EFL Cup - Third Round
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Leicester City win 3-1 on penalties

Wolves 0-0 Leicester: Ward saves three penalties as visitors win dramatic shootout

Danny Ward
Danny Ward's penalty heroics played a big part in Huddersfield's promotion to the Premier League in 2016/17

Goalkeeper Danny Ward saved three penalties as Leicester beat Wolves in a dramatic shootout at Molineux to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho scored the winning penalty after Wolves trio Romain Saiss, Diogo Jota and Adama Traore all missed their spot-kicks.

Christian Fuchs and Hamza Choudhury missed from the spot for Leicester.

Leicester suffered an injury scare as Demarai Gray was taken off on a stretcher with his leg in a brace.

Wolves' Ryan Bennett had a chance to win it in normal time but headed over from close-range late in the game.

Leicester squandered chances in each half as Marc Albrighton was denied by goalkeeper John Ruddy twice.

Vicente Iborra's low strike flew wide in the first half and Rachid Ghezzal also came close for Leicester.

The hosts had chances to break the deadlock through Ivan Cavaleiro but he dragged his shot wide before midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White's strike was saved by Ward late in the second half.

Under manager Nuno Espirito Santo, Wolves have still not conceded a single goal in normal time in six Carabao cup matches.

Nuno made nine changes to the side which drew 1-1 with Manchester United in the on Saturday despite naming the same team in all of their Premier League games this season.

Leicester also made plenty of changes - eight in total - but Jamie Vardy, Marc Albrighton and Wes Morgan all featured.

The draw for the fourth round will take place on Saturday, September 29.

Gray is 'positive' after injury scare

Demarai Gray
Demarai Gray was taken off on a stretcher in stoppage time with his leg in a brace after landing awkwardly

Leicester winger Gray had a heavy fall in the last minute of normal time and received oxygen during a lengthy stop in play.

But manager Claude Puel said the midfielder was "positive" and he hopes "it's not a serious injury."

"It was the one time he defended," said Puel. "Demarai has hurt his left ankle and will have a scan tomorrow morning."

The 22-year-old - who has made eight appearances for Leicester this season - left the stadium on crutches with a protective boot around his ankle.

'We were the better team' - what the managers said

Leicester manager Claude Puel said: "We have recruited [Ward] just for penalties. No, we know his quality, in training sessions. He is a fantastic keeper and it was a good opportunity for him to show his quality so I am happy for him.

"It was a tough game for the team and for him also because he didn't have a lot to do in the game so he had to keep his concentration and his condition until the penalties, and he was very successful."

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo said: "It was a good game, intense. Leicester started strong but I thought we controlled the game after that. We were the better team and created more chances.

"The changes meant nothing for us, we kept the same philosophy. I was proud of the way the players worked this evening. Defensively we have shown we are good and for the second year in a row we have gone out of the competition without conceding a goal."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 16Coady
  • 30Hause
  • 19Castro OttoSubstituted forBennettat 75'minutes
  • 27Saïss
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 29Vinagre
  • 37Traoré
  • 33BonatiniSubstituted forAshley-Sealat 83'minutes
  • 7CavaleiroSubstituted forJotaat 57'minutesBooked at 67mins

Substitutes

  • 5Bennett
  • 18Jota
  • 23Giles
  • 24Ashley-Seal
  • 25Watt
  • 26Pereira Goncalves
  • 31Norris

Leicester

  • 12Ward
  • 14Ricardo Pereira
  • 5MorganBooked at 77mins
  • 6EvansBooked at 43mins
  • 28Fuchs
  • 21Iborra
  • 23Adrien SilvaSubstituted forChoudhuryat 84'minutes
  • 31Ghezzal
  • 20OkazakiSubstituted forGrayat 61'minutesSubstituted forat 90+7'minutes
  • 11Albrighton
  • 9VardySubstituted forIheanachoat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Söyüncü
  • 7Gray
  • 8Iheanacho
  • 17Jakupovic
  • 18Amartey
  • 27Diabaté
  • 38Choudhury
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
21,562

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home8
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0(1), Leicester City 0(3).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0(1), Leicester City 0(3).

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0(1), Leicester City 0(3). Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty saved! Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0(1), Leicester City 0(2). Vicente Iborra (Leicester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0(1), Leicester City 0(1). Benny Ashley-Seal (Wolverhampton Wanderers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty saved! Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty saved! Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Leicester City 0(1). Rachid Ghezzal (Leicester City) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Penalty saved! Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty missed! Still Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Leicester City 0. Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) hits the bar with a left footed shot.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Leicester City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Leicester City 0.

Demarai Gray went off injured after Leicester City had used all subs.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Demarai Gray (Leicester City) because of an injury.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Demarai Gray.

Attempt missed. Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Christian Fuchs (Leicester City).

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rachid Ghezzal.

Attempt missed. Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Rachid Ghezzal following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Kortney Hause.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Hamza Choudhury replaces Adrien Silva.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Benny Ashley-Seal replaces Léo Bonatini.

Foul by Vicente Iborra (Leicester City).

Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Romain Saïss.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Albrighton.

Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Booking

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Vicente Iborra (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ryan Bennett replaces Jonny.

Attempt missed. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ricardo Pereira with a cross.

Attempt saved. Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adama Traoré.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

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