STOKE-ON-TRENT, England (AP) — Chelsea's miserable start to the season continued on Tuesday after it was knocked out in the fourth round of the English League Cup by 10-man Stoke on penalties.
The defending champion lost 5-4 in the shootout with star playmaker Eden Hazard missing the all-important fifth spot kick for his side.
There was also misery for Premier League rival Arsenal after it was convincingly beaten 3-0 by second-tier Sheffield Wednesday. The Gunners exit was marred further after Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hobbled off with injury.
Penalty shootouts also decided the evening's other two ties with Everton beating Norwich 4-3 following a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park and Hull beating Leicester 5-4 after another 1-1 stalemate.