EFL Cup - Fourth Round
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Burton Albion 1-3 Leicester City: James Maddison goal seals Foxes' progress into quarter-finals

James Maddison
Leicester City have scored 12 goals across a two-game period for the first time since December 1964

James Maddison's late goal sealed Leicester's passage into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup at League One Burton.

Despite making nine changes from the record-equalling win at Southampton, Brendan Rodgers' team were fluent throughout.

Goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and Youri Tielemans put the visitors in charge.

And Maddison's close-range effort secured the win after Liam Boyce scored with a 20-yard drive for the hosts.

Until then, last season's semi-finalists Burton, who have already knocked out Premier League Bournemouth this term, had shown they were capable of springing another surprise.

That was largely due to a mistake from Foxes keeper Danny Ward, who mishandled Boyce's rasping effort, coupled with the form of goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara.

But the on-loan Manchester United player could do little to prevent any of the visitors' goals - with Iheanacho sweeping his effort into the left corner from Tielemans' cross, the Belgian finding the bottom corner from Dennis Praet's cut-back and Maddison flicking in Demarai Gray's near-post cross.

The draw for the quarter-finals will be at 08:45 GMT on Thursday and will be broadcast live on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2. You can also follow it on the BBC Sport website.

Relentless Leicester advance

Leicester made the short journey up the M1 motorway looking to maintain their fine run of form and, despite making a raft of changes, emerged as worthy winners.

On a night when the likes of Jamie Vardy, Harvey Barnes and Maddison all started on the bench, Rodgers will surely be satisfied by the relentless approach his team employed.

Rodgers' side have now won six of their last seven matches in all competitions and Gray, Tielemans and Hamza Choudhury set the tone for a performance that was brimming with energy and drive.

Gray initiated both of his side's first-half goals with incisive first-time passing that carved open the hosts down either flank.

And Tielemans again demonstrated his value as an attacking force - the 22-year-old having now provided more assists than any other Foxes player since his debut in February.

Those contributions played a significant role in the three-time winners of the competition progressing to the last eight stage for the third successive season.

Burton manager Nigel Clough: "They had chances all through the game with the quality they have. We think their starting 11 was worth £100m so it's very difficult when you have that quality against you and you give them a goal in the first few minutes.

"I thought we gave them a game, especially in the second half. We had situations all throughout the game. We couldn't quite finish ours, we got a goal back and made it interesting for 30 minutes or so."

Leicester City assistant manager Chris Davies: "You saw the strength of the squad tonight and the performance was good. We did it at Luton in the previous round, we changed it for that game as well.

"We've not done it just to give them a bit of game-time, we've done it because we trust them. We know they've got the quality to deliver the performance and the result for us.

"We're into the quarter-finals again and we'll be looking forward to that game when it comes around. There's a lot of belief at the moment and the confidence is really high."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1O'Hara
  • 2Brayford
  • 21O'Toole
  • 6Wallace
  • 15HutchinsonSubstituted forDyerat 45'minutes
  • 4EdwardsSubstituted forSbarraat 88'minutes
  • 7Quinn
  • 8Fraser
  • 17SarkicSubstituted forTempletonat 88'minutes
  • 27Boyce
  • 9Broadhead

Substitutes

  • 3Daniel
  • 5Buxton
  • 11Templeton
  • 14Sbarra
  • 19Anderson
  • 23Dyer
  • 24Garratt

Leicester

  • 12Ward
  • 2Justin
  • 5Morgan
  • 6Evans
  • 28Fuchs
  • 20ChoudhurySubstituted forNdidiat 88'minutes
  • 7Gray
  • 26PraetSubstituted forMaddisonat 83'minutes
  • 8Tielemans
  • 11Albrighton
  • 14IheanachoSubstituted forBarnesat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 9Vardy
  • 10Maddison
  • 15Barnes
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 25Ndidi
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
6,186

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home14
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away10
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Leicester City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Leicester City 3.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by John-Joe O'Toole.

James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Fraser (Burton Albion).

Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harvey Barnes.

Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Burton Albion 1, Leicester City 3. James Maddison (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Joe Sbarra replaces Ryan Edwards.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. David Templeton replaces Oliver Sarkic.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Wilfred Ndidi replaces Hamza Choudhury.

James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Burton Albion).

Attempt blocked. Ryan Edwards (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Broadhead.

Attempt missed. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Lloyd Dyer.

Attempt missed. Oliver Sarkic (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Scott Fraser.

Attempt missed. Ryan Edwards (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. James Maddison replaces Dennis Praet.

Offside, Leicester City. James Justin tries a through ball, but Demarai Gray is caught offside.

Offside, Leicester City. Demarai Gray tries a through ball, but Harvey Barnes is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Jonny Evans (Leicester City) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Youri Tielemans with a cross.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by John-Joe O'Toole.

James Justin (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Boyce (Burton Albion).

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Danny Ward.

Attempt saved. Scott Fraser (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer with a cross.

Hand ball by Dennis Praet (Leicester City).

Foul by Jonny Evans (Leicester City).

Liam Boyce (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marc Albrighton.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by John-Joe O'Toole.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Kieran O'Hara.

Attempt saved. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Kieran Wallace.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Harvey Barnes replaces Kelechi Iheanacho.

Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Justin.

Attempt missed. Stephen Quinn (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.

Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Boyce (Burton Albion).

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