Thursday, 1 December 2016

EFL Cup Quarter Final Review

After a gap from the fourth round, the EFL Cup resumed at the quarter final stage with two Championship sides looking to stage a shock against top-flight opposition while four top-flight sides also faced off.

Tuesday evening saw Hull City host Championship high-flyer's Newcastle United at the KCOM Stadium  A tight game saw the sides remain locked at 0-0 until the final whistle though the hosts suffered a late blow with the dismissal of Dieumerci Mbokani.

 Extra time saw Mo Diame put the Magpies ahead on 98 minutes before an instant reply saw Robert Snodgrass strike for 1-1. The game was to be decided in a shootout and Hull came out on top winning 3-1 on penalties to reach the last four for the first time.

Liverpool hosted Leeds United at Anfield looking to secure a record 17th semi final spot and they were made to work hard as the visitors kept the game at 0-0 long past the hour mark.

As with their weekend win, the Reds went ahead on 76 minutes through Divock Origi before an historic second goal with eight minutes left as Ben Woodburn became the Reds' youngest goalscorer at 17yrs 45 days eclipsing Michael Owen's record by 100 days. The young striker's effort was enough to confirm a 2-0 win.

Wednesday night saw Arsenal and Southampton make numerous changes as they met at the Emirates.

The Saints took an early lead as Jordy Clasie struck on 13 minutes and they were two goals to the good before the interval as Ryan Bertrand stuck on 38 minutes. The advantage lasted as the Saints secured a spot in the last four for the first time since 1987.

After a 1-1 draw on Sunday, Manchester United and West Ham United reconvened at Old Trafford and alike the previous meeting, the opening goal came after just to minutes. However, it was the hosts who led as Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck but they would go into the interval on level terms as Ashley Fletcher equalised against his former club on 35 minutes. The hosts regained the lead just three minutes into the second half as Anthony Martial struck for 2-1 and he got a second in style just after the hour mark. The win was completed late on as Ibrahimovic tapped in his second and United's fourth for a 4-1 win.

The draw for the semi-finals saw the two big guns of Liverpool and Manchester United avoid each other with Southampton given the chance to get revenge for their quarter final exit to Liverpool from last season while Hull City will face Manchester United.