QPR beat Everton 8-7 in a spectacular penalty shootout to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
The Championship side had taken the lead twice in regulation at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium thanks to a brace from Charlie Austin, but goals from Lucas Digne and Andros Townsend equalized the game twice.
Ultimately, it was the Rangers who reached the next stage of the competition, as Tom Davies missed the shootout’s 15th penalty – after 14 successful efforts – and Jimmy Dunne stepped in for QPR to settle the tie.
QPR caught twice but on penalties
QPR was coming out of back-to-back league losses but you wouldn’t have known it by the confidence they showed as they buzzed around the pitch in the first half.
Sam McCallum, Ilias Chair and Chris Willock, in particular, were causing trouble on the left side, and it was their combination that led to Austin’s opening scoring in the 18th minute, as McCallum’s cross took was placed in the forward’s path by Asmir Begovic, who strained all the muscles in his neck upward to send the ball back over the line.
That goal seemed to wake Everton up a bit, and moments after Alex Iwobi missed a glorious chance to level them up after a Yoann Barbet mistake, they found the equalizer in the 30th minute as the smart ball from Townsend above found Digne’s run, who crept coldly inside the near post.
That didn’t deter QPR, however, and four minutes later Austin restored his lead, glancing from Chair’s cross header past Begovic and into the bottom corner.
The second half started out as breathless as the first half ended, and within two minutes of the restart Everton were level again. QPR failed to properly handle a corner that was swung into the near post, and Townsend was vigilant in the box to push him home after Seny Dieng parried the ball in his way.
Everton controlled the rest of the process but couldn’t find the necessary breakthrough as the game ended with a penalty shootout.
After the first 14 attempts, it was Davies who saw his effort saved by Dieng, and Jimmy Dunne stepped in to score the decisive blow, sealing an 8-7 shootout victory and QPR passing in the fourth round.
What the managers said …
QPR Mark Warburton: “I thought we were very, very good from the first whistle. We were incisive and played on the front foot. .
“For a man, our players deserve so much credit. The penalties for both teams were high quality, but they showed great character. That’s what a cup tie is, and it was a great one. evening for the fans. “
Everton’s Rafa Benítez: “I think we did pretty well. We had 17 away attempts. We fought twice so we showed character and attitude. But we still have to be better in both areas. We conceded too easily and missed chances which made the difference in the game.
“You can’t say too much because the team was working so hard. We had enough chances to win the game. We were pushing all the time. I hope it will be just a little bit of fatigue and we will see (with injuries). The players gave their all on the pitch. “
Man of the Match – Andros Townsend
One man who didn’t deserve to be on the losing side was Townsend, who appears to be reborn at Everton this season. He brought his team back twice in the match with a nice assist for Digne and then a poacher effort for the second. If he can maintain that type of form, he will continue to be a good deal for Rafa Benitez this season.
QPR travel to West Brom for Sky Bet Championship clash on Friday night, live Sky Sports Football from 7 p.m. before kick-off at 7.45 p.m. Everton are back in the Premier League on Saturday as they host Norwich at Goodison Park at 3pm.
When is the draw for the fourth round of the Carabao Cup?
The fourth round draw will take place after the third round clash between Manchester United and West Ham on Wednesday night; kick off at 7.45 p.m. The draw will be live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.
- Fourth round: October 26 and 27
- Quarter-finals: December 21 and 22
- Semi-finals: January 4/5 and 11/12
- Final: February 27