Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool beat young Spurs in EFL Cup; Arsenal advance



Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by ESPN

Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool beat young Spurs in EFL Cup; Arsenal advance

Daniel Sturridge scored twice as Liverpool knocked out Tottenham from the EFL Cup with a 2-1 win at Anfield on Tuesday.

Both teams made changes -- 21 in total -- with Spurs captain Eric Dier the only man to have played for either side at the weekend. Youth was the order of the day, with Trent Alexander-Arnold making his Reds debut, but it was the experienced Sturridge who pounced to tuck home the opener in the ninth minute.

Liverpool doubled their lead in the 64th minute as Sturridge raced through onto a ball that split the defence from Georginio Wijnaldum to slot through Michel Vorm's legs and into the net.

The hosts gave Spurs a way back into the match when Lucas felled Lamela from behind with a clumsy tackle in the box and Vincent Janssen made it 2-1 from the spot in the 76th minute.

Tottenham then had a chance to equalise but Shayon Harrison miscontrolled a long ball and failed to get his shot off, and Liverpool hung on to progress.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted a brace as Arsenal saw off Reading 2-0.

Arsene Wenger also fielded a young team against the Championship side, including Emiliano Martinez in goal in place of first-choice Petr Cech, while Olivier Giroud returned from injury to make a substitute appearance.

Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring for the Gunners in the 33rd minute, powering a right-footed shot past Reading's Ali Al Habsi to give his team the lead ahead of half-time.

And he scored his second in the 78th minute when his well-hit, first-time shot from just outside the penalty area took a deflection and found its way into the net to effectively put the tie away.

Mike Phelan won his first game since being named permanent Hull City manager in a 2-1 victory at Bristol City.

Defenders Harry Maguire and Michael Dawson both headed home following corners on either side of half-time to put the Tigers through.

Lee Tomlin pulled a goal back for the hosts deep into stoppage time, but it was too late for an equaliser.

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Mohamed Diame both scored twice as Newcastle cruised to a 6-0 win over 10-man Preston North End.

The Serbia international headed home following a set-piece to open the scoring before Alan Browne saw a straight red card for elbowing Jack Colback.

Diame soon doubled Newcastle's lead with his first goal for the club and Matt Ritchie added a third from the penalty spot after fending off pleas from Mitrovic to take it, but two minutes later Mitrovic walked the ball through the box to score his second of the night anyway.

Diame added a fifth three minutes from time with a fine strike from distance following a long run, before Ayoze Perez capped the scoring in stoppage time.

Leeds United beat Norwich City on penalties after a 2-2 draw after extra time.

Alex Pritchard opened the scoring before Marcus Antonsson levelled things and it stayed that way to force extra time. Nelson Oliveira struck what he would have thought was the winning goal, but Chris Wood got Leeds back into the game again to send the match to penalties.

Leeds won 3-2 from the spot as Ronaldo Vieira struck after Marco Silvestri stopped Pritchard, Steven Naismith and Robbie Brady's efforts.

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