Zack Steffen and Manchester City crash out on penalties in the Carabao Cup, while Lynden Gooch and Sunderland are in the quarter finals.

West Ham United 0* – 0 Manchester City

*West Ham win 5-3 on penalties

Zack Steffen and Manchester City lose hold on a five year unbeaten streak in the Carabao Cup in a 5-3 penalty kick shoot out.

The game was scoreless through regular time, and had to be decided on penalties. Steffen got his hands to two of West Ham’s shots, but it wasn’t enough. English starlet Phil Foden missed the first penalty kick, which was enough to be the difference to send West Ham through to the quarter-finals.

Steffen was only truly called on in the first half with a rocket from Mark Noble, but the keeper made the save and City cleared the danger. However, it wasn’t meant to be a five-peat of titles in the Carabao Cup.

Steffen will likely be back to the bench in City’s next game: Saturday at home to Crystal Palace.

QPR 0 – 0* Sunderland

Sunderland win 3-1 on Penalties

Lynden Gooch got his first start since coming back from injury for Sunderland in their penalty kick shootout win in the Carabao League Cup win over Championship side Queens Park Rangers.

The game was scoreless in regular play, but partially due to an overturned goal due to an offside call in the 80th minute. The American had a few bright moments in his return to the starting line up, playing a great ball through to Leon Dajaku who missed his chance. Gooch also missed an attempt in the 54th minute before being substituted. 

Gooch went 64 minutes for The Black Cats and was not part of the penalty kick shootout drama.  QPR missed three from the spot to allow Sunderland the chance to advance, winning 3-1 on penalties. 

This result sees Sunderland, the lowest ranked team in the competition, surge into the Quarter Finals for the first time since 2014. Up next is Rotherham on Saturday in Championship action.

Notes:

Fabian Balogun made the bench for Arsenal in their 2-0 win over Leeds in the League Cup.

Christian Pulisic is still out injured and did not feature for Chelsea in their penalty kick shootout win over Southampton.

Matthew Olosunde did not feature for Preston North Ends 2-0 loss to Liverpool.

By Andrew Vorce

I do it all! Youth club coach for 15+ years, very retired semi-pro indoor player, journalist for Yanks Abroad, and VP of Operations for the Warrior Soccer Tour. Soccer, soccer, soccer. Avid soccer enthusiast and travel to Europe every summer to take kids to go compete against European youth teams.

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