EFL Cup
Oxford Utd3Cheltenham4

Oxford United 3-4 Cheltenham Town

Mo Eisa
Mo Eisa joined Cheltenham from non-league Greenwich

Mo Eisa struck a brilliant extra-time winner as Cheltenham completed a stunning fightback from 3-1 down to beat League One Oxford in the EFL Cup at the Kassam Stadium.

Eisa fired an angled 25-yard shot into the top corner in the 99th minute for his second goal of the night.

But it was substitute Danny Wright who had turned the match for the Robins, diving to head home a Jordan Cranston cross in the 66th minute before bundling in a cross in stoppage time to take the game to an extra 30 minutes.

Earlier, Jon Obika and Xemi Fernandez had scored on their debuts to seemingly put the U's in control.

Eisa stooped to head Cranston's cross past goalkeeper Simon Eastwood in the ninth minute to put Cheltenham ahead.

Rob Hall was tripped by Kyle Storer on the edge of the area 12 minutes later, and although Marvin Johnson's centrally-hit spot-kick was saved by keeper Jonathan Platt, Johnson powerfully drilled home the rebound.

A dreadful defensive header by Jamie Grimes in the 31st minute then presented a gift to Obika and he gratefully accepted the present, firing a left-footed volley low under the keeper.

Xemi, signed from Barcelona in the summer, then made it 3-1 with a brilliant strike from 25 yards into the bottom corner three minutes before the break.

Hall almost got a fourth in the second half, firing across the face of the goal, but Cheltenham got stronger and stronger and fully deserved their victory after such a dramatic comeback.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

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Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 2Ribeiro
  • 5NelsonBooked at 73mins
  • 6Martin
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forCarrollat 67'minutes
  • 7Hall
  • 8LedsonBooked at 80mins
  • 14RuffelsBooked at 93mins
  • 18RothwellSubstituted forHenryat 97'minutes
  • 19Fernández CodinaSubstituted forPayneat 71'minutes
  • 20ObikaSubstituted forThomasat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Williamson
  • 9Thomas
  • 10Payne
  • 13Shearer
  • 17Henry
  • 35Carroll
  • 36Napa

Cheltenham

  • 1Flatt
  • 23Forster
  • 15Boyle
  • 2Grimes
  • 3Cranston
  • 11WinchesterSubstituted forPellat 54'minutes
  • 4StorerBooked at 78minsSubstituted forO'Shaughnessyat 79'minutes
  • 6AtanganaSubstituted forPageat 99'minutes
  • 17Sellars
  • 10HolmanSubstituted forWrightat 45'minutes
  • 20Eisa

Substitutes

  • 7Pell
  • 9Wright
  • 14O'Shaughnessy
  • 16Page
  • 18Bower
  • 22Lovett
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
3,179

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away25
Shots on Target
Home7
Away10
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home18
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 3, Cheltenham Town 4.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Oxford United 3, Cheltenham Town 4.

Attempt blocked. Jack Payne (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Wes Thomas (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by William Boyle (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt missed. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Canice Carroll (Oxford United).

Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Aaron Martin (Oxford United).

Mohamed Eisa (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. James Henry (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Christian Ribeiro (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

Second Half Extra Time begins Oxford United 3, Cheltenham Town 4.

First Half Extra Time ends, Oxford United 3, Cheltenham Town 4.

Attempt missed. Jack Payne (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Jack Payne (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Wes Thomas (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Page (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt blocked. Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jerell Sellars (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Oxford United 3, Cheltenham Town 4. Mohamed Eisa (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Adam Page replaces Nigel Atangana.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. James Henry replaces Joe Rothwell.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jordan Forster.

Attempt blocked. Jack Payne (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Jerell Sellars (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

Mohamed Eisa (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Mohamed Eisa (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Josh Ruffels.

Booking

Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

Jerell Sellars (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

First Half Extra Time begins Oxford United 3, Cheltenham Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 3, Cheltenham Town 3.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Wes Thomas.

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