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Thursday, 28 October 2010 06:58

Manuel Da Costa helps West Ham to Carling Cup win

West Ham United 3-1 Stoke City (after extra time)

Former Portugal under-21 international Manuel da Costa scored during extra time as West Ham United came from behind to beat Stoke City in the Carling Cup.

The defender opened his goalscoring account for the season during the required additional 30 minutes, after the teams had ended normal time level at 1-1. Stoke had led for much of the game through Kenwyne Jones’ 6th minute strike, but the Hammers levelled with five minutes left on the clock when Scott Parker headed home.

Boosted by the late equaliser, West Ham were the stronger side during extra time, and da Costa was on-hand to put his team in front five minutes after play resumed. Substitute Mark Nobel’s run and cutback left the former PSV and Fiorentina man with the simple task of finishing with his left foot from inside the area.

Victor Obinna secured the victory for West Ham two minutes from the end of extra time, and the London club are now awaiting the draw for the quarter finals. Luis Boa Morte also started the match, but was replaced during the second half as West Ham searched for the equaliser.

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