London: Five runners-up Chelsea, Premier League leaders Arsenal, fourth Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Crystal Palace were eliminated on Wednesday from the third round of the English Football League Cup, while Northern Irish goalkeeper Kaumhin Kelleher saved his Liverpool team from losing the title.
Tottenham lost their host, Nottingham Forest, who finished last in the Premier League, with two clean goals, scored by Brazilian Renan Lodi (50) and Jesse Lingard (57).
And Nottingham Forest completed the match with ten men after Belgian midfielder Aurel Mangala was sent off in the 75th minute for receiving a second yellow card.
West Ham United lost 9-10 to home to Blackburn Rovers on penalties, after they tied 2-2 in normal time.
The other London team also bid farewell to Crystal Palace, losing its host Newcastle United 2-3 on penalties, after a goalless draw in the original time.
Kelleher saves Liverpool
And the Northern Irish goalkeeper Kaumhin Kelleher imposed himself as a star in the match of his defending team Liverpool against its guest, Derby County of the Championship, and led it to a 3-2 win on penalties, after the original time ended in a goalless draw.
Kelleher starred by saving three penalties to his compatriot Conor Horihan, Scotsman Forsyth and Louis Dubin.
Liverpool missed two kicks, the first by Spanish defender Stefan Paisic and the second by Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino, while Alexander Oxlade-Chamberlain, Uruguayan Darwin Nunes and Harvey Elliott scored for him.
And the German coach of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, made a backup lineup. Joe Gomez and the Greek Konstantinos Tsimikas were the only ones from his starting lineup, before he pushed Firmino, Elliot and Nunes in the 66th minute, to return and involve the Portuguese Fabio Carvalho in the 74th minute without succeeding in shaking the guest net.
Wolverhampton qualified by defeating Leeds United 1-0, and Southampton over Sheffield Wednesday from the Championship 2-1.
The third round concludes Thursday with Manchester United’s meeting with Aston Villa.
Leicester City, Bournemouth, Burnley, Lincoln City, Charlton Athletic, Melton Keynes Dons and Gillingham booked their tickets on Tuesday.
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