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Fulham Triumph in Penalty Shootout, Salford City Shocks Leeds United

 Fulham Triumph in Penalty Shootout, Salford City Shocks Leeds United

Fulham Triumph in Penalty Shootout
Fulham Triumph in Penalty Shootout(Image-Getty)

Fulham advanced to the third round of the League Cup after triumphing over Tottenham Hotspur in a penalty shootout, with a final score of 5-3. The match had originally ended in a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage on Tuesday. In another surprise turn of events, Salford City eliminated second-tier Leeds United after prevailing 9-8 on penalties, following a 1-1 tie.

During the shootout, Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez failed to convert their third penalty attempt, as Fulham's goalkeeper Marek Rodak made an impressive low save to his left. Fulham's Joao Palhinha and Kenny Tete then successfully converted their penalties, sealing their victory.

In the midst of pouring rain, Fulham took the lead in the London derby's 19th minute when Tottenham's Micky van de Ven accidentally scored an own goal from close range. Despite Tottenham being four-time winners, they failed to register a single shot on target in the first half. Just before halftime, Fulham could have secured a two-goal advantage, but Tottenham's Fraser Forster managed a superb save to deny Rodrigo Muniz's header.

Tottenham managed to level the score in the 56th minute when Richarlison connected with a lofted pass from Ivan Perisic, heading the ball home from a difficult angle. Fulham came close to securing a win in regular time when Harry Wilson capitalized on a loose pass inside the box, but Forster's save kept Tottenham in the game.

In another League Cup fixture, Salford City emerged victorious against Leeds United, prevailing 9-8 in the penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw. The contest witnessed both teams missing penalties in the initial five attempts. Leeds' Jamie Shackleton struck the bar, ultimately leaving Ossama Ashley to secure Salford's victory.

Additionally, Plymouth Argyle, despite initially leading 2-0 against Premier League's Crystal Palace, succumbed to a 4-2 defeat as Roy Hodgson's side staged a comeback. Bournemouth managed to overcome a goal deficit and defeat second-tier Swansea City 3-2, earning manager Andoni Iraola his first win in charge.

Meanwhile, Wolverhampton Wanderers delivered a commanding performance by crushing Blackpool, a League One team, with a resounding 5-0 victory. Luton Town, the newly promoted team in the Premier League, secured a 3-2 victory against League Two's Gillingham, though they remain without a point after two games.

Championship leaders Leicester City secured a comfortable 2-0 victory over League Two's Tranmere Rovers, with goals from Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy in the second half.

The League Cup's second round will conclude on Wednesday, including the match between Chelsea and League Two's AFC Wimbledon.

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