Carabao Cup first round: Mark Hughes’ Bradford upset Hull, Stevenage knocked out Reading and Portsmouth beat Cardiff | Soccer News


Mark Hughes celebrated a Carabao Cup scalp as Bradford saw off Championship visitors Hull 2-1 at Valley Parade.

Andy Cook scored twice for the Ligue 2 side, who came from behind to register their first home victory in the competition for eight years.

Randell Williams set up Ozan Tufan for a ferocious drive which Harry Lewis tipped over the bar – but the ball bounced off the Bradford keeper and into the net for an unfortunate own goal.

But the home side turned the game upside down with two goals from Cook five minutes before half-time.

Luton 2-3 Newport

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Highlights from the Carabao Cup first round match between Luton Town and Newport County.

James Waite scored the late winner as League Two Newport upset Luton in the Carabao Cup first round, winning 3-2 at Kenilworth Road.

Luton Town took the lead after 30 minutes with a superb drive from 35 yards into the top corner from Carlos Mendes Gomes, but were caught six minutes later when Lewis Collins equalized.

Newport responded quickly again when Tom Lockyer made it 2-1 for the hosts, as Chanka Zimba equalized for the second time minutes later.

The Exiles booked their place in the next round in the 75th minute when Zimba’s shot was missed by Matt Macey and Waite brought the loose ball home.

Charlton 1-1 QPR (5-3 on penalties)

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Highlights from the Carabao Cup first round game between Charlton Athletic and Queens Park Rangers.

Joe Wollacott made the crucial save in a penalty shootout to send Charlton 5-3 up against QPR after a 1-1 draw.

Substitute Tyler Roberts scored on his QPR debut in style as the Leeds loanee striker netted a superb strike from the edge of the box with 10 minutes remaining.

There was late drama, however, as Aaron Henry headed home just before stoppage time to send the tie on penalties.

Reading 1-2 Stevenage

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Highlights from the Carabao Cup first round between Reading and Stevenage.

Danny Rose hit a late winner as an inexperienced Reading side escaped the Carabao Cup first round after a 2-1 home loss to Stevenage.

The League Two side dominated a scrappy first half, going ahead from the start when 19-year-old loanee Saxon Earley scored from inside the box.

Reading equalized in the 63rd minute through Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan’s first goal for the club, but Danny Rose pounced a minute from time to put the Hertfordshire side through.

Cardiff 0-3 Portsmouth

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Carabao Cup first round highlights between Cardiff City and Portsmouth.

Three second-half goals helped Portsmouth avenge their loss to Cardiff at the same stadium five years ago as they qualified for the Carabao Cup second round with a 3-0 win at the Cardiff City Stadium.

After a scoreless first half, Joe Pigott, Ronan Curtis from the penalty spot and substitute Colby Bishop scored to take the side through League One.

To add insult to injury, Cardiff debutant Daley-Campbell was sent off at the last minute for a challenge on Joe Rafferty.

Morecambe 0-0 Stoke (5-3 on penalties)

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Highlights from the Carabao Cup first round match between Morecambe and Stoke City.

Morecambe produced one of the Carabao Cup first round shockers as they beat Championship side Stoke 5-3 on penalties after the match at Mazuma Stadium ended 0-0 after 90 minutes.

The victory was all the more memorable for the Ligue 1 side as they were forced to play the last 28 minutes of the game with 10 men after midfielder Jensen Weir was harshly sent off for two yellow cards in quick succession.

Shane McLoughlin sealed the shootout victory with Dylan Connolly, Jonathan Obika, Caleb Watts and Donald Love all scoring from the spot.

Morgan Fox was the Stoke player who failed to hit the target and despite Will Smallbone, Sam Clucas and Jordan Thompson beating Connor Ripley from the spot, the home side won the tie.

Blackpool 0-0 Barrow (3-4 on penalties)

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Highlights from the Carabao Cup first round match between Blackpool and Barrow.

Sky Bet League Two side Barrow produced a heroic performance to knock Championship side Blackpool out of the Carabao Cup, winning 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw.

Paul Farman denied Callum Connolly from the spot, before Lewis Fiorini exploded the decisive penalty to give the Cumbrians their first victory over the Lancashire side.

Farman previously denied Shayne Lavery an apparent end to the shootout, but he was ruled to have left his line, while Chris Maxwell’s stoppage of Harrison Neal proved unsuccessful.

Norwich 2-2 Birmingham (4-2 on penalties)

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Highlights from the Carabao Cup first round game between Norwich City and Birmingham City.

Norwich beat Birmingham 4-2 on penalties to progress in the Carabao Cup after losing a two-goal second-half lead to draw 2-2 after 90 minutes at Carrow Road.

Josh Sargent converted the game-winning spot-kick after Sam Cosgrove and Jonathan Leko had their efforts saved by Angus Gunn in an entertaining all-championship encounter.

A cautious first half of a few clean chances came to fruition in spectacular fashion with two stoppage time goals from Daniel Sinani and Jacob Sorensen for the hosts.

Leko halved Birmingham’s deficit before Jordan Graham’s corner fell on young defender Jonathan Tomkinson, making his Canaries debut.

Oxford 2-2 Swansea (5-3 on penalties)

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Highlights from the Carabao Cup clash between Oxford United and Swansea City.

Oxford’s League One shocked Swansea 5-3 on penalties after falling two goals down at half-time to force a 2-2 draw.

Jay Fulton fired Swans ahead in the eighth minute, wrapping a free kick 20 yards around the wall before Liam Cullen doubled the lead on 25 minutes.

Oxford pulled one back 18 minutes from time when Alex Gorrin charged in goalkeeper Steven Benda’s too-casual clearance, the ball ricocheting into the goal, Cameron Brannagan’s free-kick completing the turnover.

In the shootout, McGinty saved Matty Sorinola and Brannagan crushed United’s winning penalty.

Huddersfield 1-4 Preston

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Highlights from the Carabao Cup first round game between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End.

Preston qualified for the second round of the Carabao Cup with a comfortable 4-1 win over Huddersfield.

Troy, on loan from Tottenham, put Preston ahead, before two finishes from Ali McCann – both assisted by Manchester United loanee Alvaro Fernandez – made it 3-1.

Brad Potts added a fourth, thanks to a deflection from Will Boyle, to pile the misery on Huddersfield. Jordan Rhodes placed consolation past Freddie Woodman midway through the second half, but there was no turning back for Town.

Fleetwood 1-0 Wigan

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Highlights from the Carabao Cup first round game between Fleetwood Town and Wigan Athletic.

Ged Garner led Scott Brown’s Fleetwood into the next round of the Carabao Cup with a first-half header past the big roaming support of Wigan.




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