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Carabao Cup: The Round Four review

30 September 2020

Round Four of this season's Carabao Cup certainly had a lot to live up to following a spectacular Round Three, and delivered drama, goals and so nearly an unexpected upset.

Here's a round-up of the main stories as we move on to the Quarter-Final stage...

1. Mourinho's men march on

Tottenham Hotspur's all-London clash with Chelsea kicked off the Round Four action on Thursday evening, and it was the hosts who had the last laugh following a nail-biting penalty shootout. Following goals from Timo Werner - his first for the Blues - and Erik Lamela in normal time, Mason Mount's missed spot-kick proved decisive and ultimately saw Spurs become the first side to progress. Should Jose Mourinho lift the trophy again this season, he'll become the competition's most successful manager outright.

2. So near yet so far for Newport County

Having beaten Championship side Watford to reach Round Four for the first time in their history, few would have expected League Two's sole representatives Newport to go one further when they welcomed Premier League Newcastle United to town, but they so nearly did just that. With four minutes to go in the tie, the Welsh side led 1-0, only for Jonjo Shelvey to curl home an excellent effort to send the game to penalties. The visitors blushes were spared in an eventual 5-4 win in the shootout, though County had done themselves proud.

3. Big wins on the road for both sides of Manchester

Holders Manchester City set the bar in the Carabao Cup once again on Wednesday evening, overcoming a potentially tricky trip to Burnley with a 3-0 victory that included a first goal for summer signing Ferran Torres. That result was later matched by neighbours Manchester United down on the south coast, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men swept aside Brighton & Hove Albion by the same scoreline, with Juan Mata scoring his 50th goal for the club in the process. Pep Guardiola's City are looking to become the second side to win the competition four years in a row.

4. Calvert-Lewin steals the show... and makes history

Simply put, Everton's Round Four clash against West Ham United quickly became the Dominic Calvert-Lewin show. The Toffees striker scored an impressive hat-trick - his second of the season - in a comfortable 4-1 win, becoming the first Everton man to net three goals in a League Cup tie for 27 years. Since August 2015, no player has scored more goals than Calvert-Lewin in the competition, and he'll surely be looking to add to that tally when the Quarter-Finals come around. The result also meant Everton have won each of their opening six games of a campaign for the first time since 1938/39.

5. First Quarter-Final appearance for Bees

Thursday night's action began with a repeat of the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final and it would be sweet revenge for Brentford. Thomas Frank welcomed star man Said Benrahma in his ranks for the first time this season. The Algerian playmaker did not let him down. Two goals, including this incredible second - helped the Bees to a 3-0 victory oveer their West London rivals. 

They were not the only EFL side to knock out a Premier League team, though. Sam Vokes first half goal was enough to see Stokee City victorious at Villa Park, knocking last year's finalists Aston Villa out at the last 16 stage. Meanwhile Arsenal avenged their defeat at Anfield last season. After a goalless draw in normal time, the Gunners won 5-4 in the penalty shoot-out, with Joe Willock scoring the decisive spot-kick. 

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