Wednesday Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Holders Manchester City progressed to the quarter-finals of the English League Cup last night.

Sergio Aguero (PRON: AG-WEH-RO) scored a brace in their comfortable 3-1 win over Southampton at the Etihad.

Seamus Coleman returned as Everton went through 2-nil against Watford in the other all-Premier League tie.

Elsewhere Oxford United beat Sunderland on penalties to reach the last eight for the first time in over thirty years.

Leicester City beat Burton Albion 3-1, while Colchester United saw off Crawley by the same margin.

There are some big games in the League Cup this evening.

Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield with Cork’s Caoimhin Kelleher to start for the home side in goal.

Chelsea host Manchester United and Aston Villa entertain Wolves in the other games.

Mick McCarthy has branded the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark next month as their biggest game in recent history.

Robbie Brady returns to the squad, with QPR’s Ryan Manning also named in yesterday’s 39-man provisional panel.

McCarthy says the visit of the Danes is one of the most important games of his managerial career:

RUGBY

England have been fined for crossing the halfway line as they lined up in a V formation to face the haka before their Rugby World Cup semi-final win over New Zealand.

World Rugby rules stipulate teams must remain within their own half of the pitch to receive the challenge.

Referee Nigel Owens and his team had to usher several England players back as they strayed over halfway.

Joey Carbery is set to miss Munster’s opening two Champions Cup fixtures against Ospreys and Racing 92 (PRON: RASS-ING).

The fly-half is nursing an ankle injury picked up in August that troubled him during Ireland’s disappointing World Cup campaign.

RACING

There’s an evening meeting on the all-weather tract at Dundalk later.

The first of an 8-race flat card is off at the Louth venue at 5-o’clock.

In the UK,

They run in Nottingham at 12.50 – soft, heavy in places

Fakenham, 1.10 – good

Taunton, 1.30 – good, good to firm in places

Kempton, 4.40 – standard to slow

Wolverhampton, 5 o’clock – standard