EFL Cup holders Manchester City coasted into Round 4 of the competition on Tuesday, as they beat Preston North End 3-0 on the road, while Tottenham Hotspur crashed out at Colchester United.
Spurs were held to a 0-0 draw in normal time by the fourth-tier outfit, meaning there was a penalty shootout at the Colchester Community Stadium. Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura missed for the visitors, allowing Tom Lapslie to send his team into the next round in dramatic fashion.
At the Emirates Stadium there were no concerns for Arsenal, as they hammered Nottingham Forest 5-0. There was also a 4-0 triumph for Southampton in a much-anticipated derby showdown with Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
Despite their grand ambitions in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League, City manager Pep Guardiola takes the EFL Cup seriously, winning the competition for the last two campaigns.
At Preston, there were no signs of complacency from his side, as they stormed into a huge lead. Goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus put City 2-0 in front at the interval, before Ryan Ledson turned the ball into his own net on the stroke of half time to make the game safe for the visitors.
The biggest shock of the evening was the elimination of Tottenham, as they were dumped out by League Two Colchester.
Spurs lacked invention throughout the 90 minutes, giving their lower-league opponents the chance to pull off a huge shock. In the end, it was the Colchester players who better kept their cool and pulled off a huge upset.
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Saturday: Blow 1-0 lead against Leicester in the Premier League
Today: Knocked out of the League Cup by League Two side Colchester after losing penalty shootout
There were no such issues for Tottenham’s local rivals Arsenal, as they cruised to a five-goal win over Nottingham Forest. Gabriel Martinelli shone for the Gunners up top, as he grabbed his first two goals for the club; Rob Holding, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson were also on the scoresheet.
Meanwhile, Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s brace for Everton eased some of the pressure on manager Marco Silva, as they were 2-0 winners away at Sheffield United.
Leicester also made it through, as they dealt with a potentially challenging trip to Luton Town with ease. Demarai Gray, James Justin, Youri Tielemans and Kelechi Iheanacho were on the scoresheet.
Here are the results from Tuesday’s fixtures and recap of some of the highlights from an intriguing evening of League Cup action.
Arsenal 5-0 Nottingham Forest
Colchester United 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur (won 4-3 on penalties)
Crawley Town 1-1 Stoke City (won 5-4 on penalties)
Luton Town 0-4 Leicester City
Portsmouth 0-4 Southampton
Preston North End 0-3 Manchester City
Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Everton
Watford 2-1 Swansea City