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Oxford United 3-4 Cheltenham Town

Mo Eisa
Mo Eisa joined Cheltenham from non-league Greenwich

Mo Eisa struck a brilliant extra-time winner as Cheltenham completed a stunning fightback from 3-1 down to beat League One Oxford in the EFL Cup at the Kassam Stadium.

Eisa fired an angled 25-yard shot into the top corner in the 99th minute for his second goal of the night.

But it was substitute Danny Wright who had turned the match for the Robins, diving to head home a Jordan Cranston cross in the 66th minute before bundling in a cross in stoppage time to take the game to an extra 30 minutes.

Earlier, Jon Obika and Xemi Fernandez had scored on their debuts to seemingly put the U's in control.

Eisa stooped to head Cranston's cross past goalkeeper Simon Eastwood in the ninth minute to put Cheltenham ahead.

Rob Hall was tripped by Kyle Storer on the edge of the area 12 minutes later, and although Marvin Johnson's centrally-hit spot-kick was saved by keeper Jonathan Platt, Johnson powerfully drilled home the rebound.

A dreadful defensive header by Jamie Grimes in the 31st minute then presented a gift to Obika and he gratefully accepted the present, firing a left-footed volley low under the keeper.

Xemi, signed from Barcelona in the summer, then made it 3-1 with a brilliant strike from 25 yards into the bottom corner three minutes before the break.

Hall almost got a fourth in the second half, firing across the face of the goal, but Cheltenham got stronger and stronger and fully deserved their victory after such a dramatic comeback.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Pep Coltet on Twitter
Oxford boss Pep Clotet offered his verdict on Twitter

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Eastwood
  • 2Ribeiro
  • 5NelsonBooked at 73mins
  • 6Martin
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forCarrollat 67'minutes
  • 7Hall
  • 8LedsonBooked at 80mins
  • 14RuffelsBooked at 93mins
  • 18RothwellSubstituted forHenryat 97'minutes
  • 19Fernández CodinaSubstituted forPayneat 71'minutes
  • 20ObikaSubstituted forThomasat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Williamson
  • 9Thomas
  • 10Payne
  • 13Shearer
  • 17Henry
  • 35Carroll
  • 36Napa

Cheltenham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Flatt
  • 23Forster
  • 15Boyle
  • 2Grimes
  • 3Cranston
  • 11WinchesterSubstituted forPellat 54'minutes
  • 4StorerBooked at 78minsSubstituted forO'Shaughnessyat 79'minutes
  • 6AtanganaSubstituted forPageat 99'minutes
  • 17Sellars
  • 10HolmanSubstituted forWrightat 45'minutes
  • 20Eisa

Substitutes

  • 7Pell
  • 9Wright
  • 14O'Shaughnessy
  • 16Page
  • 18Bower
  • 22Lovett
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
3,179

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away25
Shots on Target
Home7
Away10
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home18
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Oxford United 3, Cheltenham Town 4.

  2. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Oxford United 3, Cheltenham Town 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Payne (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Wes Thomas (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by William Boyle (Cheltenham Town).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Canice Carroll (Oxford United).

  9. Post update

    Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Martin (Oxford United).

  12. Post update

    Mohamed Eisa (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Henry (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Christian Ribeiro (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

  16. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time begins Oxford United 3, Cheltenham Town 4.

  17. Post update

    First Half Extra Time ends, Oxford United 3, Cheltenham Town 4.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Payne (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Payne (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Wes Thomas (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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