QPR 2-2 Everton (8-7 pens): Hoops secure Carabao Cup giant killing

QPR 2-2 Everton (8-7 on pens): Hoops dump Toffees OUT of Carabao Cup in shootout to book fourth round spot after Rafa Benitez’s men twice came from behind to cancel out Charlie Austin’s double

  • QPR are through to the Carabao Cup fourth round after shootout win v Everton 
  • Charlie Austin put Londoners ahead after heading in with 18 minutes gone 
  • Everton left-back Lucas Digne hit back as he smashed home ten minutes later 
  • But Austin popped up with a second just before half time with another header
  • Just after the interval Everton star Andros Townsend slotted home from a corner 

Seny Dieng was the QPR hero as he kept out Tom Davies’ penalty to dump Everton out of the Carabao Cup.

While the Championship side scored all eight of their spot-kicks, Dieng pushed the 15th kick of a dramatic shoot-out against the post before Jimmy Dunne sealed Rangers’ first fourth round appearance since 2008-09.

Dieng had also saved from Ben Godfrey only for the officials to judge the keeper had stepped off his line, with the Everton man converting the re-take.

QPR are through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after a shootout win over Everton

Goalkeeper Seny Dieng kept out Tom Davies’ spot kick to ensure QPR pulled off a giant killing

Charlie Austin was the hero of the night for the Hoops as he netted a first half double  

Both the forward’s goals were headers as the Championship side stood up to the stern test

It followed an engrossing cup tie in which 32-year-old Charlie Austin showed his enduring class with two well-taken headers to twice give QPR the lead, only for first Lucas Digne and then Andros Townsend to equalise for the Premier League side.

Both managers made five changes from their defeats at the weekend. Everton have a mounting injury list featuring the likes of Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jordan Pickford, preventing Rafael Benitez from rotating too much.

Then again, there was no reason why Everton wouldn’t be targeting success in the Carabao Cup as they attempt to end a trophy drought dating back to 1995.

It looked a strong Toffees side and they carved out a good early opportunity. Alex Iwobi was played into space down the right side and cut the ball back well to youngster Anthony Gordon, whose shot required strong hands from QPR keeper Dieng.

Left-back Lucas Digne hit one back for the Toffees to equalise on the half hour mark 

But the Championship side were up for the occasion and Austin was more than happy to snap at the heels of the Everton defenders.

The striker gained his reward on 18 minutes after some slick football from Mark Warburton’s team. Chris Willock’s ball played Ilias Chair in behind Everton lines and he cut back on the byline before finding Sam McCallum’s dart into the box.

His cross was only palmed out by Asmir Begovic and came invitingly to Austin, whose looping header from six yards just beat the defender on the line.

Everton were stung into action, with Andre Gomes flashing a shot wide before an excellent chance to level was wasted just before the half-hour.

But the home side found themselves back in front through Austin just before half time

MATCH FACTS  

Queens Park Rangers (3-4-1-2): Dieng; Dickie, Dunne, Barbet (c); Adomah, Ball, Dozzell (Amos 63), McCallum (Kakay 66); Chair (Duke-McKenna 75); Austin, Willock

Substitutes not used: Walsh (GK); Thomas, Dykes, Gray

Manager: Mark Warburton

Scorer: Austin 18, 34

Booked: McCallum

Everton (4-4-1-1): Begovic; Godfrey, Holgate, Kenny, Digne (c) (Keane 80); Townsend, Davies, Gomes (Doucoure 58), Iwobi; Gordon; Rondon (Gray 73)

Substitutes not used: Lonergan (GK); Allan, Branthwaite, Simms

Manager: Rafael Benitez

Scorers: Digne 30; Townsend 47

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Attendance: 12,888 (2,837 away)

Yoann Barbet slipped over and Iwobi was clean through on goal, ignoring the square pass to Andros Townsend only to be denied by a superb Dieng block as the Hoops keeper stood his ground.

It mattered little as Everton’s goal arrived a few moments later. It owed everything to the vision of Townsend, roaming with the ball on the edge of the QPR box before dinking a pass over the defence.

Digne managed to stay onside and caught the ball well enough on the volley to finish at the near post.

But celebrations in the away end were soon muted. Just four minutes later, Chair picked up the ball wide on the left touchline and cut back with a neat touch before swinging in a cross.

Andros Townsend, Everton’s new signing, converted from close range to force a shootout

But QPR weren’t to be denied and they eventually won 8-7 on penalties to move to fourth round

There was the poacher Austin once again to leap highest and glance a deft header into the far corner.

Everton needed a response and they certainly got it just two minutes after the break. Dieng couldn’t stop the ball spinning out for a corner and following a near post routine, Mason Holgate’s shot was blocked before Townsend whipped the rebound home.

For the first time in the game, Everton enjoyed a period of sustained supremacy and their travelling fans screamed for a penalty when Abdoulaye Doucoure went down in the box under pressure from Rob Dickie but the referee was unimpressed.

Michael Keane was introduced from the bench with 10 minutes left and almost headed home with his very first touch from a corner, just clearing the bar.




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