Leicester City 2-2 Brighton (4-2 pens): Hosts hold their nerve in penalty shootout after twice squandering the lead in normal time to reach the Carabao Cup quarter-finals
- Leicester edged Brighton on penalties to reach the Carabao Cup quarter-finals
- Enock Mwepu’s penalty was saved by Danny Ward after Neal Maupay hit the bar
- Leicester twice took the lead through Harvey Barnes and Ademola Lookman
- But Adam Webster and Enock Mwepu hit back for the visitors on Wednesday
Danny Ward was the hero as Leicester moved into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on penalties on the day the club paid tribute to their former chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Exactly three years since the helicopter crash near the King Power Stadium that killed Srivaddhanaprabha – known as Khun Vichai – and Kaveporn Punpare, Nusara Suknamai, Eric Swaffer and Izabela Lechowicz, fans raised a banner carrying Khun Vichai’s image and the message ‘Always In Our Hearts’. They also held scarves bearing his name as they observed a minute’s silence.
Ward saved Brighton’s fourth effort from Enock Mwepu to seal a 4-2 shoot-out triumph for the Foxes.
Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward saved Enock Mwepu’s effort to seal a shootout triumph
Leicester: Ward, Soyuncu, Vestergaard, Bertrand (Mendy 59), Daley-Campbell (Ricardo Pereira 73), Dewsbury-Hall (Maddison 59), Choudhury (Soumare 66), Thomas, Lookman (Iheanacho 73), Barnes, Daka.
Subs Not Used: Amartey, Castagne, Jakupovic, Marcal-Madivadua.
Booked: Mendy, Iheanacho.
Goals: Barnes 6,Lookman 45.
Brighton: Steele, Webster (Bissouma 63), Duffy, Roberts (Cucurella 69), Veltman (Dunk 63),Gross, Mac Allister, Burn (Mwepu 46),Sarmiento (Maupay 69), Connolly, Locadia.
Subs Not Used: Scherpen, Leonard, Tsoungui, Offiah.
Goals: Webster 45, Mwepu 71.
Ref: Jarred Gillett (Australia).
The penalties followed an absorbing 90 minutes in which Leicester twice took the lead through Harvey Barnes and Ademola Lookman, only for Adam Webster and substitute Mwepu to bring Brighton back on terms.
After three successful kicks, Neal Maupay, another sub, hit the bar for Brighton. Patson Daka, Alexis Mac Allister and Ricardo Pereira all then scored, leaving Mwepu to try to keep Brighton in it. His shot was hit too close to Ward – deputising for Kasper Schmeichel – who made a simple save and sealed Leicester’s progress.
Vichai’s son, current chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, was not at the stadium for this one but would have been delighted at Leicester’s start.
Boss Brendan Rodgers retained only Caglar Soyuncu from the team that started last Sunday’s 2-1 win at Brentford though his side still flew out of the traps and took a sixth minute lead.
Daka hurried goalkeeper Jason Steele into a risky pass towards Webster, who was robbed by Barnes outside the box. The recalled winger steadied himself before firing home with Steele out of position.
Seconds after Soyuncu nearly headed past Ward, Leicester were inches from making it 2-0. Daka found space down the left and pulled the ball back for Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, who hit the bar from 16 yards.
Leicester twice took the lead through Harvey Barnes and Ademola Lookman in normal time
Barnes had opened the scoring early on for the home side with a clinical strike
Brighton, who made eight changes, were showing plenty of poise on the ball but looked vulnerable when they surrendered it.
In the 28th minute, after more eager running from Daka, Barnes burst into the box and sent over a cross that Daka was inches from heading home.
The visitors did not lose their heads, however, and levelled in first-half stoppage time. Ward produced a flying save to turn Mac Allister’s effort over the bar and from Pascal Gross’ corner, Shane Duffy outjumped Jannik Vestergaard and the unmarked Webster poked in the loose ball.
That should have ensured the teams were all square at the break – only for Brighton to gift Leicester a second. When Daka lost possession, Jeremy Sarmiento woefully underhit his backpass, allowing Lookman to reach the ball ahead of Steele and slide it under him to open his account following his loan move from RB Leipzig.
Defender Adam Webster levelled for Brighton in first-half stoppage time from close range
Sarmiento looked heartbroken but early in the second half he was in the thick of the action, sending in Aaron Connolly to deliver a low ball that Soyuncu diverted behind.
Moments later, Connolly ran clear again and shot too early – not realising the space he had – to give Ward a simple save. Mwepu had replaced the injured Dan Burn for the second half and saw a 20-yard effort deflected wide.
Leicester sent on Sunday’s match-winner James Maddison and he was close to scoring almost immediately.
Daka found Barnes whose close-range effort was blocked by Steele, before Duffy produced a fine sliding challenge to deny Maddison on the follow-up.
Ademola Lookman pounced on a defensive lapse to score the second goal just before half-time
Seeking a way back, Brighton boss Graham Potter introduced two of his key men, Lewis Dunk and Yves Bissouma, seconds before Steele did well to save Barnes’ strike from 20 yards.
That was the cue for Potter to call for two more of his regulars and they promptly combined to create the second equaliser.
Maupay found Marc Cucurella on the left and his floated cross was expertly headed beyond Ward by Mwepu.
Like Potter, Rodgers decided it was time to strengthen his XI and brought on Ricardo Pereira and Kelechi Iheanacho.
Midfielder Enock Mwepu headed home a second equaliser for the visitors in the 71st minute
The final chance before the spot-kicks fell to Connolly but he headed Cucurella’s cross wide at the end of stoppage time.
The penalties followed an absorbing 90 minutes in which Leicester twice took the lead through Harvey Barnes and Ademola Lookman, only for Adam Webster and substitute Enock Mwepu to bring Brighton back on terms.
After three successful kicks, substitute Neal Maupay hit the bar for Brighton.
Patson Daka, Alexis Mac Allister and Ricardo Pereira all then scored, leaving Mwepu to try to keep Brighton in it.
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