Carabao Cup: Newcastle United 0-0 Crystal Palace (3-2 pens) – Nick Pope saves three penalties in shootout

Nick Pope saves the penalty
Newcastle are unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions

Nick Pope proved he is the hero for Newcastle United as Eddie Howe’s side beat second-tier side Crystal Palace on penalties to reach the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.

Pope saved shots from Luka Milivojevic, Jean-Philippe Mateta and Malcolm Ebiowei as the hosts won 3-2 after 90 goalless minutes.

Chris Wood, Kieran Trippier and Joelinton have moved to Newcastle.

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

Papa makes a difference as Newcastle progress

With one Premier League game to come before a break in top-flight football due to the World Cup break, Newcastle and Palace made eight and six changes respectively following both clubs’ wins this weekend.

Newcastle manager Howe handed Allan Saint-Maximin his first start since the end of August as he continues to build up his competitive minutes from injury – but England’s World Cup hope Callum Wilson, who has been battling illness, was not in the home squad.

Patrick Vieira, meanwhile, rested Palace strikers Wilfried Zaha and Eberechi Eze while naming six teenagers on the substitutes’ bench.

In the first half, both sides managed only one shot on goal without any clear chances.

Mateta saw Pope push his shot over the bar as the visitors came closest to an equalizer before half-time, with 20-year-old Elliot Anderson firing straight at Sam Johnstone.

Johnstone was on hand to deny Wood after the Newcastle striker intercepted a poor pass from James Tomkins early in the second period, before Dan Burn’s header from a corner deflected down for 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 withstood late pressure to score penalties.

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The shootout marked Newcastle’s first Pope, as three saves from the England international kept the in-form Magpies’ hopes of a first major domestic trophy since the 1955 FA Cup alive.

It was a timely reminder of Pope’s shootings, with his heroics coming the night before England coach Gareth Southgate named his final 26-man squad for the World Cup in Qatar.

“I have to say the first penalty, I thought, was right out of the top drawer,” Howe said of goalkeeper Pope.

“There was actually some defending in the first half that again I thought was top drawer as well, so it wasn’t just in the penalty shootout. But he’s been doing that for us all season.

“He’s a very commanding figure, but he kept the goal so quietly, it kind of goes unnoticed what a difference he made.”

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

They set up


Forming 4-3-3

  • 22Papa
  • 19ManquilloReplaced byTrippieron 66′minute
  • 6Lascelles
  • 33BurnReplaced byBoatmanon 66′minute
  • 13Targett
  • 36With LongstaffReplaced byBruno Guimarãeson 66′minute
  • 8ShelveyReplaced byWillockon 86′minute
  • 7Joelinton
  • 32AndersonBooked in 39 minutesReplaced byAlmironon 78′minute
  • 20Wood
  • 10Saint Maximin


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

The Crystal Palace

Forming 3-4-2-1

  • 21Johnstone
  • 2Ward
  • 5Tomkins
  • 6Guéhi
  • 17Clyne
  • 4MilivojevicBooked in 42 minutes
  • 19HughesBooked for 90 min
  • 3Mitchell
  • 7OliseReplaced byEbioweion 78′minute
  • 9J AyewReplaced byRiedewaldon 78′minute
  • 14Mateta


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

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