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EFL Cup quarters: Liverpool rolls, Hull City advances in PKs

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A Liverpool team without most of its stars still found a way to wear down Leeds United to make its way to the EFL Cup semifinals, while the other Premier League side struggled with its Championship competition.

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The pair of games are a prelude to a duo of high-profile Wednesday quarterfinals, as Southampton and Arsenal play as do West Ham and Manchester United.

Liverpool 2-0 Leeds United

A sincerely second-choice Liverpool hosted Garry Monk and Leeds United on Tuesday, with Divock Origi sliding to poke Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s cross home in the 76th minute. Ben Woodburn, 17, made it 2-0 when he finished a cross-six combination between Georginio Wiljnaldum and Origi.

The Reds should’ve been up at the break, and Emre Can came oh-so-close to prodding a bad giveaway home in the 33rd minute when his toe-poke rolled agonizingly wide of the Leeds goal.

And the Whites didn’t go away at all. In fact, Leeds’ counter was electric apart from the finish as the game passed the hour mark and crept toward extra time.

Both sides hit a post in the second half, with Wijnaldum belting one off the far post in the 72nd minute before United blocked a rebound effort.

Hull City 1-1 (3-1, PKs) Newcastle United

Rafa Benitez‘s Magpies lead the Championship division, and looked the part of a Premier League side in battling the relegation-struggling Tigers. Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie, and Mohamed Diame were among those belting first half shots close to goal.

The second half saw Hull find chances through Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass, the latter especially dangerous for the hosts.

Things got dicey as the match neared extra time, with a confrontation between Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles and Hull’s Dieumerci Mbokani and Tom Huddlestone ended with Mbokani sent off.

It was off to extra time, where ex-Hull man Diame’s goal off a Vurnon Anita cross was immediately countered by Snodgrass to leave it 1-1 after 105 minutes.

USMNT man DeAndre Yedlin entered the game in the 109th minute, and missed a late chance to win it.

Jonjo Shelvey was saved by Eldin Jakupovic on Newcastle’s first penalty, and Dwight Gayle missed the Magpies’ second offer. Hull made its first three, and Yoan Gouffran had his saved. The Tigers moved on.

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Watford chasing Rennes, Senegal star Sarr

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Watford may capture one of the rising stars of the game.

Ismaila Sarr would cost the Hornets a club transfer record fee, and Sky Sports says that Watford and Rennes are about $10 million apart.

The Ligue 1 side reportedly wants $34 million for the Senegal national team right wing.

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Sarr, 21, scored a goal and an assist in Senegal’s run to the Africa Cup of Nations final, playing opposite Sadio Mane of Liverpool.

He posted 13 goals with 14 assists last season between Ligue 1, the French Cup, and the Europa League. He was the lone Rennes player to score against Arsenal in the UEL Round of 16.

Watford has held onto Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dodi Lukebakio this offseason. Lukebakio is also a 21-year-old right wing, and had a sensational loan season with Fortuna Dusseldorf in 2019-20.

Nketiah leads Arsenal past Fiorentina (video)

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Eddie Nketiah scored twice as Arsenal beat Fiorentina 3-0 in Charlotte on Saturday.

Joe Willock also scored for the Gunners, which beat Colorado Rapids and Bayern Munich in their first two matches of the preseason and meet Real Madrid in Maryland on Tuesday.

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Fiorentina took 18 of the match’s 30 shots, though Arsenal had nearly 60 percent of the ball.

Nketiah, 20, scored against Burnley in last season’s Premier League finale and then late against Bayern Munich earlier this week.

He was deft in a high-pressure spot for this one.

Premier League friendlies: Watford beats Bayer, Man Utd over Inter

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Arsenal and Fiorentina are set to kickoff in Charlotte tonight, with the Gunners the last of a bevy of Premier League sides to engage in preseason friendlies this muggy Saturday.

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Girona 1-2 Bournemouth

Juanpe’s late header pushed La Liga’s hosts past Eddie Howe and his 10-man Cherries, playing down after VAR deemed Jack Simpson‘s foul worthy of a sending off. Ryan Fraser scored Bournemouth’s goal, assisted by Jordon Ibe.

Northampton Town 0-4 Sheffield United

Oliver Norwood converted two penalties in an easy win for Chris Wilder in his return to a club he played for and managed.

Fulham 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Pascal Gross scored with an early free kick — a Megan Rapinoe special — but Tom Cairney scored twice after halftime for the Championship side.

Cheltenham Town 1-2 Leicester City

The Foxes collected a second win over a lower league side this week, with Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton on the board.

Newcastle United 1-0 West Ham United (Shanghai)

New manager Steve Bruce watched from the crowd as the Magpies made amends for a 4-0 loss to Wolves by blanking West Ham. Jamie Sterry‘s cross for Yoshinori Muto was delightful, and the Japanese striker’s finish was well-taken.

Port Vale 1-3 Burnley; Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Burnley

Chris Wood, Matej Vydra and Robbie Brady scored as the Clarets overcame an early Nick Pope goal to beat Port Vale, but the Premier League side couldn’t do much in a simultaneous friendly at Crewe.

Inter Milan 0-1 Manchester United (Singapore)

Substitute forward Mason Greenwood, just 17, scored the late goal in a match United controlled, outshooting Inter 21-8.

Preston North End 1-3 Southampton

Brace-bagging Danny Ings doesn’t usually have a problem with finish, so passing the ball directly to him is not something we’d recommend to goalkeepers. Jake Vokins also scored for Saints at Deepdale.

Watford 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen (Austria)

Will Hughes and Andre Gray scored as the Hornets collected a win over Champions League competition.

Man City (0-0, 2-3 pens) Wolves (Shanghai)

Rui Patricio was very good over 90 minutes, and stopped City’s first two penalty attempts as Wolves continue to perplex the PL champions.

WATCH: Marco Fabian smashes set piece goal

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Marco Fabian sent a missile toward goal, and perhaps it’s good the goalkeeper didn’t get to the hand-breaking shot.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead over Chicago on Saturday in Chester, Pennsylvania, thanks to the Mexican midfielder.

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It was a pretty set piece from Jim Curtin’s men, a backwards played free kick was laid off to Fabian for his audacious rip.

Fabian hasn’t had a wonderful 2019 season, but his fourth goal of the season will give Union supporters hope that he’ll pick up his form and make the already East-leading side all the more dangerous.