21 September 2016
Eight matches were played in the third round of the English Football League, EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
In the star attraction of the evening, Chelsea took on Premier League Champions, Leicester City. The match saw two Nigerian internationals, Victor Moses (Chelsea) and Ahmed Musa (Leicester), face-off .
Chelsea had to dig deep to pull a memorable come back having gone two goals down in the first half at the King Power Stadium. Chelsea won the match 4 – 2 in extra-time.
Nigerian Forward, Ahmed Musa made his first start for the Foxes’ in the defeat which resulted in their elimination from the competition. Musa yet again played below the standard expected of a big money transfer. He’s still in search of his first competitive goal for Leicester.
Since Musa had not been playing to his billing, Leicester had an hero in Japanese Striker, Shinji Okazaki – at least until Chelsea showed their class – as he scored a brace, thanks to two horrible defending lapses by Chelsea.
Chelsea defender, Gary Cahill, initiated Chelsea’s comeback on the stroke of half-time when he pulled one back for the Londoners.
Another Chelsea’s defender, Cesar Azplicueta drew Chelsea level with a spectacular volley from outside the box.
After Chelsea’s equaliser, Ahmed Musa had a chance to send Leicester back in the lead in the 74th minute when he capitalised on another defensive error from Chelsea’s defence to set up a one-on-one with Begovic; but the Chelsea goalkeeper saved his chipped shot.
With Chelsea refusing to convert their many chances, the match dragged into extra time where Cesc Fabregas scored two goals in three minutes to wrap up a deserved victory for the Londoners.
Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, was left out of the match. Mikel is still waiting for his first match under manager, Antonio Conte.
It was a goal feast at the City Stadium as visitors, Arsenal, thrashed Nottingham Forest by 4-0. Nigerian-born British international, Chuba Akpom, was in action.
Two goals from new signing Lucaz Perez, a goal from another summer signing, Granit Xhaka and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, ensured the Gunners’ qualification to the next round. Arsenal has now scored eight goals in their last two games – both away matches. Their next is at home against Chelsea and they’ll be hoping they can keep their scoring form on track.
On the back of an impressive win over Chelsea in the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool continued their impressive start to the season by beating Derby County 3 – 0 away from home at The iPro Stadium.
New Signing, Ragnar Klavan, put Liverpool ahead in the 24th minute before two other goals from Brazilian, Phillipe Coutinho (50 mins) and Belgian, Divock Origi (54 mins) sealed the victory for the Reds.
The shock of the night came at Goodison Park where Everton lost to championship side, Norwich City. The defeat was the Merseysiders’ first of the season under new manager Ronald Koeman.
- Bournemouth 2 – 3 Preston
- Brighton 1 – 2 Reading
- Derby 0 – 3 Liverpool
- Everton 0 – 2 Norwich
- Leeds United 1 – 0 Blackburn
- Leicester 2 – 4 Chelsea
- Newcastle 2 – 0 Wolves
- Nottingham Forest 0 – 4 Arsenal
Matches continue this evening in the EFL.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.