League Cup: Tottenham ease through while Southampton survive a scare
Tottenham Hotspur 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 0
At White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur eased through to the quarter-finals with a routine 2-0 win against Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion.
They dominated possession but failed to take the lead until the 54th minute when Erik Lamela danced into the area before dispatching a neat finish.
Harry Kane converted Roberto Soldado’s parried shot for a deserved second.
Southampton 3 Stoke City 2
Meanwhile, Graziano Pelle scored twice as in-form Southampton let slip a 2-0 goal before advancing to the last eight with a thrilling victory against Stoke City.
Southampton’s top scorer Pelle has been a revelation since his close-season move from Dutch side Feyenoord and the imposing Italian forward gave the visitors the lead with a superb goal.
The 29-year-old was afforded too much space by the Stoke defence and was able to curl in a sublime strike.
On the half hour Southampton doubled their lead with Shane Long sweeping home his first goal for the club at the end of another flowing attack.
Stoke pulled a goal back through Steven N’Zonzi’s low strike early in the second half and restored parity through Mame Biram Diouf in the 82nd minute.
As extra time beckoned Pelle bundled home his ninth Southampton goal of the season, and the game's winning goal in the 88th minute just moments after Stoke had been reduced to 10 men after Peter Crouch’s red card.
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