During a thrilling evening of Carabao Cup matches, Fulham and Middlesbrough successfully advanced to the semi-finals alongside Chelsea. Fulham achieved a remarkable victory in a nail-biting penalty shootout against Everton, whereas Middlesbrough comfortably secured a 3-0 win over Port Vale.
Fulham initially took the lead in their match against Everton, as Michael Keane inadvertently scored an own goal. However, Everton managed to equalize late in the game thanks to Beto, leading to extra time and eventually a penalty shootout. Tosin Adarabioyo took charge and successfully converted the deciding penalty for Fulham, ensuring their first presence in a domestic semi-final in 22 years.
In contrast, Middlesbrough had a rather uncomplicated triumph over Port Vale. Skipper Jonny Howson, Morgan Rogers, and Matt Crooks all managed to score in a comfortable 3-0 victory. Additionally, Rogers’ goal allowed him to match Jake Garrett from Blackburn Rovers as the leading goal scorer in the Carabao Cup. Middlesbrough is experiencing a significant moment in its history as they have made it to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup for the first time since their triumph in 2004. They are the sole team from outside the Premier League who are still in the competition, while Liverpool and West Ham are preparing to compete in the last quarter-final.
In an exciting match between Chelsea and Newcastle, the game ended up going into a penalty shoot-out after Mykhailo Mudryk managed to score an equalizer in stoppage time, forcing the match into extra time. Nevertheless, Chelsea remained composed during the penalty shootout, whereas Newcastle could only capitalize on two of their penalty kicks. Djordje Petrovic’s exceptional save against Matt Ritchie secured Chelsea’s spot in the semi-finals.
Looking forward, the Carabao Cup semi-finals are anticipated to be thrilling encounters, featuring Fulham, Middlesbrough, Chelsea, and either Liverpool or West Ham competing for a spot in the ultimate showdown. For Scott Parker, the manager of Fulham, this presents an opportunity to claim a trophy in England, while Middlesbrough will be aiming to replicate their triumph from 2004.