Manchester City beat Chelsea as Arsenal, Spurs crash out of League Cup

Manchester City increased the pressure on Graham Potter with a 2-0 win over Chelsea to progress to the last 16 of the League Cup on Wednesday as Arsenal and Tottenham crashed out.

The Gunners were beaten 3-1 at home by Brighton, while Spurs struggled to a 2-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest despite starting Harry Kane.

Holders Liverpool also survived a scare as they needed a penalty to stave off the League One Derby following a 0-0 draw at Anfield.

City won a battle of two much-changed sides at the Etihad as two goals in five second-half minutes from Riyad Mahrez and Julian Alvarez put Pep Guardiola’s men through to the next round.

Mahrez curled in a stunning free-kick from the edge of the box to break the deadlock after a tight first 45 minutes.

Alvarez then made the most of another chance to start ahead of Erling Haaland by tapping his third goal in as many games at the back post after being denied by Mahrez.

Arsenal keep City off the top of the Premier League but will not add their first League Cup since 1993 after Brighton continued their impressive comeback under Roberto De Gerby.

Eddie Nketiah’s fine finish put the hosts in front at the Emirates, but a slip by goalkeeper Karl Hein on his Arsenal debut gave Danny Welbeck the chance to equalize from the penalty spot against his old club.

Kaoru Mitoma’s powerful finish overturned the tie before Tariq Lamptey scored 19 minutes from time.

England manager Gareth Southgate may have been disappointed to see Kane start at the City Ground the night before he named his World Cup squad.

The England captain was finally rested for the final half-hour, but only as Antonio Conte seemingly put his side 2-0 down.

Renan Lodi cut onto his weaker right foot to fire in a superb opener early in the second half before Jesse Lingard scored his first goal for Forest.

– Kelleher’s Liverpool hero –

Caoimhin Kelleher was Liverpool’s hero, as he was for much of last season’s competition, as the Reds keeper saved three penalties in Derby.

Jurgen Klopp made 11 changes and it appeared the young side struggled to measure possession.

Roberto Firmino and Darwin Nunez failed to find a winner after coming on 25 minutes from time and Firmino capped a poor week after being left out of Brazil’s World Cup squad by blasting his penalty over the bar in the shootout.

But Kelleher, who scored the winning penalty in last year’s final, ensured Liverpool progressed.

Newcastle also needed a penalty to see past Crystal Palace after a 0-0 draw at St James’ Park.

Nick Pope will be in Southgate’s squad for Qatar and showed he can be called on if needed in penalties, saving three of Palace’s five spot-kicks.

Neither goalkeeper was able to save any of the 20 penalties at the London Stadium as Blackburn saw off West Ham.

The tie was level at 2-2 after 90 minutes as Ben Brereton Diaz equalized two minutes from time for Rovers.

Blackburn converted their 10 penalties and it ended when West Ham captain for the night Angelo Ogbonna hit the post.

Boubacar Traore’s strike five minutes from time gave Wolves a 1-0 win over Leeds.

Meanwhile, Southampton went through to penalties against Sheffield Wednesday after a 1-1 draw in front of Nathan Jones, who is expected to be appointed as the new Saints manager on Thursday.


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