EFL Cup quarters: Liverpool rolls, Hull City advances in PKs
A Liverpool team without most of its stars still found a way to wear down Leeds United to make its way to the EFL Cup semifinals, while the other Premier League side struggled with its Championship competition.
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The pair of games are a prelude to a duo of high-profile Wednesday quarterfinals, as Southampton and Arsenal play as do West Ham and Manchester United.
Liverpool 2-0 Leeds United
A sincerely second-choice Liverpool hosted Garry Monk and Leeds United on Tuesday, with Divock Origi sliding to poke Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross home in the 76th minute. Ben Woodburn, 17, made it 2-0 when he finished a cross-six combination between Georginio Wiljnaldum and Origi.
The Reds should’ve been up at the break, and Emre Can came oh-so-close to prodding a bad giveaway home in the 33rd minute when his toe-poke rolled agonizingly wide of the Leeds goal.
And the Whites didn’t go away at all. In fact, Leeds’ counter was electric apart from the finish as the game passed the hour mark and crept toward extra time.
Both sides hit a post in the second half, with Wijnaldum belting one off the far post in the 72nd minute before United blocked a rebound effort.
Hull City 1-1 (3-1, PKs) Newcastle United
Rafa Benitez’s Magpies lead the Championship division, and looked the part of a Premier League side in battling the relegation-struggling Tigers. Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie, and Mohamed Diame were among those belting first half shots close to goal.
The second half saw Hull find chances through Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass, the latter especially dangerous for the hosts.
Things got dicey as the match neared extra time, with a confrontation between Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles and Hull’s Dieumerci Mbokani and Tom Huddlestone ended with Mbokani sent off.
It was off to extra time, where ex-Hull man Diame’s goal off a Vurnon Anita cross was immediately countered by Snodgrass to leave it 1-1 after 105 minutes.
USMNT man DeAndre Yedlin entered the game in the 109th minute, and missed a late chance to win it.
Jonjo Shelvey was saved by Eldin Jakupovic on Newcastle’s first penalty, and Dwight Gayle missed the Magpies’ second offer. Hull made its first three, and Yoan Gouffran had his saved. The Tigers moved on.