Cardiff City 2:2 Leicester City (Cardiff win 7-6 on pens)
City are out of the League Cup having suffered the recurring nightmare of a penalty shoot-out at Cardiff on Wednesday night…
The competition’s low standing was underlined by an 8,000 crowd and both sides making ten changes, Matt Mills being the only City player remaining from the side that beat Brighton.
And it was a low key start with little of note hapening in the first half hour beyond a couple of half chances carved out by Schlupp and an off-target shot from Moussa.
Cardiff made the breakthrough in the 33rd minute when a lofted ball into the area was only half cleared and fell nicely for Cowie to nod into the top right hand corner.
This stung City into action and they were level six minutes later after great work from Schlupp down the right ended with him delivering a hard and low cross for Howard to stick out a toe and find the net via the left hand upright.
The second half again drifted into practice game mode until City took a 66th minute lead. A poor ball out of Cardiff’s back line went straight to Danns who hared into the area. A last ditch tackle halted him but the loose ball landed at the feet of Dyer who instantly lashed it home.
City’s lead lasted fifteen minutes before a hopefully punted free-kick saw Gestede given room to control and fire a shot past Weale from 25 yards.
Late efforts from Danns and Schlupp failed to find the target and half an hour’s virtually incident-free extra-time dragged on into the night.
The almost inevitable penalty shoot-out duly arrived, with the ghost of Yann Kermorgant hanging over proceedings (although we know he’s not dead, obviously).
That rarest of occurences followed – with all 10 of the scheduled penalties being fired past Weale and Marshall with relatively little drama. Dyer, Howard, Abe , Danns and St Ledger for City and Naylor, Earnshaw, Cowie, Conway and Kiss for Cardiff.
Paintsil and Gestede then both converted before Fernandes took a huge run up and hoisted his effort over the bar and into the already celebrating Cardiff fans. Quinn sealed the Bluebirds victory with a confident blast into the top right hand corner and City were out of the League Cup.
Cardiff: Marshall, Quinn, Keinan, Taylor (Naylor 60), Blake, Cowie, Kiss, McPhail (Gunnarsson 29), Earnshaw, Gestede, Mason (Conway74). Subs:Santiago, Whittingham, Gerrard, Evans.
Leicester: Weale, Mills (Peltier 46), St Ledger, Ball, Paintsil, Dyer, Danns, Moussa (Fernandes 81), Johnson (Abe 91), Schlupp, Howard. Subs: King, Kennedy, Beckford, Schmeichel.
Referee: R East (Wiltshire). Attendance: 8,697.