Sunday, 29 January 2017

EFL Cup Semi Finals Review

The chance to claim the first trophy of the season was two games away for the quartet of teams in the last four of the EFL Cup.

The opening legs of the ties began with Manchester United hosting Hull City. The sides played out a goalless half ahead of United opening the scoring on 56 minutes through Marouane Fellaini. 

A two-goal advantage going into the second leg came late on as Juan Mata confirmed a 2-0 win.

The following evening, Southampton hosted last season's runners-up Liverpool.

Alike their meeting last season,the Saints went ahead as Nathan Redmond struck in the 20th minute but unlike back then, there was no response goal wise from the Reds who suffered a 1-0 loss.

The return legs began with Liverpool hosting Southampton with a single goal deficit to overturn.

The Reds dominated the game from start until almost finish as they were stunned in added time by a breakaway goal from Shane Long. The last-gasp strike doomed the hosts as the Saints celebrated a 2-0 win on aggregate.

Thursday night saw Hull City host Manchester United looking to overturn a two-goal deficit.

The hosts cut their first leg disadvantage in half as they took the lead with a 36th minute penalty from Tom Huddlestone. United regained their two goal aggregate lead with an equaliser from Paul Pogba on 67 minutes. The tie was to see a tense finish with Hull making it 2-1 on the night and 2-3 overall with an 85th minute effort from Oumar Niasse, However, they were unable to level the tie and despite claiming a 2-1 win, bowed out 3-2 on aggregate to United.