Bournemouth 0-0 Crystal Palace (11-10 on pens): Milivojevic misses pen

Bournemouth 0-0 Crystal Palace (11-10 on pens): Luka Milivojevic misses the 24TH penalty of mammoth shootout as Cherries progress in Carabao Cup

  • Both sides made 10 changes to their XI who started league games at weekend
  • Sam Surridge had a goal ruled out for offside in cagey first half on south coast
  • Neither side could break the deadlock and second round clash went to penalties
  • Palace go on to face Man City away from home in third round of Carabao Cup

After scrapping extra time for the first five rounds this season, here was a good case to ditch the 90 minutes too.

With regular time largely uneventful, the best action came in the penalty shootout, with the first 20 takers all scoring and no lines fluffed until Asmir Begovic’s spot kick was saved by Wayne Hennessey who then blazed his chance to win it high into the empty stand, goal-kick style.

The tie was finally settled when Begovic, making his first Bournemouth appearance for 528 days, dived to his left to deny the usually reliable Luka Milivojevic’s second attempt of the shootout. 

Luka Milivojevic sees his penalty saved by Asmir Begovic to secure Bournemouth’s victory

Milivojevic (right) shakes hands with the Bournemouth keeper after missing the vital penalty

The scoreboard reads 11-10 on penalties following an incredible shootout at the Vitality

Hennessey holds his hands on his head after firing his penalty way over the crossbar

Bournemouth: Begovic, Stacey (Lerma 62), Ofoborh, Simpson, Kelly, Zemura, Lewis Cook (Gosling 74), Arter (Solanke 83), Billing, Brooks, Surridge

Subs not used: Travers, Kilkenny, Anthony

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Kelly, Woods (Sakho 61), Inniss, Jach, Kirby (Townsend 70), Meyer, Milivojevic, Eze, Schlupp (Ayew 60), Batshuayi

Subs not used: McCarthy, Mitchell, Pierrick, Henderson

Booked: Kelly 

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire)

With the added demands of the Championship schedule in an already congested season, Manchester City away in round three it might not feel like much of a reward for Bournemouth.

Of the two sides, they were at least the ones who displayed the greater desire to win.

A disjointed opening was to be expected with the flurry of changes, 19 between the two clubs, and debutants on show.

Defenders Jordan Zemura and Nnamdi Ofoborh featured for the first time for Bournemouth while left back Jaroslaw Jach and Nya Kirby, a member of England’s under-17 World Cup winning squad alongside the likes of Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden, were also making landmark appearances for Palace too along with full debutant Ebere Eze, the south Londoners’ £20m summer signing, and Michy Batshuayi, a second time around following his loan return.

Moments after Harry Arter, donning a Cherries shirt for the first time in 972 days after loans at Cardiff and Fulham, tested Wayne Hennessey, Kirby extended Begovic at the other end, the experienced keeper ending his long absence after loans at Qarabag and AC Milan.

Kirby was inches away from converting Jeff Schlupp’s cross only for it to skip off the turf before he could readjust his feet.

Sam Surridge fires the ball past Wayne Hennessey, only for his first-half strike to be ruled out

Ebere Eze (right) was making his first start for Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup clash

Michy Batshuayi was also among a new-look forward line for the Eagles after returning on loan

In between, Bournemouth were the better side and had it not been for what appeared to be an incorrectly raised flag that denied Sam Surridge the opener, they would have deservedly led.

Right wing back Jack Stacey became an unlikely after the break forcing Sam Woods into a desperate last ditch block and then Wayne Hennessey into a plunging save to keep the score level.

But, despite a late Palace improvement following the introductions of Jordan Ayew and Andros Townsend, the game remained goalless and drifted to penalties where the real drama unfolded.

Jack Stacey aims a shot towards Hennessey’s goal but the Welsh goalkeeper is equal to it

Palace boss Roy Hodgson speaks to Bournemouth counterpart Jason Tindall on the touchline

Eze is involved in a challenge with Bournemouth’s Stacey during the clash on Tuesday




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