BATTLING UNITEDS BOW OUT OF THE EFL CUP
THEY gave it their best shot, but Newcastle United and Leeds United were not able to ensure an EFL presence in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup.
Championship pacesetters Newcastle suffered an agonising quarter-final defeat when they went down on penalties at Hull City last Tuesday.
After a goalless 90 minutes, it looked as though penalties would not be needed when the Magpies took the lead in the eighth minute of extra-time through ex-Hull midfielder Mohamed Diame.
With the Tigers down to ten men from the 89th minute following Dieumerci Mbokani’s dismissal, Newcastle looked good bets to reach the last four.
But Robert Snodgrass levelled for Hull just a minute after Diame’s goal.
Newcastle must have had that sinking feeling when it went to spot-kicks, having lost eight out of nine of their previous penalty shoot-outs.
And so it proved as Hull kept their cool to triumph 3-1. Only Christian Atsu netted for the Magpies, with Jonjo Shelvey and Yoan Gouffran both denied by Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic and Dwight Gayle hitting the bar.
Frustrated Magpies boss Rafa Benitez, who saw his team have 32 shots, said: “When you do well, you have to finish the openings. We have to have more experience and control these things. Penalties are a lottery.”
Meanwhile, Leeds bowed out of the competition with a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool.
It took 76 minutes for the Reds to break down the visitors, with Divock Origi netting. Teenager Ben Woodburn netted their second five minutes later.
Whites boss Garry Monk said: “I thought we looked excellent on the break and we had the best chances. I think what was missing was that bit of composure and luck.”
Hull play Manchester United and Liverpool face Southampton in the semis.
GOAL: Mohamed Diame