League Cup: Leicester need penalties to clip Brighton’s wings

Lucas Moura sees Tottenham through at Burnley; Brentford win away to Stoke

 

Leicester City 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 2 (Leicester win 4-2 on penalties)

Leicester reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup with victory over Brighton in a penalty shoot-out on an emotional night at the King Power Stadium.

Wednesday’s tie fell on the third anniversary of a helicopter crash at the stadium, which killed the club’s chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others.

A crowd display and minute’s silence took place before kick-off ahead of the first home match to fall on the date, which finished 2-2 after normal time before Leicester won 4-2 on penalties.

Harvey Barnes gave the hosts an early lead before Adam Webster equalised in first-half stoppage time. However, there was still time for Ademola Lookman to restore Leicester’s advantage before the half-time whistle.

Substitute Enock Mwepu deservedly headed Brighton level midway through the second half to set up the drama of penalties.

Neal Maupay crashed his spot-kick against the crossbar before Mwepu saw his effort saved by Danny Ward, with the Foxes scoring all four of their kicks.

Burnley 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1

Lucas Moura’s second-half goal sent Tottenham through to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals after a 1-0 win at Burnley.

Moura’s 68th-minute header settled a low-quality affair where both teams struggled in the attacking third for the majority of the game.

It was a much-needed win for Nuno Espirito Santo, who is under some pressure after an inconsistent start to the season, but a good cup run in this competition could help his cause.

Nuno will also hope it gives his side some confidence ahead of Manchester United’s visit in the Premier League on Saturday.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche was hoping his side could kickstart their season by beating Spurs, but they never really looked like doing that and had just one shot on target.

Stoke City 1 Brentford 2

Brentford moved into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals as first-half goals from Sergi Canos and Ivan Toney secured a 2-1 win at Stoke.

Canos struck the opener in the 22nd minute and Toney added a second for the visitors — who reached the semi-finals of the competition last season — with a 40th-minute finish.

Former Brentford man Romaine Sawyers pulled a goal back in the 57th minute, but Michael O’Neill’s Stoke were unable to save themselves from elimination as their losing streak continued after three successive defeats in the Championship.

It was a return to winning ways for Thomas Frank’s Bees, meanwhile, following the back-to-back Premier League losses against Chelsea and Leicester.

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