Leicester City 2-2 Brighton (4-2 penalties) – Hosts hold firm on penalty shoot-out after blowing regulation time lead twice to reach Carabao Cup quarter-finals
Danny Ward was the hero when Leicester reached the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on penalties on the day the club paid tribute to its former president Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Exactly three years after the helicopter crash near King Power Stadium that killed Srivaddhanaprabha, known as Khun Vichai, and Kaveporn Punpare, Nusara Suknamai, Eric Swaffer and Izabela Lechowicz, fans raised a banner with Khun Vichai’s image and the message ‘Always in our hearts ‘. They wore scarves with their names as they observed a minute of silence.
Ward saved Brighton’s fourth effort by Enock Mwepu to seal a 4-2 win on the Foxes’ penalty shootout.
Penalties followed an absorbing 90 minutes in which Leicester took the lead twice through Harvey Barnes and Ademola Lookman, only for Adam Webster and substitute Enock Mwepu to bring Brighton back to terms.
After three successful shots, substitute Neal Maupay hit the crossbar for Brighton. Patson Daka, Alexis Mac Allister and Ricardo Pereira scored, leaving Mwepu to try and keep Brighton in it. His shot was too close to Ward, substitute for Kasper Schmeichel, who made a simple save and sealed Leicester’s progress.
Leicester sent out Sunday’s game winner James Maddison and he came close to scoring almost immediately. Daka found Barnes, whose close-range effort was blocked by Steele, before Duffy produced a fine sliding challenge to deny Maddison in the follow-up.
Looking for a way back, Brighton boss Graham Potter introduced two of his key men, Lewis Dunk and Yves Bissouma, seconds before Steele got it right to save Barnes’s strike from 20 yards.
That was the signal for Potter to call two more of his regulars and they quickly combined to create the second tie. Neal Maupay found Marc Cucurella on the left and his floating cross was expertly directed past Ward by Mwepu.
Like Potter, Rodgers decided it was time to strengthen his XI and brought in Ricardo Pereira and Kelechi Iheanacho.