Arsenal FC lost 2-0 away to Burnley FC to crash out of the English League Cup at the quarter-final stage.

Arsène Wenger's team went the same way as Chelsea FC in the previous round – beaten on penalties by Burnley – succumbing to goals early in each half from Kevin McDonald. The 20-year-old Scottish midfielder struck first after six minutes at Turf Moor, turning in the loose ball after Arsenal goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański, under pressure, could only parry a low Chris Eagles cross into his path. McDonald's second came 12 minutes after the interval, when he outmuscled and outpaced Mark Randall to run on to a throw-in, break into the Arsenal area and clip the ball around Fabiański.

In between times, Danish goalkeeper Brian Jensen was an equally influential figure for the side from the Championship, or second tier of English football. Manager Owen Coyle's promotion chasers were grateful for a series of saves by Jensen from Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela and Randall. Fran Mérida went closest for a visiting team showing eleven changes from the starting lineup in Sunday's 2-1 Premier League victory at Chelsea. Burnley were joined in the semi-finals by Derby County FC who also knocked out top-flight opposition, winning 1-0 at Stoke City FC thanks to a Nathan Ellington penalty deep into stoppage time. The Championship side hit the woodwork twice in the second period, before surviving a scare when goalkeeper Roy Carroll kept out Ricardo Fuller. The quarter-final ties continue on Wednesday, with holders Tottenham Hotspur FC visiting Watford FC, and Manchester United FC hosting Blackburn Rovers FC. EUFA

Other results;

Burnley 2 - 0 Arsenal
Stoke City 0 - 1 Derby County
Watford ? - ? Tottenham
Manchester United ? - ? Blackburn R.


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