EFL Cup - Second Round
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Watford 2-3 Bristol City

Eliasson celebrates
Summer signing Eliasson was making his first Bristol City start

Championship side Bristol City came from behind to beat Premier League Watford in the EFL Cup second round.

Watford's Etienne Capoue scored early in the second half, but Freddie Hinds and Bobby Reid responded for City.

Hornets defender Jose Holebas was sent off in the 88th minute before Niclas Eliasson increased the visitors' lead in stoppage time.

Adrian Mariappa scored a 95th-minute consolation as Watford fell to their first defeat under boss Marco Silva.

The Portuguese made six changes to his side after their league win over Bournemouth on Saturday, while City manager Lee Johnson made nine.

The Watford side was still strong with summer signing Will Hughes handed his debut and Troy Deeney making his first start of the season.

After falling behind, City responded excellently through 18-year-old Hinds' superb strike from distance and Reid's goal eight minutes later.

Brazilian Richarlison hit a post for Watford before Holebas received a second yellow card for a trip on Eliasson.

Eliasson netted a breakaway goal to put the game beyond Watford.

Line-ups

Watford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gomes
  • 6Mariappa
  • 5Prödl
  • 27Kabasele
  • 25HolebasBooked at 88mins
  • 23Watson
  • 29CapoueBooked at 36minsSubstituted forCleverleyat 79'minutes
  • 7N AmrabatSubstituted forSuccessat 45'minutes
  • 19HughesSubstituted forGrayat 71'minutes
  • 11Richarlison
  • 9Deeney

Substitutes

  • 3Britos
  • 8Cleverley
  • 10Success
  • 14Chalobah
  • 15Cathcart
  • 18Gray
  • 30Pantilimon

Bristol City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Fielding
  • 26Vyner
  • 4Flint
  • 23Magnusson
  • 25Kelly
  • 19Eliasson
  • 31HegelerSubstituted forSmithat 60'minutes
  • 28O'Neil
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 9DiedhiouSubstituted forReidat 45'minutes
  • 33HindsSubstituted forTaylorat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Wright
  • 7Smith
  • 10Taylor
  • 13Golbourne
  • 14Reid
  • 20Paterson
  • 29Lucic
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
9,003

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home19
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 2, Bristol City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 2, Bristol City 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Watford 2, Bristol City 3. Adrian Mariappa (Watford) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Kabasele with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

    Richarlison (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lloyd Kelly (Bristol City).

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Watford 1, Bristol City 3. Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Callum O'Dowda.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Niclas Eliasson.

  8. Post update

    Adrian Mariappa (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).

  11. Post update

    Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matty Taylor with a cross.

  13. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to José Holebas (Watford) for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by José Holebas (Watford).

  15. Post update

    Bobby Reid (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Aden Flint.

  17. Post update

    Richarlison (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lloyd Kelly (Bristol City).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Richarlison (Watford) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Isaac Success with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Foul by José Holebas (Watford).

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