GLASGOW, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Holders Celtic crashed out of the Scottish League Cup after a dramatic penalty shootout against Falkirk in their quarter-final on Tuesday when Evander Sno missed the target in sudden death.
After a goal-less 90 minutes in the tie, before Celtic's lowest home crowd of the season of 18,684, two goals came within a minute in extra time.
Celtic's Jan Vennegoor had an angled shot deflected towards the back post in 99 minutes where Polish substitute Maciej Zurawski stooped to head home from a metre.
Falkirk surged upfield and Alan Gow whipped the ball across the face of goal seven metres out for Anthony Stokes to side-foot a volley high past keeper Artur Boruc to level the score.
The tie then lurched into penalty kicks where it ended 3-3 and moved to sudden death where Sno blasted his effort high past the left post for a 5-4 win for Falkirk. Falkirk scored through Vitor Lima and Jack Ross while Zurawski buried his spot kick for Celtic.
'We are suffering which you have to after a defeat. We have to deal with it and maybe we used up our luck on Saturday and that's life sometimes,' manager Gordon Strachan told reporters.
Falkirk manager John Hughes was thrilled with the victory.
'I am just so proud we took Celtic to penalty kicks and I am ecstatic that we went onto win it,' he said.
Kilmarnock beat Motherwell 3-2 in their quarter-final clash with a late winner from Australian striker Danny Invincibile.
Invincibile curled home a 70th minute shot to end a thrilling Cup tie which began with Frazer Wright putting Kilmarnock ahead in seven minutes. Motherwell levelled with a Richie Foran penalty in 25 minutes.
Wright grabbed Kilmarnock's second just a minute from the interval only for Motherwell to equalise again with DAvid Clarkson drilling in a low shot in 59 minutes.
Australian striker Invincibile swept in the winner to end a pulsating match in which Motherwell manager Maurice Malpas was sent to the stands.
Rangers face St Johnstone and Hibernian play Hearts in the other ties on Wednesday.