Nottingham Forest defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers to advance in the EFL Cup semi-finals via an intense penalty shootout. Follow for more football league trophy news here!
The Forest Manager Steve Cooper made 10 changes to the team’ starting IX in order to resolve problems from the past defeats, Scarpa is the only player remaining in his starting position. Those changes paid off as Willy Boly registered his first season goal at the 18th minute and gave Forest a leading momentum in this match. For more football league championship updates here!
The visiting Wolverhampton Wanderers struggled through the first 45 minutes and had difficulty looking for open shots, space, and the back of the net. However, almost 20 minutes into the second half, Raul Jimenez found the opening and kicked it at the back of the net to level the match 1-1. Matheus Cunha made an impressive ball control before tapping it to the direction of Jimenez for an assist.
The regulation ended in a draw as it was sent to an intense penalty shootout. Sam Surridge opened the penalty shootout with a miss. Followed by Wolves’ Ruben Neves who also missed the penalty. Then Forest’s Freuler succeeded the first shootout goal to give Forest the momentum. However, Podence leveled it to 1-1. Joe Worral got back the lead for Forest but Nunes leveled it to 2-2. Gibbs-White scored the third penalty and was answered by newly signed Cunha to make it 3-3. Jack Colback delivered the most important penalty to make it 4-3, in favor of Forest and put the pressure on Joe Hodge who missed the final penalty and gave Forest the ticket to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.
Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper said that they really prepared for the penalty shootout and gave his praise towards his squad during an interview. “We felt ready [for the penalty shootout], we did plan and prepare for it with both Dean Henderson and the outfield guys but even with that it was still a bit of luck of the gods. Dean was fantastic in the 90 minutes keeping the ball out of the net and he carried that over to the shootout.
“In terms of result, I said we have to play better. I think Wolves were good on the night and you have to respect that I felt on Saturday we fell short and got knocked out so it was important not to go out of two cup competitions in a few days.”
This is the first time that Nottingham Forest are advancing through the Carabao Cup semi-finals for the first time since their 1992 magical run. However, in that year, they suffered a defeat to Manchester United. If things go right for Forest, this squad might have the chance to take home silverware this season.
Nottm Forest will next face Leicester City in the Matchday 20 of the English Premier League to stretch their winning streak to two. While Wolverhampton Wanderers will next face West Ham and aim to get out of the relegation zone and improve their standings in the EPL table.
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