Liverpool and Manchester City qualified for the eighth finals of the League Cup on Thursday evening. The reigning champion won 2-7 at Lincoln and City was 2-1 too strong for Bournemouth at home. Earlier in the evening, Anwar El Ghazi was accurate for Aston Villa.
El Ghazi scores with a big win Aston Villa
Liverpool already led 0-4 at half time thanks to goals from Xherdan Shaqiri, Takumi Minamino and Curtis Jones (twice). In the second half, Minamino, Marko Grujic and Divock Origi further increased the score.
At Lincoln, which plays in League One, Dutchman Lewis Montsma scored. Virgil van Dijk only came into action for Liverpool in the first half, with Sepp van den Berg on the bench and Georginio Wijnaldum not being part of the selection.
Manchester City had a much harder time with Bournemouth. Liam Delap opened the score for the home team, then Sam Surridge restored the balance. Fifteen minutes later, Phil Foden took care of City’s victory, with Nathan Aké remaining on the bench.
Anwar El Ghazi opened the scoring for Aston Villa against Bristol City. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Earlier in the evening, El Ghazi helped Aston Villa to a 0-3 win on a visit to Bristol City, which plays in the Championship. Three minutes later, Bertrand Traoré made his first goal in the service of the Birmingham formation and Ollie Watkins set the final score more than fifteen minutes before the end.
Liverpool will meet Arsenal in the eighth finals, which won 0-2 at Leicester City on Wednesday. Manchester City takes on Burnley in the last sixteen, who defeated Millwall (0-2), and Aston Villa meets Stoke City, which beat Gillingham (1-0).
Earlier this week, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, among others, were among the last sixteen. Tottenham Hotspur will visit Leyton Orient, which plays in League Two, on a date to be determined in the third round.