Manchester City 3-1 Southampton
The two-time defending holders reached the quarterfinals of this year’s EFL Cup with a comfortable 3-1 home victory over Southampton, courtesy of goals scored by Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Aguero (twice).
Otamendi got the scoring started when he headed home Bernardo Silva’s corner kick in the 20th minute. Aguero scored either side of halftime, first by applying the easy conclusion to Kyle Walker’s crossover in the 38th minute followed by a tap-in from Riyad Mahrez’s nail service in the 56th. Aguero ripped his brace to indicate his 350th look for the club (all competitions).
Southampton scored out of a corner kick of their own, but it was too small and too late when Jack Stephens headed home James Ward-Prowse’s ball in the 75th minute. Claudio Bravo wasn’t pressured into making his first save of the game before the 65th minute.
Everton 2-0 Watford
Everton scored twice throughout the last 20 minutes to survive a ropey encounter with Watford at Goodison Park. Mason Holgate set the hosts ahead after 72nd minutes before Richarlison put the game out of reach with the Toffees’ second goal at the 92nd.
Everton manager Marco Silva has been forced to create two subs before the second half start. Defender Yerry Mina lasted only 41 minutes before suffering an injury, and Moise Kean was subbed off at halftime after struggling to produce in the first half.
Burton Albion 1-3 Leicester City
Leicester followed up their 9-0 drubbing of Saints by placing three ago League One side Burton Albion. Kelechi Iheanacho and Youri Tielemans put the visitors 2-0 ahead after 20 minutes, but the Brewers battled their way back in the match through Liam Boyce’s goal in the 52nd minute.
The match remained 2-1 until the final minute of normal time, when James Maddison slammed home a cross from Demarai Gray to make it 3-1 and put the Foxes at simplicity.