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Carling Cup: Stoke edge Tottenham in shoot-out

Stoke City 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (Stoke won 7-6 on penalties): Stoke booked their place in the Carling Cup fourth round after a penalty shoot-out victory over Tottenham at the Britannia Stadium.

The Potters triumphed 7-6 in the shoot-out thanks to Thomas Sorensen's save from Spurs debutant Massimo Luongo.

The game had finished goalless after extra-time, with Sorensen palming a powerful strike by Roman Pavlyuchenko over the bar in the 53rd minute and Stoke substitute Jon Walters failing to convert a one-on-one chance in the additional half-hour.

Stoke suffered an early setback when Kenwyne Jones pulled up with an injury in the 10th minute and had to limp off.

Former Tottenham man Peter Crouch came on to take his place and moments later, Robert Huth — Potters captain for the night in the absence of Ryan Shawcross — nodded the first real chance of the contest off target from Matthew Etherington's corner.

Spurs started the second half brightly, with Jake Livermore curling the ball just the wrong side of the post and Pavlyuchenko smashing a fierce drive goalwards which Sorensen pushed over the bar.

Jermaine Pennant got the better of Benoit Assou-Ekotto on the right flank and cut into the box with five minutes of normal time remaining, but the Potters midfielder took a touch too many.

A quick free-kick just before half-time in extra-time slipped Jon Walters — who had come on for Cameron Jerome — in on goal, but he dragged his shot wastefully wide.

Carroll hit an attempt on the turn that flew off target in the second period and Etherington fired over in the final moments.

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