Stoke City 1-1 Chelsea (Stoke win 5-4 on pens): Blues knocked out of Capital One Cup
Holders Chelsea have been knocked out of the Capital One Cup on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Stoke in the fourth round.
The pressure on Jose Mourinho intensified on Tuesday night after his Chelsea side were dumped out of the Capital One Cup on penalties by 10-man Stoke.
The beleaguered boss, looking for some respite from his team's awful form in the Barclays Premier League, found only more misery as Eden Hazard's spot-kick was saved by Jack Butland following a 1-1 draw, giving Stoke a 5-4 shoot-out success.
The defeat was Chelsea's fourth in their last six games in all competitions and will turn up the heat yet further on the under-fire Portuguese manager.
The holders looked set to lose in 90 minutes as Jonathan Walters' 52nd-minute goal, a fine shot on the turn from the edge of the area, put the Potters in front.
But Loic Remy, on for the injured Diego Costa before half-time, fired home in injury-time when the ball broke to him following a corner, and Stoke lost Phil Bardsley to a second yellow card shortly after.
But the hosts held on for penalties and after nine successful attempts Butland denied Hazard to send Stoke into the quarter-finals.
Mourinho's nemesis Arsene Wenger also faced scrutiny as his Arsenal side fell to a humiliating 3-0 loss at Sky Bet Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.
The Gunners lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and his replacement Theo Walcott to injury inside the opening 20 minutes and were two goals down at half-time thanks to Ross Wallace's sharp finish in the 27th minute and Lucas Joao's towering header in the 40th.
The visitors' hopes of a second-half fightback were dashed six minutes after the restart when Sam Hutchinson grabbed a close-range third.
Out-of-form Norwich threatened an unexpected result too when Sebastien Bassong fired them into a 51st-minute lead at Everton, but Leon Osman equalised 17 minutes later.
It was 1-1 at the end of extra-time, Everton winning 4-3 on penalties, with Wes Hoolahan and Nathan Redmond missing for Norwich.
Hull were also successful on penalties, knocking out Leicester 5-4 after a 1-1 draw.
Riyad Mahrez failed with the first attempt of the shoot-out, having earlier put the Foxes in front 10 minutes into extra-time - a goal that was soon matched by Hull's Abel Hernandez.
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