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League Cup: Southampton tops Everton in penalties

Southampton - Everton

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Michael Keane of Everton is challenged by Danny Ings of Southampton during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on October 2, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

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Southampton overcame a late concession to outlast Everton in penalty kicks at Goodison Park to round out the League Cup’s Round of 16.

Saints will travel to Leicester City in the next round.

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Danny Ings scored for Southampton in the 44th minute, only to see ex-Saints star Theo Walcott level the tie in the 85th minute.

But Angus Gunn saved Walcott in penalties as Saints won 4-3.

Ings now has four goals in seven matches for Saints, on loan from Liverpool ahead of a permanent move next summer.

He’s twice scored against the Reds’ Merseyside rivals since moving to Saints, and his four career goals against Everton are his joint-highest against a single opponent (Huddersfield Town, Birmingham City).

Saints manager Mark Hughes puffed his chest after the win.

“We played the more progressive football, and had sustained periods of control. It showed what a good team we are,” he said. “Obviously it is nerve-wracking when it goes to penalties, but we got the job done. ... We weren’t going to be denied tonight, there was real focus in the team and we wanted to get through this tie.”

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