EFL Cup roundup: Havertz shines in a thumping win, Youngsters get the job done for Liverpool and Man City through after narrow-win


Former Bayer Leverkusen playmaker opens his Chelsea account with a hat-trick in a 6-0 win over Barnsley.

After a disappointing performance last week against Liverpool in Premier League, Chelsea back to winning ways with a comfortable win in the third round of EFL Cup against Championship side Barnsley.

The visitors had a bright start to the game but nothing to show for and in the 19th-minute Chelsea’s last season top-scorer Tammy Abraham slotted home to put the Blues ahead. Then at the half-hour mark, Tammy Abraham’s artistic dummy handed Kai Havertz his first goal Chelsea goal as the first half-ended 2-0.

Ross Barkley tripled Chelsea’s advantage four minutes after the restart followed by Kai Havertz’s double strike in the space of 10 minutes, handing the German his first senior hat-trick of the career.

Olivier Giroud, from the bench, made an instant impact as he nodded home Ben Chilwell’s cross in the 83rd-minute to score Chelsea’s sixth of the night. The important thing for Frank Lampard was the clean sheet as Willy Caballero was given the chance ahead of low-confident Kepa Arrizabalaga.

After playing at his favorite CAM position, Kai Havertz scored a hat-trick
After playing at his favorite CAM position, Kai Havertz scored a hat-trick

Top News 2: Youngsters get the job done for Liverpool

Curtis Jones was named MOTM after his brace against Lincoln City
Curtis Jones was named MOTM after his brace against Lincoln City
Liverpool’s youngsters hammered League One side Lincoln City 7-2 in the third round of EFL Cup at the LNER Stadium.

Jurgen Klopp made 10 changes from the side that beat Chelsea at the weekend with Virgil van Dijk keeping his place in the heart of Liverpool’s defense.

A stunning free-kick from Xherdan Shaqiri put the visitors ahead early in the game followed Takumi Minamino’s strike in 18th-minute. Curtis Jones’ brace in the span of 4 minutes before the break made him the youngest Liverpool player to score two or more goals in a competitive match since Raheem Sterling’s double strike against Norwich back in April 2014.

Straight after the restart, former RB Salzburg player scored his second of the night and Liverpool’s fifth. Lincoln City showed some resilience with goals from Tayo Edun and Lewis Montsma but Marko Grujic and Divock Origi showed no mercy in front of goal as the game ended 7-2.

Jurgen Klopp’s men will face Arsenal, who defeated Leicester City, in the fourth round of EFL Cup at Anfield.

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Top News 3: Man City through after narrow-win

Phil Foden scored one and assisted the other in a 2-1 win over Bournemouth
Phil Foden scored one and assisted the other in a 2-1 win over Bournemouth

Phil Foden to the rescue as Pep Guardiola’s men weather Bournemouth’s storm and qualify for the next round of the Cup.

Cup-holders were made to work hard as Pep Guardiola was forced to field young XI due to a long list of injured players. Liam Delap, son of ex-Stoke City player Rory Delap, put City ahead in the 18th-minute after receiving a pass from Phil Foden.

However, Bournemouth’s Sam Sturridge restored parity with a precise strike in the far corner. Guardiola fielded his two finest assets as Raheem Sterling and player of the year Kevin De Bruyne came on after the half-time.

Manchester City’s pressure finally paid off in 75th-minute when Phil Foden slotted home the rebound shot from Riyad Mahrez. Guardiola’s men will travel to Burnley in the last 16 of EFL Cup.

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