African players abroad Iwobi and Fulham make history after defeating Everton

Nigeria international Alex Iwobi was in action as Fulham became League Cup semi-finalists for the first time in their history after a dramatic penalty shootout victory against Everton at Goodison Park on Tuesday night.

A lowkey 90 minutes saw the Whites take the lead late in the first half when Michael Keane put it into his net, but Everton took it to penalties after Beto’s 82nd-minute equaliser. The standard of spot-kicks was high, with only three out of 16 takers missing – Tosin rolling home the decisive kick to book a place in the final four of the Carabao Cup.

After Beto, Andreas Pereira, Dwight McNeil, Tom Cairney, Keane, Joao Palhinha, and Danjuma had all dispatched flawless efforts, it was an advantage for Everton when Pickford denied Bobby De Cordova-Reid.

Thankfully Bernd Leno responded immediately when he kept out Amadou Onana, with Carlos Vinicius then levelling the score. James Tarkowski, Kenny Tete, James Garner, and Antonee Robinson all converted, but Idrissa Gueye smacked his shot against the post to give Fulham control.

There was a lot of pressure on Tosin – who had enjoyed a brilliant game – but you would not have known it as he coolly slotted beyond Pickford to make history for Fulham. Another Nigerian player, defender Calvin Bassey, was also in action for the Cottagers.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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