Stoke City survived a fight-back by Birmingham City to claim a penalty shoot-out win in the Capital One Cup.

Tom Adeyemi cancelled out Oussama Assaidi's opener before Birmingham had Wade Elliott sent off.

Strikes from Peter Crouch and Marko Arnautovic put Stoke in command only for a late Peter Lovenkrands double to force extra time.

Kenwyne Jones gave Stoke the lead but Olly Lee took the game to penalties, where the Potters came out on top 4-2.

Steven N'Zonzi netted the winning spot-kick as Stoke reached the last eight of the competition, keeping alive their hopes of lifting the League Cup for the first time since 1972.

Stoke's long search for silverware

  • The last major trophy Stoke City won was 41 years ago, when they beat Chelsea 2-1 to win the 1972 League Cup

The result was perhaps a little cruel on Birmingham, who had twice shown great resolve to come from behind, despite having played much of the game with 10 men.

There was little to suggest that such a thrilling finale was on the cards as Stoke had the better of the opening period, taking the lead through a fine strike by Assaidi.

The on-loan Liverpool winger ran on to Marc Muniesa's smart back-heel to rifle a 30-yard strike into the back of the net via the underside of the crossbar.

A breakaway attack brought Birmingham level when Lee Novak flicked the ball into the path of Adeyemi, who confidently slotted the ball beyond Thomas Sorensen.

But as quickly as that goal raised the home fans hopes, they were subsequently dashed when Elliott was sent off just before half-time as he was judged to have raised his elbow on Assaidi.

Stoke looked to have taken full advantage as Crouch placed a header beyond Birmingham keeper Colin Doyle, before Arnautovic fired in from N'Zonzi's pass to put the visitors 3-1 ahead.

With nothing to lose, Birmingham manager Lee Clark introduced Lovenkrands and Lee.

It proved to be an inspired change as Lovenkrands scored twice in the final five minutes.

First, the Dane stabbed in from close range before snatching a dramatic equaliser in stoppage time, poking home after Demarai Gray's effort was parried by Sorensen.

Stoke substitute Jones regained the lead for Stoke early in extra time, rounding Doyle after being picked out by Stephen Ireland, but Lee's strike from distance - his first goal for Birmingham - took the game to penalties.

That proved to be a step too far for the home side. They missed their first two spot-kicks while Stoke scored all of theirs to progress to the quarter-finals.

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark:

"It was a close game in the first half, we went down to 10 men and it becomes even harder.

"But the players showed tremendous spirit to take the game to where we took it. At penalties it becomes a lottery and unfortunately a couple of my lads missed penalties. But no matter what happened in the penalties, they had done me and the supporters proud.

"I think the fans are proud of their team tonight. As long as the players and fans stick together, we will have a good chance of progressing."

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes:

"I will keep on harking back, but it shouldn't have even got to that point. We will take the prize that was on offer, which is a spot in the last eight of the Capital One Cup and move on.

"We will hopefully keep on progressing in the competition but there are a lot of things that we need to learn from tonight.

"I am obviously pleased to have got through, but we need to be better in similar circumstances in the future, that is for sure."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Birmingham City

  • 13 Doyle
  • 31 Caddis
  • 18 Hancox
  • 17 Reilly
  • 04 Robinson
  • 06 Burn
  • 15 Elliott Dismissed
  • 24 Adeyemi (Lee - 79' )
  • 19 Zigic (Løvenkrands - 79' )
  • 12 Novak
  • 27 Ferguson (Gray - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Bartley
  • 08 Mullins
  • 11 Løvenkrands
  • 20 Lee
  • 22 Shinnie
  • 30 Townsend
  • 33 Gray

Stoke City

  • 29 Sørensen
  • 05 Muniesa
  • 12 Wilson Booked
  • 08 Palacios
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 04 Huth
  • 07 Pennant (Shea - 76' Booked )
  • 15 N'Zonzi
  • 10 Arnautovic Booked (Ireland - 71' )
  • 25 Crouch (Jones - 81' )
  • 24 Assaidi

Substitutes

  • 01 Begovic
  • 03 Pieters
  • 09 Jones
  • 11 Shea
  • 16 Adam
  • 19 Walters
  • 32 Ireland
Ref: Andy D'Urso
Att: 13,436

Match Stats

Shots

9 12

On target

5 8

Corners

3 5

Fouls

11 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Birmingham City 4(2), Stoke City 4(4).

120:00 +6:26

Penalty Shootout ends, Birmingham City 4(2), Stoke City 4(4).

120:00 +0:59

Penalty missed! Still Birmingham City 4(2), Stoke City 4(4). Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) hits the bar with a left footed shot.

120:00 +0:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 4(2), Stoke City 4(4). Kenwyne Jones (Stoke City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

120:00 +0:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 4(2), Stoke City 4(3). Oliver Lee (Birmingham City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

120:00 +0:35

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) left footed shot is close, but misses to the right. Callum Reilly should be disappointed.

120:00 +0:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 4(1), Stoke City 4(3). Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

120:00 +0:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 4, Stoke City 4(3). Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

120:00 +0:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 4, Stoke City 4(2). Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

120:00 +0:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 4, Stoke City 4(1). Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

120:00 Penalty shootout

Penalty Shootout begins Birmingham City 4, Stoke City 4.

120:00 +2:16

Second Half Extra Time ends, Birmingham City 4, Stoke City 4.

120:00 +1:37

Attempt missed. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

120:00 +0:04

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

117:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 4, Stoke City 4. Oliver Lee (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

116:42

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Colin Doyle.

114:32

Attempt saved. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

113:15

Foul by Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City).

113:15

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

111:45 Booking

Booking Marc Wilson (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

111:35

Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

111:35

Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).

109:20

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

109:20

Foul by Brek Shea (Stoke City).

106:30

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

105:00

Second Half Extra Time begins Birmingham City 3, Stoke City 4.

106:02

First Half Extra Time ends, Birmingham City 3, Stoke City 4.

103:01

Attempt missed. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

100:14

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Colin Doyle.

100:00

Attempt saved. Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

93:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 3, Stoke City 4. Kenwyne Jones (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.

90:00

First Half Extra Time begins Birmingham City 3, Stoke City 3.

90:00 +5:35 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Birmingham City 3, Stoke City 3.

90:00 +2:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 3, Stoke City 3. Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

90:00 +1:01

Foul by Dan Burn (Birmingham City).

90:00 +1:01

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:28

Foul by Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City).

88:28

Kenwyne Jones (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:44 Booking

Booking Brek Shea (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

87:39

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:39

Foul by Brek Shea (Stoke City).

87:14

Foul by Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City).

87:14

Marc Wilson (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:24

Attempt saved. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

84:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 2, Stoke City 3. Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Callum Reilly following a set piece situation.

83:42

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:42

Foul by Marc Muniesa (Stoke City).

80:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Kenwyne Jones replaces Peter Crouch.

80:22

Foul by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).

80:22

Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Peter Løvenkrands replaces Nikola Zigic.

78:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Oliver Lee replaces Tom Adeyemi.

78:37

Attempt missed. Dan Burn (Birmingham City) header from outside the box is just a bit too high.

77:30

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

75:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Brek Shea replaces Jermaine Pennant.

74:23

Attempt missed. Dan Burn (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

74:02

Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:02

Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).

73:28

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

73:03

Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

73:03

Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Stephen Ireland replaces Marko Arnautovic.

70:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 1, Stoke City 3. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Steven N'Zonzi.

67:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Demarai Gray replaces Shane Ferguson.

63:18

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

63:18

Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:37

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Callum Reilly.

56:00

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

55:58

Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City).

54:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 1, Stoke City 2. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc Muniesa with a cross.

52:50

Attempt missed. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

48:33

Attempt saved. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Birmingham City 1, Stoke City 1.

45:00 +3:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Stoke City 1.

45:00 +1:20 Dismissal

Dismissal Wade Elliott (Birmingham City) is shown the red card for fighting.

45:00 +1:01 Booking

Booking Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

39:39

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

39:05

Attempt saved. Robert Huth (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

37:06

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

37:06

Jermaine Pennant (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:38

Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:38

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

34:51

Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:51

Foul by Wilson Palacios (Stoke City).

32:44

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Shane Ferguson.

31:44

Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:44

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

29:37

Foul by Wade Elliott (Birmingham City).

29:37

Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 1, Stoke City 1. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lee Novak.

24:37

Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

22:11

Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:11

Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City).

21:39

Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:39

Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).

21:03

Foul by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).

21:03

Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16:52

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Robert Huth.

13:23

Foul by Wilson Palacios (Stoke City).

13:23

Lee Novak (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 0, Stoke City 1. Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

8:14

Marc Wilson (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:14

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

5:00

Marc Wilson (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:57

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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