Leicester superior to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals with a 4-2 win on penalties following a 2-2 draw with Brighton on the King Energy Stadium.
Substitute Enock Mwepu scored the second-half equaliser which despatched the sport to penalties however noticed his spot-kick saved by Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward within the shootout because the Foxes claimed their place within the final eight.
Neal Maupay, one other substitute on an evening when each Brendan Rodgers and Graham Potter made wholesale modifications to their beginning line-ups, additionally missed his spot-kick within the shootout, the Brighton striker hitting the crossbar whereas Leicester transformed all 4 of their efforts.
Earlier, the hosts had taken the lead when Harvey Barnes pounced on a unfastened cross from Brighton goalkeeper Jason Steele earlier than charging into the field and firing an emphatic end into the nook.
Brighton did not carry a lot of a menace after that sixth-minute setback however equalised within the third minute of first-half stoppage time when Aaron Webster turned dwelling Shane Duffy’s header.
It appeared they had been heading into the interval degree however extra sloppy play allowed Leicester to equalise barely a minute later because the in any other case spectacular Jeremy Sarmiento under-hit a backpass, permitting Ademola Lookman to spherical Steele and slot dwelling.
Brighton hauled themselves degree once more when Mwepu’s first aim for the membership, a looping header from Marc Cucurella’s cross, put them within the ascendency heading into the closing phases, however they might not discover a winner and the hosts held their nerve from the spot.
Leicester: Ward (7), Soyuncu (7), Vestergaard (6), Bertrand (6), Daley-Campbell (6), Choudhury (6), Dewsbury-Corridor (5), Thomas (6), Lookman (7), Barnes (8), Daka (8).
Subs: Mendy (6), Maddison (6), Soumare (6), Pereira (6), Iheanacho (6).
Brighton: Steele (6), Duffy (7), Webster (7), Roberts (6), Veltman (6), Gross (7), Mac Allister (6), Burn (6), Sarmiento (6), Connolly (5), Locadia (5).
Subs: Mwepu (7), Dunk (6), Bissouma (6), Cucurella (7), Maupay (6).
Man of the match: Harvey Barnes.
How Foxes emerged victorious
The night started with a minute’s silence to mark the third anniversary of the helicopter crash which claimed the lives of Leicester proprietor Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and 4 others.
The hosts had been straight onto the assault and the opener arrived after Patson Daka chased down an extended ball, prompting panic within the Brighton defence and permitting Barnes to beat Webster to Steele’s unfastened cross earlier than unleashing a strong end.
It was ruthless from the 23-year-old, who appeared desperate to impress having just lately misplaced his place in Rodgers’ first-choice beginning line-up, and Leicester quickly got here near doubling their lead.
- Leicester made 10 modifications from their 2-1 win over Brentford, with Vontae Daley-Campbell making solely his second senior look at proper wing-back.
- Brighton made eight modifications from their 4-1 win over Man Metropolis, with Jeremy Sarmiento handed a debut and Shane Duffy returning on the again.
Daka was closely concerned once more, the summer season signing from Purple Bull Salzburg accelerating away from Duffy on Leicester’s left earlier than cleverly reducing the ball again to Kiernan Dewsbury-Corridor, whose highly effective effort was touched onto the bar by Steele.
Brighton did not provide a lot by the use of response however they sprang into life in stoppage time. Alexis Mac Allister’s long-range effort compelled an acrobatic save from Ward and the guests had been degree moments later when Duffy’s header fell kindly for Webster following a nook.
Brighton’s travelling followers had solely simply stopped celebrating when one other poor cross, this time from the 19-year-old Sarmiento, who was making his debut, invited Lookman to take benefit and put the house facet again in entrance.
Like Barnes, Lookman completed the possibility coolly, however Brighton began the second half strongest and had an early alternative to drag themselves degree when Aaron Connolly shot tamely at Ward having been performed by means of on aim.
Each managers made modifications in the course of the second interval nevertheless it was Brighton’s substitutes who made the largest affect, with Cucurella’s cross guided into the far nook by a back-peddling Mwepu within the 71st minute.
Earlier than that, Barnes had spurned a chance to increase Leicester’s lead, his low effort from Daka’s through-ball drawing a superb save from Steele.
With the sport degree within the closing phases, there have been alternatives for either side to win it. Duffy’s sliding block prevented Daka from testing Steele on one event, whereas up on the different finish of the pitch Maupay and Connolly each misdirected headers.
Ultimately, it was determined from the spot. Maddison, Barnes, Daka and Ricardo Pereira all discovered the web for the hosts, with Maupay and Mwepu’s misses permitting Leicester to assert their place within the quarter-finals.
When is the draw for the Carabao Cup quarter-finals?
The quarter-final draw will happen stay on Soccer AM this Saturday from 10.30am
Hosts Fenners and Jimmy Bullard will likely be conducting the draw, which will likely be stay on Sky Sports activities Principal Occasion, Sky Sports activities Soccer, Soccer AM’s YouTube channel and the EFL’s Twitter account.
Carabao Cup 2021/22 schedule…
- Fourth spherical: October 27
- Quarter-finals: December 21 and 22
- Semi-finals: January 4/5 and 11/12
- Remaining: February 27
What’s subsequent for Leicester and Brighton?
Leicester resume their Premier League marketing campaign at dwelling to Arsenal in Saturday’s early kick-off whereas Brighton are away to Liverpool on Saturday at 3pm.