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Burnley Secures Last-Minute Victory to Reach Carabao Cup Third Round



Burnley secured a dramatic last-minute victory over Nottingham Forest to advance to the third round of the Carabao Cup. Substitute Zeki Amdouni emerged as the hero for Burnley, controlling Josh Brownhill’s pass before confidently firing the winning goal past Forest goalkeeper Matt Turner. This strike, one of only two shots on target from either team, sealed the win for Burnley and eliminated Forest from the competition.

The match was a lackluster affair, with neither side managing to register a shot on target during the first half. The game came alive with 11 minutes of added time, as Forest pushed for an equalizer to force a penalty shootout. However, Burnley’s defense held firm, securing their place in the next round of the cup competition.

Burnley had a chance to extend their lead in the closing moments of the game when debutant Wilson Odobert found himself through on goal. However, Turner made a crucial save to deny the French teenager’s effort. Both teams had their opportunities throughout the match, with Cheikhou Kouyate missing a chance for Forest and Brownhill firing narrowly over for Burnley.

Despite the victory, Burnley manager Vincent Kompany will have concerns over the injuries sustained by Hjalmar Ekdal, Aaron Ramsey, and Vitinho. Ekdal was carried off on a stretcher after a collision in the box, while Ramsey and Vitinho both limped off the field. These injury concerns will need to be addressed before Burnley’s upcoming Premier League match against Tottenham.

Speaking after the game, Kompany expressed his satisfaction with the result and praised Amdouni’s goal-scoring abilities. He also highlighted the potential of Burnley’s squad for future success. Forest manager Steve Cooper, on the other hand, admitted that his team fell short of their performance levels and failed to make an impact in the match.

Overall, Burnley’s victory secures their progression in the Carabao Cup, while Forest will be disappointed to exit the competition early. Both teams will now turn their focus to their respective league matches in the coming days.


Ifeanyi Ekwueme

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