Cardiff keep tryst with Wembley

Cardiff keep tryst with Wembley

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Second tier Cardiff City beat 10-man Championship rivals Crystal Palace 3-1 on penalties on Tuesday to secure a dream League Cup final date at Wembley with Manchester City or Liverpool.

Palace had won their home leg 1-0 thanks to an Anthony Gardner goal and it was the defender who levelled the score on aggregate with a headed own-goal after just seven minutes at the City stadium.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men when captain Patrick McCarthy was sent off for a second yellow with 13 minutes remaining. Extra time failed to break the deadlock and the game went to penalties.

Palace missed their first two spot kicks with Cardiff goalkeeper Tim Heaton saving from Jermaine Easter and Sean Scannell to become his team's hero.

Mirandes upset Espanyol
Third-tier Mirandes pulled off one of the biggest upsets in King's Cup history when they scored in added time to snatch a shock 2-1 comeback win over top-flight side Espanyol on Tuesday that sent them through to the semifinals on away goals.

The 4-4 aggregate result, coming after last week's first leg in Barcelona finished 3-2, prompted wild celebrations at the club's 6,000-capacity stadium and set up a semifinal against Athletic Bilbao or Real Mallorca.

Bilbao are Mirandes's likely opponents in the last four after they beat La Liga rivals Real Mallorca 2-0 at the San Mames.