Leeds received 6-5 in a penalty shootout to come back out on prime of their Carabao Cup conflict with Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Neither facet had been capable of finding a breakthrough in regular time, and after 5 penalties every there was nonetheless nothing to separate the edges with each efficiently changing three apiece.
Teenager Stuart McKinstry scored for Leeds to make it 6-5, however Fulham’s Rodrigo Muniz was unable to transform, leaving Leeds to progress.
It had been an in depth sport, with either side displaying promise however missing high quality.
Fulham had began brightly and seemed to make an impression when Muniz had two possibilities, a header simply large and a drive parried by goalkeeper Illan Meslier.
Nonetheless, it was Leeds who ought to have been forward when Tyler Roberts had a shot saved just for the rebound to fall to Rodrigo however he mistimed his effort.
Regardless of a promising begin from the house facet, it was Leeds who continued to dominate possession as Fulham struggled to get out of their half.
Rodrigo made a promising particular person run in the direction of the Fulham field, together with a intelligent one-two with Mateusz Klich, however his ultimate shot didn’t have the identical high quality and was large of the goal.
Marek Rodak was compelled right into a low diving save to disclaim Rodrigo’s low curled free-kick and preserve the scores degree.
Simply earlier than the half-time whistle, it was Meslier’s flip as he stored out Neeskens Kebano’s free-kick from simply exterior the realm.
Firstly of the second half, a sliding deal with from Michael Hector was wanted to forestall Rodrigo scoring after he was performed in by Dan James.
The second half lacked the vitality of the primary, with either side wanting high quality within the ultimate third as they tried to interrupt the impasse.
Fulham got here shut within the 68th minute when Muniz, who had had their greatest probabilities of the sport, headed simply over the crossbar from a well-struck cross.
Josh Onomah drove ahead earlier than unleashing a strike, however Meslier was in a position to tip the drive over the bar with simply over quarter-hour remaining of regular time.
Muniz had one other header within the 86th minute, which he was unable to maintain down, with Leeds’ Rodrigo additionally lacking a headed alternative on the different finish in added time.
The sport headed to penalties, with Onomah and Joe Bryan lacking for Fulham and Stuart Dallas and Adam Forshaw unable to transform for Leeds.
At 3-3 after 5 penalties the sport went to sudden loss of life, with no errors for both staff till Muniz’s tame effort which noticed Leeds undergo.
What the managers stated
Fulham boss Marco Silva: “Once I made 11 modifications within the beginning XI and I noticed our staff match our opponent like we did this night – in fact I am not pleased with the outcome – like all of us I believe we deserved one thing extra from the sport.
“However the result’s what it’s, however we’ve to be happy with our gamers and what they did and the way they performed for the 95 minutes, with excellent depth in some moments of the sport.
“Sadly within the penalties they had been extra competent than us, as a result of for me it is not only a matter of luck or not. However I am happy with what we did and our gamers.
“The ball went to the crossbar of the put up and we misplaced in penalties as nicely, however by working the way in which that we’re doing and the way in which that we’ll preserve doing, the great moments will come for us.”
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa: “It was tough for us. We conceded too many possibilities to the opponent. It was tough for all our gamers.
“They confirmed character and character. Gelhardt had missed his final two penalties and took on board the accountability and managed to attain and McKinstry additionally needed to take one in probably the most decisive moments they usually confirmed character.”
When is the draw for the Carabao Cup fourth spherical?
The fourth-round draw will happen after Manchester United’s third-round conflict with West Ham on Wednesday evening; kick-off 7.45pm. The draw might be dwell on Sky Sports activities Most important Occasion and Sky Sports activities Soccer.
- Fourth spherical: October 26 and 27
- Quarter-finals: December 21 and 22
- Semi-finals: January 4/5 and 11/12
- Ultimate: February 27