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 to be the hero for Newcastle United as Eddie Howe’s side beat Premier League side 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 home side won 3-2 after a goalless 90 minutes.

Chris Wood, Kieran Trippier and Joelinton converted for Newcastle.

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

The gap widens as Newcastle advance

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 after both teams’ wins at the weekend.

Newcastle manager Howe handed Alan Saint-Maximin his first start since late August as he continues to build up his game minutes from injury – but England World Cup prospect Callum Wilson, who has been battling illness, was absent from the home team.

Patrick Vieira, meanwhile, has rested Palace strikers Wilfried Zaha and Eberetsi Eze as he names six teenagers on the substitutes’ bench.

Both sides managed just one shot in the first half with no clear chances.

Mateta saw his strike pushed over the crossbar by Pope as the visitors came close to breaking the deadlock before half-time, while 20-year-old Elliott Anderson shot straight at Sam Johnston.

Johnstone was alert to deny Wood after the Newcastle striker cut out a poor back pass from James Tomkins early in the second period, before Dan Byrne’s header from a corner bounced kindly past the Eagles keeper.

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

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The penalties were all about Newcastle number one Pope, however, as the England international’s three saves kept alive the Magpies’ hopes of a first major domestic trophy since the 1955 FA Cup.

It was a timely reminder of Pope’s credentials, with his heroics coming the 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 save, I thought, was just off the top drawer,” Howe said of goalkeeper Pope.

“There was a save in the first half that again I thought was right out of the box, so it wasn’t just in the penalty shootout. But he did that for us all season.

“He’s a very imposing figure, but he keeps goal with such low fuss that the difference he’s made goes unnoticed.”

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

Lining up

Newcastle

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Priest
  • 19ManquilloSubstituted forTrippierin the 66′minutes
  • 6Lascelides
  • 33BurnSubstituted forBoatmanin the 66′minutes
  • 13Targett
  • 36S LongstaffSubstituted forBruno Guimaraesin the 66′minutes
  • 8ShelveySubstituted forWheelockin the 86′minutes
  • 7Joelinton
  • 32AndersonBook in 39 minutesSubstituted forAlmironin the 78′minutes
  • 20Wood
  • 10Saint-Maximin

Substitutes

  • 2Trippier
  • 4Boatman
  • 5Schär
  • 12Lewis
  • 18Karius
  • 23Murphy
  • 24Almiron
  • 28Wheelock
  • 39Bruno Guimaraes

Crystal Palace

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 21Johnstone
  • 2Wing
  • 5Tomkins
  • 6Guéhi
  • 17Clyne
  • 4MilivojevicReservation at 42 minutes
  • 19HughesReservation at 90 minutes
  • 3Mitchell
  • 7OliseSubstituted forEbioweiin the 78′minutes
  • 9J AyewSubstituted forRiedewaldin the 78′minutes
  • 14Mateta

Substitutes

  • 23Ebiowei
  • 41Whitworth
  • 43Balmer
  • 44Riedewald
  • 45Gordon
  • 55Phillips
  • 76Nascimento
  • 77Ozoh
  • 78Rodney

Referee:
Graham Scott

Presence:
51,660

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