Bet you didn’t see that one coming! High flying Tottenham beaten 3-2 at home by low lying West Ham in the Carabao cup. Spurs 2-0 up after 37 minutes as well! Never mind, Spurs get to focus on the league and Slaven Bilic gets to keep his job for another week so it’s all good.
Championship side Bristol City thump Crystal Palace 4-1. The Bristolians currently seventh in the Championship are now the only team from outside the Premier League left in the EFL cup. Of the other teams hoping to make it through to the quarter-finals, Leeds were beaten 3-1 by Leicester City (who at the time of writing this have just appointed ex-Southampton boss Claude Puel as manager) and Wolverhampton Wanderers lost out on penalties to Manchester City.
Wolves did an amazing job of holding off the free scoring Sky Blues for 120 minutes at the Etihad before losing out in a penalty shoot-out. The team from the Midlands showed that it is possible to stop City from scoring, and may have won had it not been for the magnificence of Claudio Bravo.
As expected a changed Manchester United coasted to a comfortable victory over Swansea and Arsenal and Chelsea both progressed too, with victories over Norwich and Everton respectively.
Following their magnificent performance against the Premier League leaders most people’s team of the week (bear in mind it’s only Thursday!) would surely have been Wolverhampton Wanderers.
However, this week has seen another team produce a display so awesome that it eclipses even that of the Wolves.
That team of course is England U17’s, who produced a phenomenal display in Kolkata, India in front of an amazing 64,000 spectators. England defeated Brazil 3-1 thanks to a hat trick by 17-year old Rhian Brewster. This was Rhian’s second successive hat trick in the competition and puts him in contention for the golden boot.
What this means in effect is that….
England are now the U20 World Champions. England U17’s having been European Championship finalists earlier in the year, narrowly losing out to Spain on penalties, are now World Championship finalists where they will once again come up against Spain.
The England senior team on the other hand failed to get out of the group stages at Euro 2016 including losing to Iceland whose only other claim to fame is Bjork!
If you would like to watch England v Spain in the FIFA Under 17 World Cup final it will be streamed LIVE on BBC2 at 15:30 BST from the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata, India.