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Carabao Cup

Round Three: Review

20 September 2017

Bristol City upset the odds on the opening night of Carabao Cup Round Three, adding another Premier League scalp in the way of Stoke City.

Watford were dumped out by the Robins in Round Two, and goals after the break from Famara Diedhiou and Matt Taylor ensured the Potters went the same way.

The other top-flight team to exit the competition at the hands of lower-tier opposition on Tuesday night were Burnley, who lost on penalties to Sky Bet Championship table-toppers Leeds United.

Thomas Christiansen’s men let their late advantage slip on two separate occasions, but they kept their cool from 12 yards, with Stuart Dallas netting the decisive spot-kick at Turf Moor.

Three all-Premier League clashes resulted in home wins, with AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace defeating Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town respectively, by a goal to nil, while Leicester City overcame Liverpool 2-0 in front of the Sky Sports cameras, with Islam Slimani’s stunning strike the highlight at the King Power Stadium.

Dele Alli’s second-half goal saw Tottenham Hotspur through at the expense of Barnsley, West Ham United eased past Bolton Wanderers 3-0, and 2013 winners Swansea City saw off Reading 2-0 at the Madejski Stadium.

In the night’s other ties, Middlesbrough and Norwich City both won on the road to knock out fellow Championship opposition, while Wolverhampton Wanderers sealed their place in Round Four with an extra-time victory over Bristol Rovers.

On Wednesday night, Michy Batshuayi was the star of the show, hitting a hat-trick as Chelsea defeated Nottingham Forest 5-1, and they weren't the only top-tier side to ease into the next round.

Manchester United overpowered Burton Albion by four goals to one, and Everton beat Sunderland 3-0 - Marcus Rashford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin both hit two for their respective sides.

Theo Walcott's first-half goal was enough to see Arsenal past Doncaster Rovers, and Manchester City booked their place in the last 16 with a win at West Bromwich Albion, sealing victory thanks to a Leroy Sane brace.


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