First start, first goal!

By Daily Sports Nigeria on September 28, 2023

•Iwobi scores as Fulham edge Norwich

Alex Iwobi scored on his first start for Fulham as Marco Silva’s side beat Norwich City to reach the Carabao Cup fourth round.

The Nigeria midfielder finished off a fine team move in the second half after Carlos Vinicius’ first-half opener at Craven Cottage.

Norwich had more shots on target and reduced the deficit through a debut strike from Borja Sainz, but the Championship side could not find a goal to take the tie to penalties.

Vinicius put Fulham ahead on 12 minutes with a close-range finish from Willian’s free-kick for his second goal in three games.

The Brazilian almost doubled the lead for Silva’s side just before the break, but his first-time finish from Fode Ballo-Toure’s pass was dragged just wide.

As Norwich lost possession in their own half, Fulham worked their way around the Canaries’ box and Iwobi eventually scored their second in the 72nd minute with a tidy finish into the bottom corner from Harry Wilson’s lay-off.

Jackson hands Chelsea win
A Nicolas Jackson goal saw Chelsea beat Brighton in an intense game to reach the Carabao Cup fourth round at Stamford Bridge.

These two sides have dealt with each other a lot in the past 12 months with 10 members of staff having moved to Chelsea for around £200m – and the match carried an extra edge than you’d usually get at this stage of the competition. Jackson’s winning strike came in the 50th minute after a good move.

Ian Maatsen played the ball to the excellent Cole Palmer – impressive on his first start – who put the ball through Jan Paul van Hecke’s legs for Jackson to sweep home into the bottom corner.

Solly March had the chance to get Brighton level late in the second half when he was left unmarked but his header was straight at former Seagulls keeper Robert Sanchez.

Jackson’s goal was the first Chelsea had scored for four matches and gave them a much-needed victory as boss Mauricio Pochettino looks to get his project moving in the right direction.

Ramsdale impresses in Arsenal win

Aaron Ramsdale returned to the Arsenal starting line-up as Reiss Nelson’s goal sent the Gunners into the Carabao Cup fourth round at Brentford’s expense.

Mikel Arteta has opted to start David Raya ahead of Ramsdale in the last three games.

But the England international caught the eye on his return with a crucial second-half save from Yoane Wissa.

Nelson struck what proved to be the winner after just eight minutes, firing in after a poor back-pass.

Ramsdale had started the season as Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper, but Arteta caused a stir by replacing him with Raya for the 1-0 win against Everton on 17 September.

It was a quiet start for him as Brentford struggled to create opportunities in a first half where they didn’t manage a shot on goal.

But the hosts were much improved after the break and Ramsdale was called upon to superbly push Wissa’s shot on to the post before the rebound was cleared.

Szoboszlai stunner in Reds win

Dominik Szoboszlai’s stunning second-half strike helped Liverpool come from behind to beat Leicester City in the Carabao Cup third round.

Kasey McAteer gave Leicester the lead just three minutes in as the Championship team hit their Premier League hosts on the counter-attack.

Liverpool pushed hard for a leveller and, after being denied by Conor Coady’s goalline clearance, Cody Gakpo was the man who got it with a well-taken finish just after half-time.

Szoboszlai edged them ahead when, moments after being introduced as a second-half substitute, he arrowed an unstoppable shot in off the crossbar.




Source Punch Ng

Posted September 28, 2023


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