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League Cup draw: Four all-PL ties including Liverpool-Chelsea

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Newcastle United, Huddersfield Town, Brighton and Hove Albion, and Cardiff City are gone, but 16 clubs still have thoughts of lifting the 2018-19 League Cup.

Cup holders Manchester City join six European combatants as clubs learning their first opponents of this season’s tournament with Thursday’s draw.

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They’ll travel to Oxford United, quite a difference in opponent to Top Four rivals Chelsea and Liverpool, who will be matched up at Anfield. It’s one of four all-Premier League ties.

Manchester United will renew acquaintances with longtime foe Frank Lampard, who is leading Derby County.

The matches will be staged the week of Sept. 24.

League Cup third round
Arsenal vs. Brentford
Burton Albion vs. Burnley
Wycombe Wanderers vs. Norwich City
West Bromwich Albion vs. Crystal Palace
Liverpool vs. Chelsea
Millwall vs. Fulham
West Ham United vs. Macclesfield Town
Oxford United vs. Manchester City
Bournemouth vs. Blackburn
Preston North End vs. Middlesbrough
Blackpool vs. Queens Park Rangers
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Watford
Everton vs. Southampton
Manchester United vs. Derby County
Nottingham Forest vs. Stoke City

League Cup: Foxes oust LFC; Stoke, Burnley upset (video)


Leicester City turned to its favorite tactics to send Liverpool out of the League Cup, while Bristol City stunned struggling Stoke City as 11 matches dotted the English tournament landscape on Tuesday.

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Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool

Both sides were decidedly second-string, and the Reds had plenty of control over the proceedings despite a lack of goals.

But substitute Shinji Okazaki scored in traffic after Vicente Iborra headed a corner kick his way, and the Foxes took a late lead.

And Okazaki cued up Islam Slimani for a wonderful 78th minute marker (see above) to ensure the result.

Bristol City 2-0 Stoke City

The Robins were flying at Ashton Gate, getting an opener in the 50th minute through Famara Diedhiou and a 60th minute insurance tally from Matt Taylor.

Stoke left some starters on the bench in Erik Pieters, Joe Allen, Jack Butland, and Jese, but had plenty of their best in the XI (Kurt Zouma, Eric Choupo-Moting, Darren Fletcher).

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Barnsley

Spurs had a hefty edge in shots and possession, but the visitors held firm against a decent side including Dele Alli, Son Heung-min, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele.

Fernando Llorente made his first Spurs start, but it was Dele who broke the Londoners through on the side’s 17th shot of the night.

Burnley 2-2 (3-5 PKs) Leeds United

Sean Dyche‘s Premier Leaguers were dismissed from the tournament by Thomas Christiansen’s high-flying Championship side.

It took penalty kicks, where Leeds GK Andy Lonergan stopped James Tarkowski to send the Clarets out of the Cup.

Hadi Sacko had an eye for the winner, assisted by Pablo Hernandez, but Chris Wood converted an 89th minute penalty to, seemingly, send the match to extra time.

Hernandez then scored a penalty of his own in stoppage time, only for Robbie Brady‘s free kick to equalize and again put the match on pace for extra time.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Huddersfield Town
Aston Villa 0-2 Middlesbrough
Brentford 1-3 Norwich City
Bournemouth 1-0 (ET) Brighton
West Ham 3-0 Bolton
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 (ET) Bristol Rovers
Reading 0-2 Swansea City
Arsenal vs. Doncaster Rovers — Wednesday
Chelsea vs. Nottingham Forest — Wednesday
Everton vs. Sunderland — Wednesday
Manchester United vs. Burton Albion — Wednesday
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City — Wednesday

Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City: Caballero stops three PKs as City wins fourth League Cup

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What a Cup final we just saw at Wembley Stadium between Liverpool and Manchester City; A shame it had to end in kicks

Fernandinho‘s early second-half goal was set even by Philippe Coutinho‘s late tally, and the match went to kicks tied at 1.

Fernandinho hit the post with his first PK attempt after Emre Can converted, but Lucas Leiva was saved by Willy Caballero and Jesus Navas scored to level it up.

Then Caballero stopped Coutinho, and it was City’s match to lose. Aguero made his shot. Caballero stopped Lallana, and Yaya Toure won it.

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Booed at each touch, Raheem Sterling won a free kick against his old team deep in Liverpool territory. The Reds were up for the challenge, though, with Mamadou Sakho clearing.

Chances at both ends in the 24th minute. Nathaniel Clyne played James Milner through for a chance that City blocked, then Sergio Aguero cruised past Sakho en route to a great shot that Simon Mignolet pushed off the post.

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Mignolet won’t like replays of the opener, as Liverpool’s back line respected Aguero plenty as the Argentine laid the ball off to Fernandinho, who shot low to beat Mignolet under the arm when standing pat and closing his legs might’ve done the trick.

It should’ve been 2-0, but Sterling missed a streaking tap-in. He passed it wide of goal.

Maybe none, if Michael Oliver whistled Alberto Moreno for a wanton kick at Aguero. The replays showed the Argentine embellishing the play.

The majority of Liverpool’s attack in the second half went through James Milner, and the normally reliable midfielder was a touch off for most of the contest.

Sterling missed another prime chance in the 80th minute. Would the ex-Liverpool man’s mistakes make a difference for the Reds?

Maybe! Adam Lallana hit the post in the 84th minute, only for Coutinho to bank the rebound and leave us tied at 1.

Mignolet made late stops on Fernandinho and Yaya Toure, and extra time was coming.

Lallana won a free kick in the 97th minute, but Liverpool opted for a short kick and possession.

City had a tremendous chance before the first extra time period ended, but Mignolet tipped away Aguero’s chip.

In the second session, Nicolas Otamendi clattered into Nathaniel Clyne, giving away a free kick that Sturridge hit within reach of Caballero. Still 1-1.

The final five minutes saw a skirmish between Yaya Toure and Lallana, with the Ivorian shoving the Liverpool midfielder to the ground.

LIVE — Manchester City and Liverpool tangle for silverware in League Cup final

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Jurgen Klopp and Manuel Pellegrini seek trophies for very different reasons when Liverpool and Manchester City meet at Wembley Stadium on Sunday in the League Cup final.

Kickoff is at 11:30 a.m. ET.

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For Klopp, a trophy would be a hopeful start to a title-winning tradition at Liverpool.

For Pellegrini, it’s the first jewel in a defiant triple crown he’d love to wear after the League Cup, Champions League and Premier League seasons end, then signaling the start of the Pep Guardiola era at the Etihad Stadium.

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Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lucas, Sakho, Moreno, Can, Henderson, Milner, Firmino, Coutinho, Sturridge. Subs: Bogdan, Toure, Benteke, Lallana, Allen, Origi, Flanagan.

Manchester City: Caballero, Sagna, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Sterling, Aguero. Subs: Hart, Kolarov, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Navas, Iheanacho, Bony.

Everton 2-1 Manchester City: Lukaku scores, injured in League Cup semi

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Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku scored to give Everton a 2-1 lead after one leg of their League Cup semifinal against Manchester City at Goodison Park.

Jesus Navas scored the potentially-critical away goal for City, with the second leg coming up on Jan. 27.

Sadly for Everton, fans may be just as distraught about Lukaku limping off the field after scoring as they are excited about being 90 minutes from the League Cup final.

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Funes Mori was in the right spot to tap Everton into a 1-0 lead just before halftime, as Ross Barkley‘s shot from outside the 18 was saved onto the doorstep by Wily Caballero.

Everton had a pair of first-half goals disallowed, but Funes Mori’s tap-in made sure the home side had a lead going into halftime.

City came close to finding an equalizer midway through the second half, as Sergio Aguero took a touch but leaned back while blasting a 10-yard shot over the bar.

But a picture-perfect counter attack allowed Man City to capture a vital away goal. Fernandinho made a long, gorgeous pass that Sergio Aguero squared for Navas to work past Joel Robles. 1-1 in the 71st minute.

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But Lukaku answered back moments later, heading a fantastic left-footed cross from Seamus Coleman past Caballero to make it 2-1.

Lukaku was injured on the play, and had to leave the game with a significant limp.