Carabao Cup Round of 16 Review: A new hero at the Emirates, Palace woeful and the ball was too light for City

EFL Cup Review

After two terrific days of cup action, 16 teams have now become 8, with no less than 7 Premier League teams progressing to the next round.

Arsenal 2-1 Norwich City (1-1 AET)

Arsene Wenger made 11 changes to his Starting XI for yesterday’s game against Norwich. The Canaries took the lead after James Maddison took the ball from a slipped over Tom Tryball and fed Josh Murphy who raced through and dinked it over an outcoming Matthew Macey in the Arsenal goal.

Arsenal’s unlikely hero came in the form of Eddie Nketiah who scored just 15 seconds after being substituted on from Theo Walcott’s driven corner and Francis Coquelin’s flick on landed at his foot for him to finish it past the diving Norwich keeper. Nketiah then struck again 6 minutes into the first half of extra time from yet another corner after he rose above the Norwich defenders with the keeper Angus Gunn failing to come out.

AFC Bournemouth 3-1 Middlesbrough

It took until the second half for either team to score however the hosts took the lead after Ryan Fraser’s corner reached debutant Jack Simpson who could slot the ball past the Middlesbrough goalkeeper from a half volley.

Middlesbrough didn’t trail behind for long as Adama Traore broke through from his own half to play through teenager Marcus Tavernier who was able to put it past experienced keeper Artur Boruc. Jack Simpson was involved yet again when he won his side a penalty after he was brought down by Dael Fry from a corner, Callum Wilson who returned after a 9-month absence due to injury stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to put the Cherries a goal up. Wilson then turned provider as he turned the Middlesbrough defender and run into the box to pass it across goal to Benik Afobe who was sliding in back post to make the score 3-1.

Bristol City 4-1 Crystal Palace

Bristol City stunned yet another Premier League team by coming from behind to beat Roy Hodgson’s men. Hodgson’s men took the lead after Ruben Loftus-Cheek played through Bakary Sako to slot the ball through the keeper’s legs just after 20 minutes. Bristol City soon replied after a catastrophic mistake from Patrick van Aanholt lead to Matt Taylor being gifted the ball to volley past Wayne Hennessey. Palace then conceded 5 minutes later after they failed to clear a long thrown in from Hordur Magnusson as Milan Djuric was quickest to react and fire the ball past the keeper.

Joe Bryan unleashed an unstoppable shot on the hour mark from the edge of the area that had the keeper well beaten to put the home side 3-1 up, another quickfire goal from Callum O’Dowda after a poor clearance by Jason Puncheon gifted the him the chance to fire in from long range to leave Bristol City the only Championship club still in the competition.

Leicester City 3-1 Leeds United

Michael Appleton wins his first game as caretaker manager for Leicester City as they come from behind to beat Thomas Christiansen’s men. Ex Swansea city man Pablo Hernandez opened the scoring for Leeds after beating 4 different Leicester players before beating Ben Hamer with some help from the crossbar to put the visitors in the lead. However, less than 5 minutes later Kelechi Iheanacho produced a reply after his left-footed effort from the edge of the area beat the diving Leeds goalkeeper.

Islam Slimani put the host’s 2-1 up in the second half after Vicente Iborra’s through ball reached Iheanacho and he played it across goal for the Algerian to slide the ball into the net. Riyad Mahrez made an appearance off the bench and scored the third for Leicester after his solo run from the right-hand side to the edge of the box allowed him to have a chance on the edge of the box that the Leeds keeper couldn’t get near to pushing The Foxes into the quarterfinals.

Swansea City 0-2 Manchester United

Jesse Lingard’s double helped see Manchester United through to the next round of the cup. Lingard scored his first just after 20 minutes as Ander Herrera’s through ball got flicked on by Marcus Rashford into Lingard’s path who managed to slot it into the right-hand corner past the helpless Swansea goalkeeper.

Lingard’s second came just before the hour mark as Matteo Darmian’s cross reached to the edge of the box with Lingard guiding the ball with his head past the Swansea keeper to double his tally and double United’s tally. United could have easily had a third as Lingard’s corner met Chris Smalling’s header who forced a save out of Kristoffer Nordfeldt who dropped the ball to Axel Tuanzebe’s feet who could only fire over from 3 yards out.

Manchester City 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers AET (4-1 Pens)

Claudio Bravo saved the day after City fail to score in a game for the first time since April. The best chance of the first half fell to Sergio Aguero who was looking to break Manchester City’s all-time scoring record. He created a yard on the edge of the box and let could only force a save out of Wolves goalkeeper. Raheem Sterling then set the Argentine up again just inside the box but he could only force his shot wide. Bright Enobakhare had Wolves best chance of the first half as Eliaquim Mangala failed to clear the ball, Enobakhare pickpocketed the French international and raced through on goal but Bravo kept the opportunity out.

Manchester City could’ve had a penalty in the second half after Sergio Aguero got brought down in the area after Danilo’s cross in and he seemed to get pulled back by a Wolves defender however the ref played on.

Wolves won the toss and chose to kick first with Bonatini stepping up to take the first penalty he slotted the ball past Claudio Bravo to put Wolves ahead. Kevin De Bruyne and Yaya Toure then stepped up for City with the competition taking the ABBA system and both City players confidently slotted it past Will Norris to put Manchester City 2-1 up on penalties. Alfred N’Diaye then stepped up for Wolves however he had his effort saved by Bravo after slipping over. Conor Coady then stepped up the face the Chilean but he had his spot kick saved by Bravo as well. Leroy Sane stepped up to take the penultimate penalty and blasted it past Norris with some help from the crossbar to make it 3-1 to City. Sergio Aguero stepped up to take the final penalty and chose to panenka the keeper to help City reach the quarter-final.

Chelsea 2-1 Everton

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea beat managerless Everton to progress into the next round. Chelsea’s first goal came after a short corner from Willian who played it short to Charley Musonda who crossed it on his right foot and found Antonio Rudiger back post who managed to head it back across goal and score his first goal for Chelsea.

Willian doubled Chelsea’s lead deep into extra time of the second half after a quick one-two with Cesc Fabregas to cut in the box and released a right footed shot that hit the right-hand post of Jordan Pickford’s net and went in. Everton struck back straight away as Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a consolation goal.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-3 West Ham United

West Ham came from 2 down to win under the lights at Wembley. Moussa Sissoko scored Tottenham’s first after just 5 minutes, Son Heung-min broke through past Sam Byram and Declan Rice to play Sissoko one on one with Adrian as he slotted it past the Spaniard. Dele Alli soon doubled Tottenham’s lead after his curling shot deflected off Declan Rice and beat Adrian again.

It took 10 minutes into the second half for West Ham to make their comeback with Lanzini’s corner being cleared to the edge of the box for Edimilson Fernandes to only force Vorm to parry his shot into the path of Andre Ayew who couldn’t miss from 2 yards out. Ayew soon doubled his tally 5 minutes later after Andy Carroll’s flicked on header landed to Lanzini’s feet who played it onto Ayew who didn’t miss from 6 yards out. West Ham’s third and final goal came just 10 minutes later as Manuel Lanzini’s corner curled into the box and Angelo Ogbonna rose above Son Heung-min to put West Ham into the quarterfinals.