EFL Cup: Manchester City knocked out; as Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool cruise to next round


There were nine huge EFL Cup ties on Wednesday with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all in action, Reelradio.com.ng reports.

Here’s what went down.

Man City knocked out at Newcastle

Manchester City’s quadruple hopes are over after last year’s runners-up Newcastle United knocked them out at St.James’ Park.

Pep Guardiola’s side had over 70% of the ball in the first half with the hosts failing to get out of their own half but failed to make the breakthrough.

The Magpies came out in the second half a decent team becoming much more forceful and got their reward early on as Joelinton strode into the box before driving a low cross in for Alexander Isak to turn home at the far post.

City pushed for an equaliser and the home fans were left open-mouthed in the last minute when Rico Lewis drove a low shot from the edge of the area but the ball glanced just wide of the far post.

Chelsea end long-goal wait to go through

Chelsea finally scored as an improved performance saw them see off Brighton at Stamford Bridge.

Brighton were the better side in the first half and were left wondering how they didn’t go into the break in-front after goalkeeper Robert Sanchez passed the ball straight into the path of Joao Pedro but his chip landed on the roof of the net.

Chelsea’s long wait for a goal ended five minutes into the second half as Nicolas Jackson bagged the club’s first goal in September, and their first in four matches.

The Seagulls were caught in possession high up-field which allowed Cole Palmer to slip the ball into the path of the Senegalese forward to slot into the bottom corner from 14 yards out.

Szoboszlai stunner as Liverpool come from behind

Liverpool came from behind to see off Leicester City at Anfield courtesy of a stunner from Dominik Szoboszlai.

Leicester stormed into the led after just two minutes when the visitors pulled off a rapid counter-attack from a poor Liverpool free-kick with Yunus Akgun sliding in Kasey McAteer to slot into the bottom corner.

Jürgen Klopp’s side pressed for the equaliser with Ben Doak hitting the crossbar from three yards out before Conor Coady cleared Cody Gakpo’s header off the line.

But the Dutchman wasn’t to be denied at the start of the second half as he turned and guided the ball into the bottom corner with a right-footed strike from just inside the area after being played in by Ryan Gravenberch.

Szoboszlai came from the bench to deal a blow to the Championship league leaders, rocketing into the top corner from 25-yards out before Dioga Jota sealed the win with a clever back-heel finish late on.

Nelson winner sees Arsenal through

Arsenal saw off Premier League rivals Brentford to progress after hard-fought contest in west London.

The Gunners stormed ahead early on when Eddie Nketiah took advantage of a poor backpass by Mathias Jorgensen to set up Reiss Nelson to slide home from close range.

Aaron Ramsdale, back in goal in the place of David Raya pulled off a stunning save to deny Frank Onyenka’s long-range effort before Jakub Kiwior provided a sensational block off the line to keep out Keane Lewis-Potter’s effort.

Everton dump Aston Villa out

Everton’s improvement continues as they took advantage of a sloppy Aston Villa to move into the last-16.

Robin Olsen made a hash of a clearance which allowed the Toffees to take full advantage – Amadou Onana slipped in James Garner to smash home.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin put the game beyond doubt early in the second half, racing on to a poor backpass from Youri Tielemans before striding through on goal and slotting the ball into the bottom corner for his second goal in as many games.

Boubacar Kamara did pull one back with a deflected strike but it proved to be only a consolation for the hosts.

West Ham survive Lincoln scare

West Ham survived a scare to see off a resilient Lincoln City side courtesy of Tomas Soucek’s second-half goal.

The Hammers didn’t have it their own way in the first half of their clash with the League One side and were perhaps lucky not to go into the break behind.

But Soucek got away from his marker to turn in Said Benrahma’s corner to save the day for David Moyes’ men.

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