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The Capital One Cup came to an anti-climatic conclusion as Swansea brushed Bradford aside in the Wembley final.
Here, London24 Sport picks out five of the most memorable games.
August 14 - Derby 5 Scunthorpe 5 (Scunthorpe win 7-6 on penalties)
This first-round clash slipped under the radar but it set the scene for what was to come. Derby led 3-0 and 4-1, and four minutes into stoppage time were still 5-3 up. Amazingly, Scunthorpe managed to level before sneaking home in an 18-shot penalty shoot-out.
October 30 - Reading 5 Arsenal 7
The Royals were in dreamland when they romped into a four-goal first-half lead. Arsenal hit back hard, although Theo Walcott’s equaliser did not come until the sixth minute of stoppage time. Further goals were swapped in extra-time before Arsenal scored two more late on to seal an epic win that was described as ‘the most ridiculous game I’ve ever seen’ by our reporter.
October 31 - Chelsea 5 Manchester United 4
Just a day later, the Premier League giants shared a nine-goal thriller. Three times United got their noses in front, only to be pegged back, on the latter occasion when Eden Hazard scored a penalty in the fourth-minute of injury-time. Once Daniel Sturridge scored, the Blues were never headed even if Ryan Giggs’ last-minute effort meant a few nerves at the very end.
December 11 - Bradford 1 Arsenal 1 (Bradford win 3-2 on penalties)
The game that proved miracles do happen. That League Two Bradford eventually required penalties to book a semi-final slot obscures the fact that they were the better team for long periods and came within two minutes of victory in normal time following Garry Thompson’s opener. It took them a bit longer but Matt Duke emerged a hero anyway.
January 9 - Chelsea 0 Swansea 2
No-one could accuse Rafael Benitez of taking this game lightly as all his big guns were involved. They could not contain the flying Swans though as Michu put the visitors in front before Danny Graham capitalised on a mistake by Branislav Ivanovic to give the south Wales side their first win at Stamford Bridge for 87 years.