Takumi Minamino Scored Brace As Liverpool Knocked Norwich Out Of Carabao Cup By 0-3

The visitors led after four minutes as Minamino produced a sharp turn and finish from Divock Origi’s knockdown.


Caoimhin Kelleher denied Norwich an equaliser before half-time, saving Christos Tzolis’ penalty with his foot.

Origi headed in Konstantinos Tsimikas‘ cross five minutes after the break and Minamino slotted in a late third.

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Both managers named nine changes from the weekend’s Premier League matches,

with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp handing debuts to teenagers Kaide Gordon and Conor Bradley from the start – plus Tyler Morton as a substitute.

The highly rated 16-year-old Gordon, signed from Championship side Derby County.

For an initial £1.1m in February, hinted at his potential as he fired narrowly wide after driving inside from the right midway through the first half.

Norwich improved as the opening period wore on but Adam Idah shot directly at,

Kelleher and Tzolis failed to deliver from the penalty spot after Bradley had fouled Dimitris Giannoulis.

And Liverpool moved out of reach after Pierre Lees-Melou missed a glorious opportunity to equalise,

early in the second half, with Minamino’s well-taken second from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s through ball sealing a comfortable victory.

Aubameyang Impressed With Hat-Trick As Arsenal Flush Out West Bromwich Albion In Carabao Cup

Aubameyang marked his first start of the season with two first-half tap-ins and a curling finish after the break.

He also acrobatically set up Nicolas Pepe for the third, with Bukayo Saka slotting in the Gunners’ fourth.

Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to fire in his side’s sixth.

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The win could have been even bigger too, with Martin Odegaard hitting the outside of the post from a tight angle and Pepe striking the bar with a chip.

West Brom fielded six debutants, five of them teenagers, but showed spirit right to the end on what was a difficult night for them.

The Baggies, who have made a superb start to this season under new boss Valerian Ismael, pressed high,

got the ball forward quickly and would have taken an early lead had goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, on his Arsenal debut, not pushed Tom Fellows’ whipped shot aside.

Even with the tie clearly decided they continued to carve out chances,

with Taylor Gardner-Hickman twice denied by Ramsdale in the second half.

Ultimately, though, Arsenal – who now face AFC Wimbledon – were a class above, with the ruthless Aubameyang looking sharp after recovering from coronavirus.

He could hardly miss in scoring both of his first two goals, firstly following up Saka’s saved shot to slot in before turning the ball in again after Pepe had hit the post.

His third was much harder to execute, but he did so with aplomb, curling in from 18 yards after cutting into the box.

With the Gabon striker among the goals, Pepe and Saka opening their own accounts for the season,

and Lacazette adding to the competition up front, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta can be more optimistic about facing Manchester City in the Premier League this coming weekend.

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, speaking to Sky Sports: “Great feeling. I’m happy we won this game. It’s good to build confidence of the team.

“The commitment of every player is always there 100%. We try our best to give the fans what they want.

“This hopefully can give us something to build our confidence for the next games. We had to work hard and keep pushing.

“Everyone knows I like the space [in behind a defence]. My team-mates played very well. It was a good game today.

“We still have 36 games left so we will give our best for a good season.”

West Brom are expecting to welcome Arsenal in the second round of the Carabao Cup, while Aston Villa will travel to Barrow.

AllPremier League sides not involved in Europe featured in the second-round draw, with Newcastle taking on Burnley and Leeds hosting League One side Crewe, while Everton have drawn Championship opposition in Huddersfield Town.

Elsewhere,Watford drew Crystal Palace, Southampton are heading to League Two outfit Newport County, and Premier League newcomers Brentford welcome Forest Green Rovers.

The matches

Tottenham have been given an automatic ticket to the Carabao Cup fourth round. With Leyton Orient forced to forfeit their round-three tie due to Covid-19 results of their team.

Jose Mourinho’s men will now host Chelsea in a London Derby.

This is coming after the original fixture between Spurs and Orient was called off on Tuesday, after several Leyton players tested positive for COVID-19.


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On Friday, an EFL statement reads;

“In accordance with Carabao Cup Rules, Tottenham Hotspur have been awarded with a bye to progress to Round Four of the Carabao Cup and will now play Chelsea on Tuesday 29 September.”


Check out the complete fourth round of Carabao Cup (EFL Cup) draw below:

Liverpool vs Arsenal
Burnley vs Manchester City
Brentford vs Fulham
Everton vs West Ham
Aston Villa vs Stoke City
Leyton Orient/Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea
Newport County vs Newcastle United
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester United

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