Cesc Fabregas sent a reminder to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as his extra-time double capped a fine comeback at 10-man Leicester.
The midfielder’s quickfire brace completed the visitors’ recovery as they battled from 2-0 down to win 4-2 after extra-time to reach the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
How about this for a goal from a defender? pic.twitter.com/98x3oICIE7 (doesn't dab after scoring)— WeAreChelseaFC (@WeAreChelseaFC) September 20, 2016
Premier League high-flyers Everton were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Championship side Norwich, who battled to a 2-0 win at Goodison Park.
The Toffees came unstuck when former frontman Steven Naismith, who left for Carrow Road during the January transfer window, put the Canaries ahead four minutes before the break when he scooped the ball into the top-left corner.
When Josh Murphy cracked in an angled drive off the underside of the crossbar on 74 minutes, there was no way back as Alex Neil’s men – second in the Championship table – secured their place in the fourth-round draw.
There was no shock at the City Ground, where a young Arsenal side saw off Nottingham Forest 4-0, with two goals for new signing Lucas Perez.
The Gunners, who made the expected sweeping changes from their 4-1 Premier League win at Hull, went ahead on 23 minutes with a long-range shot from £35million Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka.
Perez, who joined Arsenal from Deportivo La Coruna, netted a penalty on the hour and then added a third goal with a fine individual effort on 71 minutes.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a fourth for the visitors in stoppage time.
Liverpool also avoided an upset away at Championship opposition as they beat Derby 3-0.
Defender Ragnar Klavan put the Reds ahead on 24 minutes, with two goals in the space of five minutes during the second half seeing Liverpool take control of the tie.
Phillippe Coutinho slotted home in the 50th minute, before Divock Origi added a third on 54 minutes after being played into the Rams’ box by the Brazilian.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice on Tuesday as Borussia Dortmund romped to another big win with a 5-1 victory at VfL Wolfsburg to provisionally top the German Bundesliga.
Having hammered both Legia Warsaw and Darmstadt 6-0 in their previous matches, Thomas Tuchel’s Dortmund handed out another drubbing with Gonzalo Castro setting up two of their goals.
Dortmund have scored 17 goals in the last 6 days...💪🏻⚽️ pic.twitter.com/AR7klPLc8R— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) September 20, 2016
Paris Saint-Germain shrugged off their indifferent start to the season to usurp Monaco at the top of Ligue 1 with a routine 3-0 victory over toothless Dijon on Tuesday.
A 3-1 early season loss at Monaco had seen new boss Unai Emery’s honeymoon period cut short as PSG then conceded a late equaliser at home to Saint Etienne in their next match.
But they smashed Caen 6-0 away last week and similarly made light work of struggling Dijon — without ever hitting top gear or creating many chances — thanks to an own goal, an Edinson Cavani penalty and a Lucas header.
Carlos Bacca scored for the second game in a row and M’Baye Niang netted from the penalty spot in a disjointed performance as AC Milan beat Lazio 2-0 at the San Siro on Tuesday.
Bacca struck eight minutes before half-time having notched the late match-winner in Friday night’s 1-0 success at Sampdoria.
Niang sealed the win after earning and then slotting away a spot-kick on an evening in which his performance swung between the sublime and ridiculous.