Arsenal humbled by Bradford in League Cup
LONDON (AP) - Arsenal was eliminated in the League Cup quarterfinals with an embarrassing loss to fourth-tier Bradford, falling 3-2 in a penalty shootout Tuesday.
Thomas Vermaelen failed to convert the decisive spot kick for the Premier League giants, having earlier scored an 87th-minute equalizer to take the game into extra time. The match finished at 1-1 after 120 minutes, despite Arsenal fielding a near full-strength team.
Aston Villa joined Bradford in the semifinals by beating Norwich 4-1.
Aston Villa scored three goals in the final 11 minutes. Andreas Weimann scored in the 79th and 85th minutes for Villa and Christian Benteke completed the victory in second-half stoppage time.
Norwich, on a nine-match unbeaten run in the league, went in front on Steve Morison's goal in the 19th minute. Brett Holman tied it 2 minutes later.
ROME (AP) - Roma beat Atalanta 3-0 in the fifth round of the Italian Cup despite playing most of the second half with 10 men.
Miralem Pjanic and Pablo Osvaldo put Roma up 2-0 and Mattia Destro added a goal shortly after halftime. Osvaldo drew a red card 10 minutes into the second half for an elbow on Atalanta defender Carlos Matheu.
Roma and Atalanta fielded lineups that were almost at full strength.