EFL Cup
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Cambridge United win 5-4 on penalties

Brentford 1-1 Cambridge: Harvey Knibbs hits U's shoot-out winner

Cambridge had lost eight of their previous nine EFL Cup ties
Cambridge's Louis John challenges Brentford's Marcus Forss

Harvey Knibbs scored the winning spot-kick on his Cambridge debut as the League Two side dumped Brentford out of the Carabao Cup on penalties.

Knibbs kept his nerve to beat Luke Daniels and send the U's through 5-4 in the shootout at Griffin Park.

Marc Richards gave the visitors a shock third-minute lead, but Marcus Forss netted the Bees' second-half equaliser.

The win ended Cambridge's dreadful record in the competition, having lost eight of their previous nine ties.

Colin Calderwood's side went in front when Andrew Dallas pounced on a loose ball and set up veteran striker Richards, who fired past Daniels at the second attempt.

Cambridge then soaked up Bees pressure, with Harrison Dunk and George Taft both making key blocks to preserve their side's advantage.

However, George Maris might have doubled the U's lead when Luca Racic cleared his effort off the line early in the second half.

Forss took advantage to convert Ollie Watkins' cross and make it 1-1 with 20 minutes left but, despite a string of chances, the home side could not find a way past Callum Burton.

Cambridge's Paul Lewis saw his effort saved in the shoot-out, but Burton denied Emiliano Marcondes and Racic, paving the way for Knibbs to decide the tie and secure the U's a trip to Swansea in round two.

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 28Daniels
  • 20ClarkeSubstituted forHenryat 33'minutes
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 32Racic
  • 2ThompsonBooked at 18mins
  • 4YearwoodSubstituted forJensenat 55'minutes
  • 17Marcondes
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 16Valencia Castillo
  • 31ZamburekSubstituted forWatkinsat 64'minutes
  • 15Forss

Substitutes

  • 3Henry
  • 7Canós
  • 8Jensen
  • 11Watkins
  • 13Gunnarsson
  • 33Hammar
  • 34Oksanen

Cambridge

  • 25Burton
  • 16Darling
  • 15JohnBooked at 20mins
  • 4Taft
  • 17Davies
  • 19Lambe
  • 22Lewis
  • 10MarisSubstituted forHannantat 72'minutes
  • 11Dunk
  • 18RichardsSubstituted forKnibbsat 60'minutes
  • 9DallasSubstituted forJonesat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mitov
  • 3Jones
  • 5Taylor
  • 7Hannant
  • 23Knowles
  • 26Knibbs
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
5,215

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home73%
Away27%
Shots
Home19
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 1(4), Cambridge United 1(5).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, Brentford 1(4), Cambridge United 1(5).

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1(4), Cambridge United 1(5). Harvey Knibbs (Cambridge United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty saved! Luka Racic (Brentford) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1(4), Cambridge United 1(4). Harry Darling (Cambridge United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1(4), Cambridge United 1(3). Marcus Forss (Brentford) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1(3), Cambridge United 1(3). Reggie Lambe (Cambridge United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1(3), Cambridge United 1(2). Ollie Watkins (Brentford) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1(2), Cambridge United 1(2). Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1(2), Cambridge United 1(1). Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty saved! Paul Lewis (Cambridge United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty saved! Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1(1), Cambridge United 1(1). Luke Hannant (Cambridge United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1(1), Cambridge United 1. Mathias Jensen (Brentford) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Brentford 1, Cambridge United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Cambridge United 1.

Attempt missed. Harvey Knibbs (Cambridge United) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Hannant with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Luka Racic.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by George Taft.

Attempt missed. César Joel Valencia Castillo (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mathias Jensen.

Foul by Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford).

Luke Hannant (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Leon Davies.

Luka Racic (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harvey Knibbs (Cambridge United).

Offside, Brentford. Dominic Thompson tries a through ball, but Bryan Mbeumo is caught offside.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Daniel Jones.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Luka Racic (Brentford).

Attempt blocked. Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathias Jensen.

Mathias Jensen (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Reggie Lambe (Cambridge United).

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emiliano Marcondes.

Offside, Brentford. César Joel Valencia Castillo tries a through ball, but Rico Henry is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Daniel Jones replaces Andrew Dallas.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Luke Hannant replaces George Maris.

Attempt missed. Rico Henry (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mathias Jensen.

Attempt blocked. Rico Henry (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emiliano Marcondes.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1, Cambridge United 1. Marcus Forss (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

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