Sheffield United 2-2 Southampton (2-4 penalties): Saints blunt Blades after shoot-out success
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Southampton progressed to the Quarter-Finals of the Carabao Cup, but only after needing penalties to see off Sheffield United in an entertaining tie at Bramall Lane.

Enda Stevens' early strike put the Championship side ahead early on, but Saints turned the tie around with Ibrahima Diallo and Mohammed Salisu both scoring their first goals for the club.

However, Ollie McBurnie took advantage of a mistake at the back to draw the Blades level and force penalties.

The stage was then set for Forster, who produced two fine saves to allow Oriol Romeu to fire home the decisive spot kick and send Ralph Hasenhuttl's side into the last 16.

Having made nine changes from the draw at Manchester City, Saints started brightly, with Romain Perraud forcing a save from Wes Foderingham inside the first sixty seconds.

Blades strike early on

However, after a stuttering start to life back in the Championship, Sheffield United have found their feet in recent weeks and that confidence was evident as they went in front on the eight minute mark.

Jayden Bogle found room down the right and he pulled the ball across from the byeline to Stevens, who picked his spot and wrong-footed Forster as he shot back across the diving keeper.

The visitors searched for a response, with Diallo somehow steering Nathan Tella's low driven cross wide when well placed before the Frenchman made amends moments later.

Diallo heads Saints level

After Lyanco headed over a Nathan Redmond corner, Romeu crossed for midfield partner Diallo who guided a well-placed header low into the bottom corner.

Both sides made changes at the break, but it was United's substitutes who combined to calve out a chance as Rhian Brewster played in Ben Osborn, but Forster denied him with his legs to keep Saints level.

Salisu's first for Saints

It proved an important stop, with the visitors soon taking the lead. Tella's quickly taken corner caught the Blades napping, as the youngster exchanged passes with James Ward-Prowse before fizzing in a low cross which Salisu met at the near post to turn it in.

Error proves costly

But just when it looked like the Premier League side were in control, Sheffield United fought back and drew level midway through the second half.

A loose pass from Lyanco conceded possession and Osborn picked out McBurnie at the far post, who slammed the ball past Forster.

Che Adams, with four goals in his last three games against his former club, was summoned with ten minutes to go and he was presented with a great chance to win the tie late on.

A brilliant cross by Perraud from the left picked out the striker who looked destined to score, but Foderingham reached out and somehow kept the substitute at bay to ensure the tie went to penalties.

Shoot-Out Success for Saints

Ward-Prowse stepped up first and buried his spot-kick, as did Adams, but Brewster and Armando Broja were both denied, leaving the scores level after three kicks each.

When Diallo converted his penalty and Forster kept out McBurnie, it was left to Romeu to fire home the winning penalty to put Saints in the hat for the Quarter-Final draw on Wednesday night.

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