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Published: 23:31 | 19/9/17

EFL round-up: Liverpool knocked out by Leicester


Liverpool were left to rue a host of missed chances as Leicester knocked them out of the Carabao Cup third round on a 2-0 scoreline at King Power Stadium.

Second half goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani turned the game on its head after the visitors, who have won this competition a record eight times, dominated the first half.

Liverpool made eight changes from the team that drew with Burnley at Anfield on Saturday, including a first start for former Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and he almost celebrated with an early goal, but was denied by a last-ditch challenge from Ben Childwell.

The Reds, with Philippe Coutinho pulling the strings in midfield, continued to dominate and Dominic Solanke was inches away from connecting with a teasing cross from Andy Robertson before the Scot drilled the ball across the face of the goal.

Solanke then pounced on a deft lob from Coutinho, but Leicester keeper Ben Hamer was alert and forced the former Chelsea apprentice to rush his effort wide of the far post.

Liverpool withdrew Coutinho in the second-half and Leicester began to grab a foothold in the match.

Demarai Gray sounded a warning when he fired just wide from the edge of the box, before substitute Okazaki pounced on a nod down from Vincent Iborra to bundle the ball into the corner of the net.

A frustrating night got even worse for Liverpool when Slimani powered his way through the Reds rearguard before unleashing a left-foot drive into the top corner.

Liverpool are next in action on the eir Sport pack in their Premier League game against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, 23 September, a match which will be shown live on BT Sport 1 [kick off 5.30pm]

In-form Championship outfit Bristol City claimed the scalp of Premier League Stoke City in an impressive 2-0 win at Ashton Gate.

The home side dominated the first half, but it was Stoke who came closest to breaking the deadlock when Kurt Zouma rose to power a header off the crossbar.

The Robins came out the traps quickest after the break, and after Matt Taylor's shot cannoned off the post, Famara Diedhiou followed up to find the net.

Stoke had won just once in their last ten visits to Ashton Gate and the poor run was set to continue as Taylor, making his first start of the season, ghosted behind a static Potters defence on the hour mark to drill a low ball into the corner.

Bacary Sako handed struggling Crystal Palace their first goal since 22 August as the South London club gained some revenge for their demoralising 3-0 defeat by Huddersfield Town on the opening day of the Premier League, with a 1-0 win at Selhurst Park.

The Mali international was picked out by an Andros Townsend corner to nod home from close range and score his first goal in nearly two years and Roy Hodgson's first as the Eagles' boss.

Huddersfield should have been on level terms just after the break, but Tom Ince shot straight at Julian Speroni after racing on to a long ball from Rajiv van la Parra, and then Palace keeper Speroni denied substitute Abdelhamid Sabiri from close range, with Palace going on to book their spot in the last-16.

Championship side Leeds knocked out Premier League Burnley 5-3 on penalties after extra-time following a thrilling 2-2 draw at Turf Moor.

Hadi Sacko appeared to have given the South Yorkshire club victory with a low drive late on, but former Leeds striker Chris Wood came off the bench to equalise in the final minute from the penalty spot.

Pablo Hernandez then restored Leeds' lead again from the spot, but there was enough time for Ireland international Robbie Brady to force extra-time with a fierce free-kick.

Leeds winger Stuart Dallas held his nerve to slot home the decisive penalty in the shoot-out after there were no further goals in extra-time.

An injury time strike from Josh King was enough to earn Bournemouth a second victory over Brighton in five days as they came through 1-0 after extra-time at Vitality Stadium.

In a largely forgettable contest, the Cherries were unable to hammer home their dominance in 90 minutes with Benik Afobe going closest, but just failing to steer home a Jordan Ibe cross.

Norwegian striker King raced clear of a tiring Seagulls rearguard on 99 minutes to pounce on a Marc Pugh through-ball to settle the tie.

West Ham proved far too classy for Bolton Wanderers at London Stadium as they ran out 3-0 winners over the Championship team. 

The tie was just four minutes old when the Hammers took the lead with Marko Arnautovic swinging in a free-kick and Angelo Ogbonna charging in to crash home a header from close range.

Just past the half-hour mark Diafra Sakho doubled the home side’s advantage; Arnautovic was again the creator as he pulled back from the left for Sakho to slot home with a first-time finish.

The icing on the cake came four minutes into injury time, when Arthur Masuaku was played in by Andre Ayew on the edge of the box, before finishing to the top-right corner

Two second-half goals saw Swansea claim a 2-0 victory against Championship outfit Reading away at the Madjeski Stadium.

It took until the 52nd minute for the Swans to break the deadlock through Alfie Mawson, when he was able to nip in past the defence from a corner and finish home at the near post.

Jordan Ayew sealed the victory on 83 minutes with a right-footed shot from the centre of the box that nestled in the bottom-right corner.

A solitary goal was enough to see Tottenham past Championship side Barnsley 1-0 at Wembley.

England international Dele Alli was the man who got the winner for Spurs after 65 minutes. Kieran Trippier escaped down the right flank before rolling the ball into the centre where Alli was waiting to tuck the ball away.

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