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The 2006–07 Football League Cup (known as the Carling Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 47th staging of the Football League Cup, a knock-out competition for the top 92 football clubs played in English football league system. The competition name reflects a sponsorship deal with lager brand Carling.

2006–07 Football League Cup
Carling Cup, League Cup
Country England
 Wales
Teams92
Defending championsManchester United
ChampionsChelsea (4th title)
Runners-upArsenal
Top goal scorer(s)Jermaine Easter
Júlio Baptista
(6 goals)

The competition began in August 2006 and ended with the final on 25 February 2007. The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff hosted the final, as the reconstruction of Wembley Stadium could not be completed in time to host the final.

The winners were Chelsea, beating Arsenal in the final 2-1 after two goals by Didier Drogba.

FormatEdit

 
Pre-match presentation at the 2007 final between Chelsea and Arsenal at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

The competition consists of five single elimination rounds (taking place only on week-nights) before a two-legged semi-final and then a final match at a neutral venue. The venue for each fixture in round one to the finals will not be neutral. It will be the home ground of one of the two clubs in each fixture, and will be decided as part of the draw for each round.

There are no replays in the competition. If necessary, extra-time and penalties will decide each tie's winners on the night.

Early roundsEdit

First RoundEdit

The 72 Football League clubs compete from the first round, which is divided into North and South sections. Each section is divided equally into a pot of seeded clubs and a pot of unseeded clubs. Clubs' rankings depend upon their finishing position in the 2005-06 season. Therefore, the clubs relegated from the Premier League in 2006; Sunderland (North), Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion (South) are the top seeds, and the clubs newly promoted to the Football League — Accrington Stanley and Hereford United — are bottom seeds in north and south sections respectively.

  • At 12:00 BST on 21 June 2006, seeded clubs and unseeded clubs were paired off to create the first round draw.
  • The small numbers represent the seeding.
  • Ties are shown in order of the draw.

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Second RoundEdit

In Round 2, the 36 winners from Round 1 were joined by the 12 Premier League clubs not participating in European competitions. The draw took place on 26 August 2006 and matches were played during the week commencing 18 September.

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance
1 Leeds United 3–1 Barnet 7,220
2 Watford 0–0 Accrington Stanley 8,368
0–0 after extra time — Watford win 6–5 on penalties
3 Crewe Alexandra 2–0 Wigan Athletic 3,907
4 Doncaster Rovers 3–3 Derby County 5,598
3–3 after extra time — Doncaster Rovers win 8–7 on penalties
5 Sheffield United 1–0 Bury 6,273
6 Millwall 0–4 Southampton 5,492
7 West Bromwich Albion 3–1 Cheltenham Town 10,974
8 Peterborough United 1–2 Everton 10,756
9 Hereford United 1–3 Leicester City 4,073
10 Port Vale 3–2 Queens Park Rangers 3,550
11 Fulham 1–2 Wycombe Wanderers 6,620
12 Hull City 0–0 Hartlepool United 6,392
0–0 after extra time — Hull City win 3–2 on penalties
13 Walsall 1–3 Bolton Wanderers 6,243
14 Middlesbrough 0–1 Notts County 11,148
15 Charlton Athletic 1–0 Carlisle United 8,190
16 Barnsley 1–2 Milton Keynes Dons 4,411
17 Chesterfield 2–1 Manchester City 7,960
18 Scunthorpe United 1–2 Aston Villa 6,502
19 Southend United 3–2 Brighton & Hove Albion 4,819
20 Brentford 0–3 Luton Town 3,005
21 Reading 3–3 Darlington 10,353
3–3 after extra time — Reading win 4–2 on penalties
22 Birmingham City 1–1 Wrexham 10,491
Birmingham City win 4–1 after extra time
23 Rotherham United 2–4 Norwich City 3,958
24 Mansfield Town 1–2 Portsmouth 6,646

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Third RoundEdit

Round 3 was drawn on 23 September from the 24 remaining clubs and the eight Premier League clubs in European competitions. The ties were played the week of 23 October:

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance
1 Wycombe Wanderers 1–1 Doncaster Rovers 3,308
2–2 after extra time — Wycombe win 3–2 on penalties
2 Sheffield United 2–4 Birmingham City 10,584
3 Leicester City 2–2 Aston Villa 27,288
Aston Villa win 3–2 after extra time
4 Watford 2–1 Hull City 8,274
5 Leeds United 1–3 Southend United 10,449
6 Chesterfield 2–1 West Ham United 7,787
7 Notts County 2–0 Southampton 6,731
8 Newcastle United 3–0 Portsmouth 25,028
9 Charlton Athletic 1–0 Bolton Wanderers 10,788
10 Liverpool 4–3 Reading 42,445
11 West Bromwich Albion 0–2 Arsenal 21,566
12 Port Vale 0–0 Norwich City 4,518
0–0 after extra time — Port Vale win 3–2 on penalties
13 Everton 4–0 Luton Town 27,149
14 Milton Keynes Dons 0–5 Tottenham Hotspur 8,306
15 Crewe Alexandra 1–1 Manchester United 10,046
Manchester United win 2–1 after extra time
16 Blackburn Rovers 0–2 Chelsea 14,732

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Fourth RoundEdit

The Fourth Round draw was made on 25 October 2006.


Chelsea4–0Aston Villa
Lampard   32'
Shevchenko   65'
Essien   82'
Drogba   84'
Report
Attendance: 41,516

Chesterfield3–3 (a.e.t.)
3–4p
Charlton Athletic
Larkin   2'
Folan   47'
Allison   120'
Report Hasselbaink   40'93'
Bent   73'
Attendance: 7,000


Notts County0–1Wycombe Wanderers
Report Easter   49'
Attendance: 7,395


Tottenham Hotspur3–1 (a.e.t.)Port Vale
Huddlestone   80'99'
Defoe   107'
Report Constantine   64'
Attendance: 34,560
Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)

Watford2–2 (a.e.t.)
4–5p
Newcastle United
Francis   69'
Shittu   108'
Report Sibierski   3'
Parker   116'
Attendance: 16,791

Later roundsEdit

Quarter-finalsEdit

The quarter-final draw was made on 11 November 2006 at 12:00 GMT.


Liverpool3–6Arsenal
Fowler   33'
Gerrard   68'
Hyypiä   80'
Report Aliadière   27'
Baptista   40'45+2'60'84'
Song   45'
Attendance: 42,614

Newcastle United0–1Chelsea
Report Drogba   79'

Tottenham Hotspur1–0 (a.e.t.)Southend United
Defoe   115' Report
Attendance: 35,811

Semi-finalsEdit

The semi-final draw was made on 23 December 2006 at 12:00 GMT. Unlike the other rounds, the semi-final ties were played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home.

First legEdit

Wycombe Wanderers1–1Chelsea
Easter   77' Report Bridge   36'
Attendance: 9,771
Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)

Tottenham Hotspur2–2Arsenal
Berbatov   12'
Baptista   20' (o.g.)
Report Baptista   64'77'
Attendance: 35,485

Second legEdit

Chelsea4–0Wycombe Wanderers
Shevchenko   22'43'
Lampard   69'90'
Report
Attendance: 41,591
Referee: Mike Dean (Cheshire)

Chelsea won 5–1 on aggregate.


Arsenal3–1 (a.e.t.)Tottenham Hotspur
Adebayor   77'
Aliadière   105'
Chimbonda   113' (o.g.)
Report Mido   85'
Attendance: 59,872

Arsenal won 5–3 on aggregate.

FinalEdit

Arsenal1–2Chelsea
Walcott   12' (Report) Drogba   20'84'

See alsoEdit

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