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Norwich thrash Bournemouth, 10-man Everton win in League Cup

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Norwich City's Josh Sargent shoots on goal in the Carabao Cup Second Round match against Bournemouth at Carrow Road, Norwich on August 24, 2021

LONDON, August 25: Norwich City thumped second-tier Bournemouth 6-0 in the League Cup second round on Tuesday but some of their Premier League rivals lived dangerously before overcoming lowly opponents.

Rafa Benitez’s Everton were down to 10 men after 59 minutes at Championship side Huddersfield Town when forward Moise Kean was shown a straight red card with the score at 1-1 but Andros Townsend grabbed a 79th minute winner for the visitors.
The goal was new signing Townsend’s first for the Toffees and came after a Tom Lees header on the stroke of halftime had cancelled out Alex Iwobi’s 26th minute opener for Everton.
Kean had the ball in the net but was ruled offside and then was sent off after an off the ball incident.
“We created chances and took control,” said Benitez. “They had more belief after they scored the goal. They were pushing after that and then the sending-off changed things.”
Brentford, flying high on their return to the Premier League, were a goal down at home to fourth-tier Forest Green Rovers but ran out 3-1 winners with three second-half strikes.
Forest Green played with 10 men for the last 10 minutes after Ebou Adams was sent off.
“We made nine changes and changed the formation as well, maybe that didn’t help, maybe I didn’t help the boys as much as I should have done,” said Brentford boss Thomas Frank.
Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace were the sole Premier League casualties of the evening, losing 1-0 in their all top-flight clash at Watford after Ashley Fletcher fired in a right-footed shot four minutes from time.
Norwich opened the floodgates in one of three earlier kickoffs, with their new U.S. international signing Josh Sargent and Greek winger Christos Tzolis each scoring twice on their full debuts at Carrow Road.
The Canaries were 3-0 up by halftime with Bournemouth managing only one shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.
Aston Villa thrashed fourth-tier Barrow 6-0 away, with teenager Cameron Archer netting a hat-trick, while Leeds United left it late at Elland Road before putting three past League One side Crewe Alexandra in the last 11 minutes for a 3-0 win.
Wolverhampton Wanderers beat second-tier Nottingham Forest 4-0 on the road, their first win of the season, with all the goals coming after the break.
Brighton & Hove Albion saw off Championship side Cardiff City 2-0 after Jakub Moder scored from outside the box in the ninth minute and Andi Zeqiri doubled the tally in the 55th.
Arsenal play at West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday while Newcastle United host Burnley and Southampton visit Newport County. The third round draw follows those matches.
FIFA’s Infantino asks Premier League, La Liga to release players for World Cup qualifiers
The English Premier League and Spain’s La Liga should release players for World Cup qualifiers next month to “preserve and protect sporting integrity”, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday.
While the Premier League has refused to release players headed to countries on the United Kingdom’s ‘red list’ due to strict quarantine rules on their return, La Liga supported its clubs in refusing to release players for qualifiers in South America.
“I am calling on a show of solidarity from every member association, every league, and every club, to do what is both right and fair for the global game,” Infantino said in a statement.
“Many of the best players in the world compete in leagues in England and Spain, and we believe these countries also share the responsibility to preserve and protect the sporting integrity of competitions around the world.”
The Premier League said nearly 60 players were set to travel to 26 countries on Britain’s “red list” while La Liga said 25 players from 13 different clubs were affected, with more likely to follow when Ecuador and Venezuela announce their squads.
England’s strict rules would require players to quarantine for 10 days upon their return to the country, with the Premier League saying no exemption had been granted by the government for soccer players.
The international break in September begins after this weekend’s matches and runs for two weeks, with the Premier League resuming on Sept. 11.
Premier League players would potentially miss two league matches if they quarantined on their return. The period would cover three games if the club was involved in the group stages of European club competitions which begin on Sept. 14.
Infantino said he had written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson for support.
“I have suggested that an approach similar to that adopted by the UK government for the final stages of the Euro 2020 be implemented for the upcoming international matches,” Infantino added.
London’s Wembley Stadium hosted the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 last month. Official data published last week said the final was a “superspreader” event due to the level of COVID-19 infection found in or around the stadium on the day.
Johnson has backed plans for a bid by the United Kingdom and Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup finals.
The English Football League (EFL), which governs England’s lower divisions, also said in a statement on Wednesday that their clubs had taken a “collective decision not to release players for international matches” in red-list countries.

The matter first came to light on Monday when the Egyptian Football Association said Liverpool had refused to allow Mohamed Salah to travel to Africa for World Cup qualifiers. (Agencies)