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Published: 22:11 | 20/9/16

EFL round-up: Liverpool stroll, Chelsea fight back to win


Cesc Fabregas scored twice in extra time as Chelsea came from 2-0 down to beat 10-man Leicester City in their EFL Cup third round tie at the King Power Stadium.

Shinji Okazaki's header and improvised finish put the Foxes in the driving seat but Gary Cahill headed home right on half-time to give Antonio Conte's side hope.

Cesar Azpilicueta equalised with a beauty of a volley before Leicester's Marcin Wasilewski was sent off for receiving a second yellow card for a silly foul on Diego Costa late on.

Fabregas' neat finish put Chelsea ahead early in the second minute of extra time and he lashed home from near the penalty spot on 94 minutes to give the Blues control of the game.

In truth the remainder of extra time was played out at training ground pace as the 10 men of Leicester never looked capable of getting back into the game.


Liverpool eased through to the fourth round after they swept aside Championship side Derby 3-0 at Pride Park.

Ragnar Klavan put the Premier League side in front when he clinically finished a Philippe Coutinho corner for his first goal since joining in the summer.

The impressive Coutinho grabbed the second after some nice link-up play with Roberto Firmino.

The Brazilian then turned provider again as he fed Divock Origi who fired home a third to put the outclassed Rams firmly out of their misery.


At Goodison Park, Norwich produced a surprise as they dumped in-form Everton out of the competition.

Former Toffees forward Steven Naismith put the visitors ahead just before the break, lady luck smiling on the Scot as his effort looped into the net after he slipped when shooting.

Enner Valencia almost levelled matters but Alex Pritchard did superbly to clear the striker’s shot off the line.

Josh Murphy sealed an impressive victory for the Canaries when he drilled in a stunning drive from well outside the penalty area.

The defeat is Ronald Koeman's first as Everton manager.


10-man Reading produced a gutsy display to beat fellow Championship side Brighton 2-1 at the Flamer Stadium.

Ireland’s Stephen Quinn put the Royals ahead with a close-range finish just after the half-hour mark.

However, Jaap Stam’s side suffered a big blow when ex-Man Utd defender Tyler Blackett was sent off three minutes before half-time for a late tackle.

But the visitors pressed forward after the break and went two clear courtesy of a John Swift strike on 54 minutes.

Tomer Hemed halved the deficit with five minutes remaining to set up a grandstand finish.

Reading deservedly held on though to book their place in the next round.


Recent signing Lucas Perez scored his first Arsenal goals as they coasted past Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Granit Xhaka's followed his brilliant long-range strike with another scorcher to give the Gunners the lead.

Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner shot wide for Forest before Lucas doubled Arsene Wenger’s side’s lead from the penalty spot for his first for the club.

The £17m purchase from Deportivo la Coruna then rounded the goalkeeper for his second of the night before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finished powerfully in stoppage time to make it 4-0.


Simon Makienok's hat-trick saw Preston stun Bournemouth after extra time at Dean Court.

Makienok had given North End an early lead from inside the area.

The Cherries had come from behind to lead 2-1 courtesy of a Lewis Grabban penalty before Dan Gosling finished from close range.

But Makienok extended the game by extra half an hour after heading home on 85 minutes before he stabbed home the winning goal midway through the second additional period.


Yoan Gouffran and Matt Ritchie got on the scoresheet as Newcastle turned the tables on Wolves after losing to the same opponents in the league at the weekend.

Ritchie sidefooted home on 29 minutes before Gouffran doubled the lead two minutes later when he rifled in a spectacular volley from Ritchie's cross.

Mohamed Diame nearly had a third but his chipped effort bounced back off the crossbar with the below-par visitors creating few chances all night.


Substitute Chris Wood forced home a late winner to give Leeds United victory over fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road.

The 24-year-old got the only goal of the game via a follow-up header on 85 minutes after his initial effort was parried.

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