League Cup Roundup: Liverpool survive 15-round shootout, Arsenal out
The third round of the League Cup got underway today with ten games, including three all-Premier League match-ups. Southampton earned a hard win away at Arsenal, while Stoke City came from behind to defeat Sunderland. Everton looked sluggish once again as Swansea City handed the Toffees a 3-0 defeat.
Liverpool will move onto the fourth round after a wild match that saw Championship side Middlesbrough force penalties with a goal in the 123rd minute. The shootout went an amazing 15 rounds before an Albert Adomah miss gave Liverpool the 14-13 win in one of the most unbelievable games you will ever see.
Arsenal 1 Southampton 2
Ronald Koeman’s men continue their strong run of play with a big 2-1 win at the Emirates. First half goals from Dusan Tadic and Nathaniel Clyne helped lead the Saints over Arsenal following Alexis Sanchez’s opener.
Sunderland 1 Stoke City 2
A Jozy Altidore strike gave Sunderland an early lead, but a brace from Marc Muniesa helped push Stoke City into the fourth round.
Liverpool 2 Middlesbrough 2 (Liverpool wins 14-13 on penalty kicks)
A 109th minute goal from Suso seemed to have secured the win for Liverpool, but a Patrick Bramford penalty on the brink of time forced the match into a shootout. Both teams put on a penalty exhibition, cooly burying shot after shot. Both goalkeepers were forced to shoot as it went 15 rounds before a Middlesbrough miss gave Liverpool the win 14-13.
Swansea City 3 Everton 0
Swansea City pounced on a struggling Everton side, cruising to a 3-0 win in Wales. Nathan Dyer opened the scoring in the 28th minute while Marvin Emnes sealed the deal with Swansea’s third goal late in the match.
Shrewsbury Town 1 Norwich City 0
After knocking out Premier League side Leicester City in the second round, Shrewsbury Town of League Two defeated Championship side Norwich City. A James Collins header in the 54th minute helped the fourth-tier side advance and keep their dream run going.
Third Round – Other Results
Fulham 2-1 Doncaster Rovers
Derby County 2-0 Reading
Cardiff City 0-3 AFC Bournemouth
Leyton Orient 0-1 Sheffield United
MK Dons 2-0 Bradford City
Third Round – Tomorrow’s Fixtures
Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle United
West Bromwich Albion vs. Hull City
Chelsea vs. Bolton Wanderers
Manchester City vs. Sheffield Wednesday
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Nottingham Forest
Burton Albion vs. Brighton & Hove Albion