Carabao Cup: Newcastle United 0-0 Crystal Palace (3-2 pens) – Nick Pope saves three penalties in shootout

Nick Pope saves a penalty
Newcastle are unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions

Nick Pope proved the hero for Newcastle United as Eddie Howe’s side beat his Premier League club Crystal Palace on penalties to reach the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.

Pope saved spot-kicks from Luka Milivojevic, Jean-Philippe Mateta and Malcolm Ebiowei as the hosts won 3-2 after a goalless 90 minutes.

Chris Wood, Kieran Trippier and Joelinton each converted for Newcastle.

The draw for the fourth round of the EFL Cup takes place on Thursday.

Pope makes the difference as Newcastle progress

With a Premier League game to come before top-flight football breaks for the World Cup break, Newcastle and Palace named eight and six changes respectively following victories for both clubs at the weekend.

Newcastle boss Howe handed Allan Saint-Maximin his first start since late August as he continues to build up his competitive minutes after injury – but England’s World Cup hopeful Callum Wilson, who has been struggling with illness, was absent from the local team.

Meanwhile, Patrick Vieira rested Palace strikers Wilfried Zaha and Eberechi Eze as he named six teenagers on the substitutes’ bench.

Both teams only managed a single shot on goal in the first half with no clear cut opportunities.

Mateta saw his shot pushed over the bar by Pope as the visitors came closer to breaking the deadlock before half-time as 20-year-old Elliot Anderson fired straight at Sam Johnstone.

Johnstone was alert to deny Wood after the Newcastle striker intercepted a poor pass from James Tomkins early in the second period, before Dan Burn’s header from a corner was deflected well past the Eagles keeper.

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Substitutes Trippier and Miguel Almiron almost combined for a late winner but Johnstone was again equal to the Paraguayan’s effort as Palace resisted late pressure to reach penalties.

The shootout was all about Newcastle number one Pope, however, as the Englishman’s three saves kept alive the Magpies’ hopes of a first major domestic trophy since the FA Cup in 1955.

It was a timely reminder of Pope’s shootout credentials, with his heroics coming a night before England manager Gareth Southgate named his final 26-man squad for the World Cup in Qatar.

“I have to say the first penalty, I thought it was straight out of the top drawer,” Howe said of goalkeeper Pope.

“There was actually a save in the first half that again I thought was off the top drawer as well, so it wasn’t just in the penalty. But he’s been doing that for us all season.

“He’s a very commanding figure, but he keeps goal with such low noise that it kind of goes unnoticed what a difference he’s made.”

Newcastle host Chelsea at St James’ Park on Saturday (17:30 GMT) in their final game before the World Cup break, as Palace visit Nottingham Forest (15:00).




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