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WATCH: Ex-Arsenal man Bramall scores excellent free kick

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Oh, the physics!

Colchester United has a 1-0 lead after the first leg of its League Two playoff tie with Exeter City on Cohen Bramall’s aesthetically-pleasing free kick at Colchester Community Stadium on Thursday.

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The artist of the goal was Cohen Bramall, the 24-year-old who left Arsenal for the U’s last summer. The left back now has two goals and five assists on the season.

The beauty of the free kick is Bramall shaping like he’s going to spin a right-footed cross into the mixer, instead smashing a left-footed shot that zips inside the near post.

The second leg is Monday at Exeter’s St. James Park. The winner of the tie between fifth-place Exeter and sixth-place Colchester meets the winner of Northampton Town and Cheltenham Town for the right to join League One.

League Cup quarterfinal draw: Big boys kept apart

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The League Cup quarterfinal draw has been made and the big boys have avoided each other.

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Reigning champs Manchester City travel to third tier Oxford United, while Manchester United host fourth-tier Colchester United as both Manchester clubs will fancy their chances of reaching the semifinals.

Two all-Premier League ties see Liverpool travelling to Aston Villa, while Everton host Leicester City to round off the draw.

Below is the draw in full, with the games to be played the week commencing Dec. 16, although Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool will not be available to play Villa then as they’re taking part in the Club World Cup in Qatar.


League Cup quarterfinal draw

Oxford United v. Manchester City
Manchester United v. Colchester United
Aston Villa v. Liverpool
Everton v. Leicester City

Liverpool-Arsenal, Chelsea-Man Utd top League Cup draw

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Cinderella, shine up your shoes: The League Cup draw has been very kind to you.

Lower tier sides are in abundance for the Round of 16, with League Two’s Crawley Town and Colchester United joined by League One sides Burton Albion, Oxford United, and Sunderland.

Remarkably — fix alert! — 10 of 11 Premier League teams were drawn against top-flight opposition, and there are some crackers here:

Manchester United will visit Chelsea.

Liverpool hosts Arsenal.

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Wow.

That means that at least one League Two side and one League One side will make the quarterfinals, as Oxford United hosts Sunderland and Colchester United visits Crawley Town!

One club is now four wins from getting its name etched into history, the other 15 teams left to pretend they don’t care about this particular trophy as the League Cup draw was held on Wednesday.

The matches will be played the week of Oct. 28.

League Cup fourth round draw
Manchester City v. Southampton
Aston Villa v. Wolves
Everton v. Watford
Chelsea v. Manchester United
Crawley Town v. Colchester United
Oxford United v. Sunderland
Burton Albion v. Leicester City
Liverpool v. Arsenal

Spurs’ Pochettino, U’s McGreal react to League Cup stunner

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is trying to play it cool, but you know he must be seething after Spurs were bounced out of the League Cup on penalties by fourth-tier side Colchester United on Tuesday.

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Spurs out-chanced the U’s and controlled the game, but could not maneuver their way past goalkeeper Dean Gerken. The backstop stopped Christian Eriksen‘s first penalty, and then saw Lucas Moura miss the visitors’ fifth bid.

Here’s Pochettino, via Sky Sports:

“It’s disappointing. It’s important to fight for trophies in all the competitions, I think we can’t complain about anything. It’s only that we didn’t score, and in penalty shoot-outs, you can’t complain.”

It’s been a bad week for Spurs. Heck, it’s been a bad season. The Champions League finalists have thrown away 2-0 leads to rivals Arsenal and UCL group mates Olympiacos, and were beaten by Leicester City at the weekend. They are already 10 points behind Spurs in their bid for one trophy, and cannot claim a second.

On the other side of the field, Colchester United boss John McGreal is pretty excited.

“We are absolutely delighted, that was tough work. We had the crowd on board and the penalties are a lottery as we all know,” he said, via the BBC. “I was really confident when Tom Lapslie stepped up, we had been there before in the last round. We got the run around a bit, we had to defend well but the more we got on the ball the more threat we became.”

The U’s are joined by League Two peer Crawley Town in the fourth round. Read the wrap of all League Cup action here.

League Cup: Spurs shocked by Colchester United; Saints win derby

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A fierce derby returned after years away, and a League Two side outlasted a Champions League finalist while another fourth-tier entrant clinched a spot in the Round of 16 as well.

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The League Cup delivered the goods on Tuesday.

Colchester United 0-0 (4-3, penalties) Tottenham Hotspur

Lucas Moura smashed the cross bar with Spurs’ fifth penalty kick, and Paulo Gazzaniga couldn’t get to Tom Lapslie’s effort as the U’s advanced to the fourth round and supporters stormed the pitch.

Dean Gerkin stopped Christian Eriksen‘s opening penalty kick to start the extra set, but Jevani Brown’s miss leveled things in the third round.

Spurs were the better side by far despite a lineup with two regular starters in Davinson Sanchez and Dele Alli, as Spurs lined up: Gazzaniga, Walker-Peters, Sanchez, Tanganga, Davies, Dier, Wanyama, Skipp, Dele, Lucas, and Parrott.

The U’s had not attempted a shot by the hour mark, with Spurs taking a dozen. It was a departure from their defeat of Crystal Palace in the last round, when they went hit for hit with the Premier League mainstays and emerged with a win in penalties.

Courtney Senior was a bright spot for the U’s, lashing a shot wide in the 89th.

Portsmouth 0-4 Southampton

This is certainly one of Danny Ings‘ favorite memories since returning home to the South Coast, as the Winchester-born striker scored twice in the first half to give Saints a halftime lead in the first South Coast Derby match in close to a decade.

The game, like most between the heated rivals, was a busy one, as Kenny Jackett’s League One side Pompey punched above their weight and even out-attempted the visitors for some time. But Cedric Soares and Nathan Redmond scored late as Saints outlasted Pompey’s adrenaline to assert their class.

Preston North End 0-3 Manchester City

There was no doubt about this one, though the Championship side put up a better fight than Watford at the weekend.

And to be fair to Watford, City started a much weakened lineup. Seventeen-year-old Taylor Harwood-Bellis started, and mostly impressed, alongside fellow teen Eric Garcia.

Garcia assisted Raheem Sterling on the opener, with Sterling in turn setting up Gabriel Jesus for 2-0. An own goal made it 3-0 before halftime.

Elsewhere

Arsenal 5-0 Nottingham Forest – Gabriel Martinelli scored his first two Arsenal goals, while Emile Smith-Rowe was stretchered off after apparent head injury. Rob Holding, Joe Willock, and Reiss Nelson also scored as Kieran Tierney made his Gunners debut in the shutout.

Crawley Town 1-1 (5-3, penalties) Stoke City – Goals traded in first half as Potters go down to 10 men in 61st minute. Stoke goal scorer Sam Vokes cracked the side’s first penalty off the bar,

Luton Town 0-4 Leicester City – Pretty easy for the Foxes, who rested most of its main men for a Premier League date with Newcastle United. James Justin scores in return to hometown club. Demarai Gray was at the double while Youri Tielemans also scored.

Watford 2-1 Swansea City – Danny Welbeck gets first Hornets goal, but Watford needed a late goal from Roberto Pereyra to push past Swans.435

Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Everton – Two early goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin quickly put upset hopes to bed as Marco Silva gets some relief.