Man City and Leicester through in Carabao Cup
The first five matches in the Carabao Cup round of 16 have been played on Tuesday 29 October. So, we now know the first five teams that will play in the quarter finals of this English cup tournament. Manchester City and Leicester City are the biggest names amongst the teams that qualified for the next round. In this post we discuss all results of the first five round of 16 matches. With only 8 teams remaining after this round, the Carabao Cup final is getting a realistic target for the remaining teams.
Everton versus Watford 2-0
For a long time, this match was destined to go towards a penalty shoot-out, but it was Mason Holgate who opened to score for the home team in the 72nd minute of this match. Now Watford needed to score to force an equaliser, but they left space behind their defence in their attempts to go forwards. Richarlison, former Watford player, used the space Watford left behind their defence and decided this match in extra time by scoring the 2-0.
Manchester City versus Southampton 3-1
Southampton got destroyed by Leicester City in the Premier League just a few days ago, so nobody expected a result from them in this match against Man City. For a short period of time the Saints could cope with Man City’s attacking force, but it was Otamendi who headed the ball in the back of the net in the 20th minute. 18 minutes later Sergio Aguero decided this match just before half time when scoring the 2-0. Another goal by Aguero in the second half and one back for the Saints by Jack Stephens brought the final score to 3-1 in favour of Manchester City. The defending cup winners go through to the quarter final and are still able to defend their trophy.
Burton Albion versus Leicester City
The Foxes are in an amazing form this season and even with a lot of replacements, they had an easy run in this match against Burton Albion. Kelechi Ihaenacho opened the score with 7 minutes after the start. Only 13 minutes later Yoeri Tielemans scored the 0-2 for the Foxes. Liam Boyce scored the 1-2 in the 52nd minute. This goal made the match quite interesting where Burton Albion needed just one more goal to force a penalty shoot-out. In there attempts to get the equaliser they left space which eventually led to the 1-3 by James Maddison.
Crawley Town versus Colchester United
This battle between 2 League two contenders started of really well. Dannie Bulman opened the score for Crawley Town in the 20th minute, but two minutes later Luke Norris already scored the equaliser. An own goal by Crawley goalkeeper Ngemba Luyambula gave the lead to Colchester United in the second half. Luke Gambin scored the 1-3 for the away team, shooting his team definitely to the Carabao Cup quarter finals.
Oxford United versus Sunderland
Before this match all the signs said this was going to be a close call. Both teams play in the League One and there is currently only three points between them on the table. The home team took the lead when Robert Hall opened the score in the 25th minute. Sunderland’s efforts to come back in the game got rewarded when Mark McNulty scored the equaliser in the 78th minute. Both teams played with the brakes on in the remainder of this match and penalty shoot-out was necessary to call a winner. Mark McNulty, who scored the equaliser in regular time, missed the 4th Sunderland penalty, after William Grigg missed the third one. Four netted penalties by Oxford United were enough for the home team to go through to the quarter finals.