Arsenal take strides as Leverkusen are humbled

  • Tuesday’s games

Group A
Arsenal 2-0 Reading (Oxlade-Chamberlain 33 78)
Arsenal moved through to the English League Cup quarter-finals for the first time in four seasons as they defeated Jaap Stam’s Reading. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring with a confident finish after the second-tier visitors lost the ball in defence and the second was a deflected shot from the edge of the area. Arsenal are now 13 matches unbeaten.

Montana 0-4 Ludogorets Razgrad (Keșerü 9 78, Natanael 32, Misidjan 90)
Ludogorets produced their second 4-0 ‘away’ win of the Bulgarian Cup (though the match was actually played in Razgrad) to cruise past last season’s beaten finalists and ensure no repeat of their round of 16 exit a year ago. The quarter-finals are in early April.

Group C
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0 Stuttgart (Johnson 31, Stindly 84)
Gladbach took their place in the German Cup last 16 with their first home win in a month. Lars Stindl followed up his UEFA Champions League goal at Celtic last week with a fine finish tonight against their 2. Bundesliga opposition.

Barcelona 0-1 Espanyol (Caicedo 10)
Barcelona took the opportunity to give their squad players a run-out in Tarragona as they lost to their neighbours in the Catalonia Super Cup. This was the second time the trophy had been played for, Barcelona beating Espanyol on penalties in 2014 after the competition was split from the Catalonia Cup now involving the rest of the regions’ teams.

Group D
Sparta Rotterdam 3-1 PSV Eindhoven
(Vriends 15, El Azzouzi 53, Brogno 70; Ramselaar 51)

PSV’s Dutch Cup hopes were ended in the round of 32 by Sparta, who they had beaten 1-0 at home in the league only on Sunday. Bart Ramselaar was also the PSV scorer at the weekend.

Group E
Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Sturridge 9 64; Janssen 76p)
Spurs exited the League Cup despite Vincent Janssen pulling one back from the spot after Erik Lamela was fouled. There was a first Tottenham start fior Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and a debut for 19-year-old Shayon Harrison, who came close to equalising after being introduced from the bench, but Spurs’ unbeaten start to the domestic season is over.

Sportfreunde Lotte 2-2, aet 4-3pens Bayer Leverkusen (Hilbert 47og, Freiburger 105; Volland 25 95)
Leverkusen crashed out of the German Cup to a team they beat 3-0 away in last year’s competition and who were promoted to the third tier for the first time this summer. Twice Kevin Volland put Levekersen ahead only for the home side to equalise, Lotte even reduced to ten men in the 78th minute. Volland was unable to convert in the shoot-out, which went to sudden death before Julian Baumgartlinger’s kick was saved and former Borussia Dortmund trainee and Wolfsburg reserve Luka Tankulić converted the winner for a Lotte team who previously knocked out Werder Bremen.

Group H
Bjelovar 1-2 Dinamo Zagreb (Jaković 81; Šitum 13, Ćorić 71)
Dinamo moved into late November’s Croatian Cup quarter-finals as they saw off their third-tier opponents. The visitors’ two goals were of high quality but Bjelovar hit the woodwork twice and having pulled one back forced Dinamo goalkeeper Adrian Šemper into a late save.

  • Wednesday’s games

Group B
Napoli v Empoli
Serie A

Dynamo Kyiv v Zorya Luhansk
Ukrainian Cup last 16

Group C
Manchester United v Manchester City
English League Cup last 16

Ross County v Celtic 
Scottish League

Group D
Bayern München v Augsburg

German Cup last 32

Group F
Borussia Dortmund v Union Berlin
German Cup last 32

Cultural Leonesa v Real Madrid
Copa del Rey last 32, first leg (return 30 November). Tie moved forward due to Madrid’s participation in FIFA Club World Cup clashing with the scheduled second legs in December.

Group G
Jammerbugt v København 
Danish Cup last 32

Club Brugge v Westerlo
Belgian League

Group H
Juventus v Sampdoria
Serie A

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