Peschisolido shocks Chelsea

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A 75th-minute goal from Stoke's Paul Peschisolido sent a humiliated Chelsea out of the Coca-Cola Cup at Stamford Bridge last night, their 12th defeat by cup underdogs in 11 seasons.

Mark Hughes was left protesting that he had been fouled in the build- up, Ray Wallace leaving the Welshman sprawling as he barged through and placed the ball into the path of Peschisolido, who steered a right-foot shot around Dmitri Kharin. Stoke survived a furious siege at the end, with a deflection off their old striker Mark Stein's heel in the last few seconds ricocheting just wide.

Liverpool's one-goal victory at Sunderland which gave them a 3-0 aggregate win was marred by the 27th-minute sending-off of their full-back Rob Jones, along with Sunderland's Martin Smith. Jones was guilty of a rash tackle on Michael Gray, and when Smith slid in to challenge Jones, an ugly incident developed with players from both sides joining in the fighting.

Julian Dicks became a surprise early leader in West Ham's scoring chart as the Upton Park side eased through to the third round. A 48th-minute spot-kick put the Hammers 1-0 up, and brought three penalty strikes in successive games for Dicks. Two more goals were added by Ian Bishop and Tony Cottee to give West Ham a 3-0 victory.

Bristol City took an early lead at St James' Park, but Newcastle, with the benefit of a five-goal lead from the first leg, improved in the second half, with goals from Warren Barton, Les Ferdinand and Philippe Albert, making his comeback after nine months out through injury.

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