Leeds United 2 Norwich City 2 (Leeds win 3-2 on penalties after extra-time)
PUBLISHED: 22:39 25 October 2016 | UPDATED: 08:38 26 October 2016
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Norwich City bowed out of the EFL Cup in dramatic fashion after losing a penalty shoot-out to Leeds United at Elland Road on Tuesday night.
City led twice against a Whites’ outfit forced to play extra-time with 10 men after making all their substitutions but Alex Pritchard, Steven Naismith and finally Robbie Brady all failed from the penalty spot before Ronaldo Vieira kept his cool to steer the hosts into the quarter-finals.
Pritchard headed Norwich in front before Marcus Antonsson bundled home an equaliser but Nelson Oliveira looked to have won it for the Canaries in the first period of extra-time until Chris Wood slotted from close-range.
Brady, Alex Tettey and captain for the evening Ryan Bennett were the only starters retained from Saturday’s 1-0 Championship defeat to Preston. Ben Godfrey got his first senior Norwich start, excluding the club’s EFL Trophy campaign, while Louis Thompson and Josh Murphy were also given the chance to impress Alex Neil.
The Canaries’ bench was a mix of youth and experience with Kyle Lafferty and Michael Turner included alongside Louis Ramsay and Carlton Morris.
Both sets of players, backroom staff and supporters paused for a moment’s applause prior to kick-off in memory of former Leeds keeper Gary Sprake, who died recently. Steven Naismith tested Marco Silvestri with 25 seconds gone but the home keeper guessed right to shovel his right-footed shot away.
City did punish Leeds from their own corner with a rapier counter, triggered by Oliveira, who fed Naismith to pick out the overlapping Brady to surge down the left and whip a cross to the back post headed home by Pritchard.
Leeds were forced to commit numbers forward in an attempt to get back on level terms, leaving them vulnerable to the counter. Murphy profited from Thompson’s retrieval work but his low angled shot lacked the power to beat Silvestri.
The Leeds keeper then denied Brady when he tipped over his curling right-footed shot in the 33rd minute before Oliveira’s goalbound half-volley, from Brady’s corner, was hacked clear by Alex Mowatt on his goal line.
Leeds did have the ball in the net in the 39th minute from Mowatt’s corner but Kyle Bartley was booked for handling the set piece past John Ruddy at the near post once the home cheers had receded.
But the hosts were level two minutes from the end of the half when Antonsson bundled home Souleymane Doukara’s cut-back after Godfrey was unable to deal with Kemar Roofe’s initial deep cross on the opposite flank.
Pritchard’s free kick had Silvestri scrambling across his line but the ball veered wide of his right-hand post.
Neil made a change at the interval with Graham Dorrans replacing fellow central midfielder Tettey.
Ruddy kept his side level in the 55th minute with a reaction stop to foil Doukara who rose unmarked at a near post corner.
Oliveira burst past three Leeds defenders but Silvestri tipped his angled shot over the bar in the 65th minute. City were fortunate to survive in the 70th minute when Mowatt wastefully hooked wide of an open goal after Ruddy failed to judge the flight of Doukara’s cross which evaded Wood.
Neil introduced Sergi Canos for Murphy in the 71st minute before Michael Turner replaced Godfrey with the visitors’ looking to stem the threat down their right.
The Spaniard struggled to get into the action in a frenetic final quarter of normal time but did force Silvestri to drop on his long range shot in the 88th minute.
Leeds were forced to play extra-time with 10 men after Lewie Coyle was unable to return following treatment in the final seconds of normal time and Garry Monk having made all three substitutions.
City needed nine minutes to make their numerical advantage count when Pritchard picked out the unmarked Oliveira who buried a header seven yards out.
But City were again masters of their own downfall with Leeds running out of time and ideas when Dorrans and Pritchard were out-muscled in midfield before Brady was caught by a ball in behind for Hadi Sacko who forced Ruddy to parry into the path of Wood who slotted from close range to set up a painful penalty shoot-out.
• Leeds: Silvestri, Coyle, Cooper, Bartley, Berardi, Vieira, Mowatt (Sacko 76), Grimes, Doukaka (Phillips 80) Roofe, Antonsson (Wood 67). Subs (not used): Green (GK), Ayling, O’Kane, Taylor.
• Bookings: Bartley (ungentlemanly conduct, 39); Silvestri (dissent, 99)
• Goals: Antonsson (43), Wood (109)
• Norwich: Ruddy, Godfrey (Turner 76), Bennett, Bassong, Brady, Tettey (Dorrans 45), Thompson, Josh Murphy (Canos 71), Naismith, Pritchard, Oliveira. Subs (not used): Jones (GK), Lafferty, Morris, Ramsay.
• Bookings: Bennett (foul on Antonsson, 42); Brady (foul on Sacko, 79); Canos (foul on Berardi, 112);
• Goals: Pritchard (14), Oliveira (99)
• Time added on: 3 minutes / 3 minutes (normal time)
• Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northants)
• Attendance: 22,222 (1,905 away fans)
• Penalties (those in capitals failed to score)
• Leeds: Wood, Roofe, PHILLIPS, GRIMES, Vieria
• Norwich: Dorrans, PRITCHARD, NAISMITH, Oliveira, BRADY
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