topscorer Abel Hernandez has been sent on. Around 23 minutes for the Uruguayan to make an impact. Can he make the difference?

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    Sheffield Wednesday's Gary Hooper

    Sheffield Wednesday have taken over 4,600 fans to Stoke tonight. Impressive following.

    The dream still lives on, but time is ticking away.


    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    The ball bounces off the shoulder of defender Ramiro Funes Mori inside the Everton box, but referee Roger East waves the Middlesbrough appeals away, much to the anguish of the home supporters.

    Would have been harsh.

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    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Hull striker Chuba Akpom is through on goal, but Man City goalkeeper Willy Caballero reacts quickly to rush off his line and sweep up. The City defenders need to stay awake.

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    Stoke 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Jack Butland

    Sheffield Wednesday looking to get back into the game but haven't been able to test Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland yet.

    At the other end, Wednesday goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith does have to earn his crust, saving a Joselu effort with his leg.


    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Jesus Navas

    Manuel Pellegrini looking to put this game to bed? Winger Raheem Sterling summoned in place of Jesus Navas.

  44. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: They need something to lift everyone. They have lifted their fans with that.
  45. CLOSE!

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Ah, this time Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles does have work to do. The industrious Cristhian (horrible spelling for a live texter!) Stuani works hard with the ball and it eventually reaches Stewart Downing.

    The Middlesbrough winger is around 30 yards out and drills a left-footed shot on target, but it's at a nice height for Robles, who pushes the ball away.

  46. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Trevor Sinclair

    Former England winger at Etihad Stadium

    "I think the Hull players are starting to tire a little bit. Steve Bruce is trying to change the synergy of this game with that substitution. Bringing Mo Diame on for Ryan Taylor is a positive step - he is comfortable with the ball, a powerful runner, and can score goals. This could open the game up."

  47. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Middlesbrough resorting to long-range efforts but they need to do better than that. This time midfielder Adam Clayton strangles a shot wide of goal and that ain't troubling Joel Robles. Everton solid and comfortable.

  48. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    David Silva

    Stoke nearly get a second but Republic or Ireland striker Jon Walters's header is straight at youngster Joe Wildsmith.

  49. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Nearly a repeat of the goal. A wicked strike from the impressive Kevin de Bruyne for Man City is saved by Hull's Eldin Jakupovic but this time striker Wilfried Bony can't get on the end of it.

  50. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Trevor Sinclair

    Former England winger at Etihad Stadium

    "Again, like the first half, it's a slow start. The teams are having a good look at each other, rather like a boxing match. I'm sure when a few challenges fly in the game will spark into life."

  51. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Hull

    David Silva

    Cagey start to the second half. Neither side will be too unhappy with that. City keep their lead, but Hull stay in touch. Can the Championship side grab an equaliser?

  52. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Brave defending from veteran midfielder Gareth Barry, who heads the corner away but takes one to the head from the incoming Daniel Ayala. Smash!

    Barry is fine though and is back on his feet.

  53. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Middlesbrough skipper Grant Leadbitter looking to lead from the front. He strangles a shot wide - via a deflection off John Stones - for a corner...

  54. KICK-OFF

    Stoke 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Geoff Cameron

    And back playing at the Britannia Stadium

  55. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    It looks like Middlesbrough defender Fernando Amorebieta has been given some instructions after being bamboozled by Gerard Deulofeu for the second goal.

    He gets an early second half booking for sliding in on the Spanish midfielder.

  56. KICK-OFF

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Midfielder Adam Forshaw sent on for Middlesbrough in place of Carlos de Pena. Under way at the Riverside Stadium.

  57. Back in the groove...

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty is a little confused at Everton's sudden change in performance level...

  58. KICK-OFF

    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Back under way at the Etihad Stadium.

  59. State of play

    League Cup quarter-finals

    All three Premier League sides lead at half time and it's more than deserved.

    Man City have had 66% possession so far, while Stoke have had 68%. Over at the Riverside Stadium, Everton are in control of the match and have had 59%.

    Fancy the trio to progress to the last four. The Championships side will have to pick it up in the second period to stop that from happening.

  60. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Trevor Sinclair

    Former England winger at Etihad Stadium

    "The way Hull have set up they are getting all 11 players deep behind the ball and it is hard for Manchester City to break down. 

    "Man City have got the goal but if they want more then they have got to move ball with more tempo and be more creative in the final third.

    "It would be nice to see Hull sacrifice one of their defensive midfielders and bring on a Snodgrass or Maloney who can get on the ball and create something going the other way."

  61. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: Everton have been a class apart. Held the ball, passed it well. Gerard Deulofeu has been the best player on the pitch, but Romelu Lukaku is not far behind
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  63. Football League latest

    Burton are heading to the top of League One.

    Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's men have scored twice in quick succession through Damien McCrory and Abdenasser El Khayati - the latter a fine finish to end a sweeping team move - to take a commanding 2-0 lead against seventh-placed Millwall.

    There have also been goals in the other game in that division. Larnell Cole put Shrewsbury 1-0 up at home against fourth-placed Walsall, but the visitors equalised on the stroke of half-time through Milan Lalkovic. 1-1.


    Stoke 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Ibrahim Afellay breaks his goalscoring duck for Stoke. Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal pleased to get back indoors to warm himself up.


    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Gerard Deulofeu

    Everton forward Gerard Deulofeu the star man. Scored one, made Fernando Amorebieta look very silly by creating the second. Denilson would have been proud.

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    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Wilfried Bony

    Can Hull get back into this game after Wilfried Bony's early goal?

  68. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    ....wasted by Stewart Downing. It was a long way out and would have needed a spectacular strike to beat Joel Robles from there but the free-kick curls over the crossbar. Downing apologises to his team-mates, and so he should.

  69. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Middlesbrough need a goal to get back into this game. Winger Stewart Downing standing over a free-kick around 35-yards out...

  70. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Man City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala has been booked for a foul on Moses Odubajo.

    Hull striker Chuba Akpom with an effort from the free-kick, but it rolls to Willy Caballero. No problems for the bald headed goalkeeper.

  71. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator at the Britannia Stadium

    "Stoke in complete control. Sheffield Wednesday haven't offered all that much and have also lost centre-back Tom Lees to injury."

  72. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Lots of empty seats at Etihad Stadium tonight.

    The home side haven't been able to add to their solitary goal though. Hull will be happy for the scoreline to be at 1-0. It gives them a chance to get back into the match. At 2-0, I don't fancy them.

    Empty seats during City v Hull
  73. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: It was the right thing to do. Kike was unlucky there.
  74. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Romelu Lukaku

    Everton striker Romelu Lukaku fancies it tonight, making a thundering run at the Boro defence before feeding Ross Barkley, but the Englishman's shot is blocked.

    Boro break at the other end and striker Kike tries to chip Joel Robles - think Eric Cantona against Sunderland in the 90s - but the Spaniard can't quite get the direction right and it sails wide. 

    Would have been a beauty.

  75. Football League latest

    Our first goal of the night in the Football League - and it's Morecambe who lead against League Two strugglers Dagenham & Redbridge.

    Paul Mullin sees his powerful penalty saved but the ball rebounds straight to him and, despite losing his footing, he scuffs the ball in. 1-0.

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  77. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Trevor Sinclair

    Former England winger at Etihad Stadium

    Gael Clichy

    "Manchester City have not had many clearcut chances but have enjoyed most of the possession. They have not had the creativity to unlock this disciplined Hull defence yet. But as the away players tire, they will create more chances.

  78. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Quick straw Wilfried Bony an adequate replacement for Sergio Aguero? Hmmm. The beefy Ivorian is presented with a decent chance, hitting the target with a snap-shot. But it is straight at Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic who gathers easily.

  79. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Lots of Middlesbrough fans are shining the light on their mobile phones in support for BBC Tees commentator Ali Brownlee who was diagnosed with cancer last week.

    "There's only one Ali Brownlee" sing the home fans. A very nice touch.

  80. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator at the Britannia Stadium

    Ibrahim Afellay

    "Ibrahim Afellay, a left foot volley sweetly struck. Just perfect technique, he waited for it to drop and arrowed it across the goalkeeper."

  81. 'An utter classic'

    Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: Of its type this goal was an utter classic. Deulofeu did brilliantly and waited until the defender half dived in. And Lukaku's header was not easy.
  82. GOAL - Stoke 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Ibrahim Afellay

    Ibrahim Afellay celebrates

    The Dutchman gets his first goal for the club. Joselu puts a ball into the box and Ibrahim Afellay volleys across goal and into the corner past the reach of Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith.

  83. GOAL - Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

    Romelu Lukaku

    Romelu Lukaku celebrates

    My head is in a spin!!

    Stepover, stepover, stepover, stepover by Gerard Deulofeu and he puts defender Fernando Amorebieta in a muddle on the right.

    He sends in a cross, slightly behind Romelu Lukaku, but the Belgian is good enough to rise and arc a finish into the net.

  84. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Trevor Sinclair

    Former England winger at Etihad Stadium

    "Manchester City are not giving the Hull players a second on the ball. It's the intensity they are squeezing Hull. It's been impressive how quickly they have won back the ball."

  85. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Jake Livermore

    Home side well on top at the Etihad Stadium and firmly in control. Hull haven't had a sniff yet. 

  86. Nicely cleared up...

    Middlesbrough 0-1 Everton

    British cruiserweight and die-hard Evertonian Tony Bellew clarifies his loves in life for Twitter. It seems Gerard Deulofeu's goal sent him over that emotional edge.

  87. Post update

    Stoke 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Stoke winger Marko Arnautovic curls a free-kick from the edge of the area over the crossbar. This match could go all the way, so we're going to be in for a late on.

  88. Clap, clap, clap

    Middlesbrough 0-1 Everton

    Nathan Redmond cracks out the applause emoji for Gerard Deulofeu. Top work Redz.

  89. Post update

    Stoke 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    A slow burner at the Britannia Stadium. I'm just worried about the condition of Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal. He looks a bit cold sat on the bench, his side need to up the pressure and warm him - and the fans - up.

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    Wilfried Bony

    It's now three goals in six games for Bony.

  91. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Hull venture deep into Manchester City territory for the first time. A quick counter ends in Isaac Hayden shooting straight at home keeper Willy Caballero. Safe.

  92. GOAL - Middlesbrough 0-1 Everton

    Gerard Deulofeu

    Christian Stuani scores

    But this one does count!

    Spaniard (lots of them tonight) Gerard Deulofeu picks the ball up inside the Middlesbrough half and there doesn't seem to be any trouble.

    He runs and runs, putting defender Ben Gibson on his backside, nudging the ball past another before drilling a low finish from the edge of the box past Tomas Meijas.

    A brilliant run and finish, but the Boro backline, who haven't conceded at home in the last six games, should do much better.


    Middlesbrough 0-0 Everton

    Christian Stuani scores

    Middlesbrough have the ball in the back of the net!!

    But referee Roger East disallows it. It's the easiest decision he'll make all his career as the corner loops high over the head of Joel Robles and Cristhian Stuani makes no effort to get the ball, instead jumping into the goalkeeper. The ball hits him on the head and goes in, but that's not on.

  94. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-0 Everton

    ...Stewart Downing stands over it and curls a beautiful effort at the near post which Joel Robles has to push wide. That was creeping in.

  95. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-0 Everton

    Ramino Funes Mori with an agricultural tackle on Cristhian Stuani, barging the Uruguayan striker on the edge of the box. Free-kick in a good position..

  96. Post update

    Stoke 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Should do better? Stoke striker Jon Walters beats the offside trap but his effort is straight at Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith. A nice confidence booster for the 19-year-old, keeping his hands warm on.

  97. CLOSE!

    Middlesbrough 0-0 Everton

    Romelu Lukaku, standing six yards from goal, almost gets his head on to a Gerard Deulofeu cross from the right. The Belgium striker - who has five goals in his last four Toffees appearances - looks a handful tonight.

  98. Post update

    Stoke 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Peter Crouch

    Poor old Peter Crouch. Only his third start of the season and the big man has to go off with a hamstring injury. Straight down the tunnel. Spaniard Joselu is the man who comes on for the Englishman.

  99. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Hull

    Trevor Sinclair

    Former England winger at Etihad Stadium

    "There was no communication in the Hull midfield - Hayden and Livermore left the ball for each other. De Bruyne hit a wicked shot which bounced off the post and Bony was the first one to react. The keeper had no chance.

    "Hull need to put pressure on Manchester City in the midfield. They didn't do that and they have been punished. Steve Bruce must be scratching his head."

  100. GOAL - Man City 1-0 Hull

    Wilfried Bony (11 mins)

    Wilfried Bony scores

    Opening goal of the evening.

    First of many? Manchester City break the deadlock early on. Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was unlucky with the initial effort, striking the post, but Ivorian strikerWilfried Bonywas on hand to knock in. Not the best of defending from the away side and they'll need to tighten up to avoid this getting any worse.

  101. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Hull

    Sounds like injured Hull midfielder David Meyler is sat in the Etihad Stadium stands. Can the travelling Tigers fans roar their team forward?

  102. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Hull

    Trevor Sinclair

    Former England winger at Etihad Stadium

    "Manchester City have to be on their toes and respect the opposition. If they do that they will beat this Hull team. 

    "But we have seen it time and time again when a Premier League team can't get themselves up for the game and start the match badly - it gives the opposition the opportunity to start on the front foot. Once the game has started and momentum has been set, it can be difficult to turn it around. 

    "But, if Manchester City start in the right manner it could be an easy win."

  103. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-0 Everton

    Romelu Lukaku

    Everton striker Romelu Lukaku - who has been on hot scoring form this season - has a half chance from inside the box, but his header is deflected wide after pressure from a couple of Middlesbrough defenders. The visitors can make nothing from the resulting corner but warning signs for Aitor Karanka's men.

  104. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Hull

    Trevor Sinclair

    Former England winger at Etihad Stadium

    "This is a bit like a practice match at the moment. The tempo and the atmosphere is not great."

  105. Post update

    Stoke 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Chilly night at the Britannia Stadium tonight. Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal did say it was going to be cold, he wasn't wrong. He's looking nice and snuggly in that dufflecoat. No chances though.

    Carlos Carvalhal
  106. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Hull

    A quiet opening at the Etihad too, where Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic sets some hearts racing by rushing out to the edge of this area but no harm done. Spanish playmaker David Silva will be looking to get the tempo ticking for the home side after a period on the sidelines.

  107. 'Everton are in great form'

    Middlesbrough 0-0 Everton

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Romelu Lukaku
    Quote Message: Everton are favourites. An attack-minded side. Boro are a strong side at home and are having a good period in the Championship. But you have to consider the standard of Ross Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku. Everton are in great form.
  108. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-0 Everton

    Middlesbrough are a formidable side at the Riverside Stadium and they are looking to get on top early on, with Spanish striker Kike the furthest man forward. The number nine has bagged three goals this season. No chances yet though.

  109. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Hull

    Trevor Sinclair

    Former England winger at Etihad Stadium

    Manuel Pellegrini and Steve Bruce

    "Hull's seven changes show the strength in depth that Steve Bruce has acquired. They are flying high in the Championship and hadn't lost for almost three months before Friday's defeat by Derby.

    "They will have to take check of that and hopefully bounce back. It's a massive platform for them to show what they can do. Anything can happen in a quarter-final."

  110. KICK-OFF

     ⚽ Here we go. League Cup quarter-finals under way ⚽  

  111. Football League preview

    League One and League Two

    Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
    Image caption: Hasselbaink already has one hand on the cup

    There's every chance Coventry City will be knocked off top spot in League One this evening.

    A win for Burton in their home match against Millwall will send Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink's side top. If they don't take three points and Walsall win by four goals away at Shrewsbury, the Midlands outfit will jump from fourth to top.

    In League Two Dagenham & Redbridge could put daylight between themselves and the bottom two with victory at Morecambe, while Wycombe can move into the play-off places if they claim three points at Bristol Rovers.

  112. Karanka: Everton are one of the best teams

    Middlesbrough v Everton (19:45 GMT)

    Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka on Sky Sports:

    "They are confident. Everybody is confident. But we can't forget we are playing Everton. They are one of the best teams in the league. They have an amazing manager and they have really good players.

    "I have to thank Everton manager Roberto Martinez because he's helped me a lot."

  113. Something's got to give

    Stoke v Sheffield Wednesday (19:45 GMT)

    Stoke players celebrate

    However, the Potters are winless in four matches in all competitions against Sheffield Wednesday, losing each of the last two at the Britannia Stadium.

    This will be a close one.

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  115. We'll 'ave 'em!!

    Stoke v Sheffield Wednesday (19:45 GMT)

    Mark Hughes

    You don't hear this too often from a manager:

    "We are at home and when the draw was made - if we are honest enough - we can say they were one of the teams we wanted to have."

    But Stoke boss Mark Hughes bucked the trend of the usual, 'we wanted to avoid them'.

    It's honesty you can't really argue with though. Sheffield Wednesday are the lowest-ranked of the eight teams left in the competition.

  116. Brrrrrr...

    Stoke v Sheffield Wednesday (19:45 GMT)

    Carlos Carvalhal
    Image caption: Don't forget your longjohns tonight, Carlos

    You can tell Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal ain't from around here.

    "It will be cold and there will be rain probably. It's not a good day to go to the football," said the Portuguese boss. Probably? That's an understatement.

    It may be a tad nippy off the pitch but Wednesday are hot on it. The Owls are eighth in the Championship this term and well in the hunt for a return to the Premier League.

    The last time they played in the top flight was the 1999-2000 season. Way too long for a club of their size. Bring back Gerald Sibon, I say!

  117. Toffees stick at it

    Middlesbrough v Everton (19:45 GMT)

    Everton celebrate

    They needed extra time in two of those matches against Norwich and Barnsley to progress.

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  119. I can't get no sleep

    Everton v Middlesbrough (19:45 GMT)

    Everton players

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez has probably had a couple of sleepless nights after their thriller against Bournemouth on Saturday.

    Midfielder Ross Barkley thought he had won it for the Toffees in the 95th minute, but Junior Stanislas popped up with the equaliser two minutes later.

    So what frame of mind will the players be in tonight?

    "You need to be ready for the game with a clear understanding of how to perform," said Martinez. "Clearly the mentality in our camp is to be ready - we can't not be ready after the feeling at the weekend."

    Double negative, all sorts of confusion. I don't think nobody should be allowed to use them.

  120. Feet on the ground lads

    Everton v Middlesbrough (19:45 GMT)

    Middlesbrough players

    Like Hull, Middlesbrough are also flying high in the Championship this season. Boro are second, two points behind leaders Brighton.

    Spaniard Aitor Karanka has put together a side containing been-round-the-block Englishmen such as Grant Leadbitter and Stewart Downing.

    The peppering of international flavour including the likes of midfielder Diego Fabbrini, forward Emilio Nsue and striker Kike have added some panache to the North East side.

    "Just because we are close to the top of the table and we beat Manchester United in the last round and we're playing at home and will be feeling the atmosphere, to be over-confident would be a big mistake," said Karanka. 

  121. Post update

    Stoke v Sheffield Wednesday (19:45 GMT)

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator at the Britannia Stadium

    Half-and-half scarves the order of the day at Stoke.

    Half-and-half scarves
  122. Team news

    Stoke City v Sheffield Wednesday (19:45 GMT)

    Peter Crouch

    Changes aplenty for both sides at the Britannia Stadium with Stoke making five, including giving striker Peter Crouch just his third start of the season. 

    He replaces Bojan, while the Potters fill the void left by suspended captain Ryan Shawcross with Marc Wilson. 

    Stoke starting XI: Butland; Johnson, Wilson, Wollscheid, Pieters; Cameron, Van Ginkel; Walters, Afellay, Arnautovic; Crouch.  

    Sheffield Wednesday make seven changes from the side which drew 2-2 at Blackburn on Saturday. Gary Hooper gets a start up front and 19-year-old keeper Joe Wildsmith starts his first game since the Owls' 3-0 win over Arsenal in the last round.

    Sheffield Wednesday starting XI: Wildsmith, Hunt, Lees, Loovens, Wiggins, Wallace, Lee, Hutchinson, Sougou, Hooper, Joao.

  123. Post update

    Middlesbrough v Everton (19:45 GMT)

    Backstage at the Riverside Stadium...

  124. Team news

    Man City v Hull (19:45 GMT)

    A bit more from the game at the Etihad Stadium..

    Not only is David Silva included in the Manchester City team tonight - he will also captain the side on his first start since 3 October. The Spain midfielder returns as one of five changes from Saturday's 3-1 win against Southampton.

    Talismanic striker Sergio Aguero is missing after his injury scare, with Wilfried Bony starting. Centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, left-back Gael Clichy and winger Jesus Navas also return, with youngsters Cameron Humphreys and Manuel Garcia on the bench.

    Hull City boss Steve Bruce - a Manchester United hero remember - makes seven changes to face City. A defensive looking line-up sees his son Alex Bruce, Ryan Taylor and Andrew Robertson start among the new faces.

  125. Team news

    Middlesbrough v Everton (19:45 GMT)

    Middlesbrough's Tomas Mejias replaces Dimitrios Konstantopoulos in goal.

    Fernando Amorebieta comes into the defence. Forwards Cristhian Stuani and Kike and midfielders Grant Leadbitter and Carlos de Pena also come into the starting XI.

    Middlesbrough starting XI: Mejias, Nsue, Ayala, Gibson, Amorebieta, Stuani, Leadbitter, Clayton, de Pena, Downing, Kike.  

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez makes three changes from the side that drew against Bournemouth.

    Joel Robles replaces Tim Howard in goal, Tom Cleverley is in for Arouna Kone while Leon Osman is named captain and comes in for James McCarthy.

    England left-back Leighton Baines is back in the squad for the first time since May.  

    Everton starting XI: Joel, Galloway, Funes Mori, Stones, Coleman, Barry, Osman, Cleverley, Barkley, Deulofeu, Lukaku.

  126. A path to the semi-finals

    Man City v Hull (1945 GMT)

    Hull striker Abel Hernandez
    Image caption: Hull striker Abel Hernandez is the club's top scorer with eight goals

    Hull were relegated from the Premier League last season and decided to stick with boss Steve Bruce.

    The Tigers have had a good start to life in the Championship, lying in fourth position, just one point off the automatic promotion spots.

    A return to the top flight will be the priority, but does the League Cup matter?

    "Once it gets to this stage everybody takes it seriously," said Brucey. "The big clubs traditionally have used it to see if their young players are good enough.

    "Manchester City will be thinking 'Arsenal are out, Chelsea are out, Manchester United are out', so there's a path forward for them and we also have to think the same thing." #confidence

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