Carling Cup round-up
Hargreaves back with a bang; Cardiff win on penalties
Last Updated: September 21, 2011 11:05pm
Steven Gerrard returned to action in Liverpool's victory at Brighton in the third round of the Carling Cup on a night when 10-man Chelsea knocked out West London derby rivals Fulham on penalties.
Click below for individual match reports:Brighton 1 Liverpool 2
Cardiff 2 Leicester 2 (7-6 on pens)
Chelsea 0 Fulham 0 (4-3 on pens)
Man City 2 Birmingham 0
Southampton 2 Preston 1
Everton 2 West Brom 1 (AET)
Owen Hargreaves marked his Manchester City debut in style by helping to eliminate holders Birmingham, while Everton will also be in the hat for Saturday's fourth-round draw after defeating Premier League rivals West Brom in extra-time.
There was also spot-kick drama in Cardiff's penalty shoot-out win over Leicester, but Southampton made easier work of their tie by maintaining an excellent home record with a win over Preston.
Craig Bellamy's first goal since his return to Liverpool set Kenny Dalglish's men on their way to a 2-1 win at Brighton, while Gerrard made his comeback from a six-month injury absence as a second-half substitute.
Ten-man Chelsea were forced to battle to a penalties against Fulham after Brazilian defender Alex's debatable second-half red card in a 0-0 draw and Andre Villas-Boas' men then dramatically won 4-3 in the shoot-out.
Injury-plagued Hargreaves played his first competitive action since last November and his opening goal on his Manchester City debut helped earn an impressive 2-0 win over Chris Hughton's Birmingham.
Everton staged a dramatic, late comeback to knockout West Brom, as Marouane Fellaini's 89th minute equaliser forced extra-time at Goodison Park before Phil Neville won the match in the 103rd minute.
Sven Goran Eriksson's Leicester drew 2-2 with Cardiff after extra-time in Wales, but the home side then won a tense penalty shoot-out with a 7-6 sudden-death victory.
Southampton's excellent start to the season continued, as Adam Lallana's second-half goal earned Nigel Adkins' Championship table-toppers a 2-1 victory over League One Preston and a 15th successive win at St Mary's.