Ebene News – GB – Sunderland 1-1 Lincoln report (5-3 penalties): Black Cats at Wembley

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Sunderland heads to Wembley after beating Lincoln City on penalties to reach the EFL Trophy Final

The teams were tied 1-1 at the end of normal time, with Charlie Wyke scoring in the final 15 minutes to call off Anthony Scully’s opener just past the hour mark

This led the game to a shootout with blameless Sunderland from the start, while Lincoln’s kick under Remy Howarth that hit the bar proved costly as the Black Cats triumphed 5-3, with Grant Leadbitter scoring the decisive penalty

Sunderland has qualified for the final of this competition for the second time in three seasons, and they will face League Two Tranmere Rovers under the arch next month

Lee Johnson made two changes to the squad that started the weekend’s win over Doncaster Rovers

Wolves center-back on loan Dion Sanderson missed the game because he’s tied for the cup, while Conor McLaughlin fell on the bench

It meant a reshuffle, with Max Power and Luke O’Nien moving from midfielder to defense, the first succeeding McLaughlin and the second replacing Sanderson

And Leadbitter and young Dan Neil came to the side to occupy the Power pitches and O’Nien had left the midfield

Johnson also included U23 center-back Patrick Almond on the bench, with academy proceeds having already been an unused replacement at Fleetwood during the group stage of this competition in November

Lincoln City boss Michael Appleton made five changes to the squad that drew at home against Accrington Stanley on Sunday

He debuted new recruit Max Sanders and brought in Timothy Eyoma, Adam Jackson, Tayo Edun and Scully, along with Regan Poole, Cohen Bramall, Joe Walsh, James Jones and Morgan Rogers

Lincoln dominated possession in the first quarter of the game but did not test Lee Burge as center-back Lewis Montsma headed from a corner, while TJ Eyoma and Scully both had chances to shoot but missed the target.

As the first half wore on Sunderland started to come in and when Aiden McGeady gave the ball to Callum McFadzean inside the box the defender turned cleanly only to see his low shot take a deflection and cross the wide and goal face for a corner

Leadbitter sliced ​​high and wide 25 yards, but the best effort of the half came five minutes before the break when McGeady worked the space for a shot just outside the left corner of the box and that Lincoln keeper Alex Palmer had to be alert to descend to his right and push him back

Sunderland was forced to switch at halftime when Bailey Wright left with a calf problem, and McLaughlin came in to replace him

Lincoln got off to a good start to the second period and Burge was called up for the first time within a minute of the restart as a defensive slip let Tom Hopper in and he entered the box but the keeper stopped his shot and caught the loose ball on the second attempt

Clear chances were still hard to come by, however, and Lincoln’s Jorge Grant could only shoot a long-range free kick over the bar, while Brennan Johnson also saw a long shot go through. far

The breakthrough came in the 64th minute, when the Bramall sub crossed from the left and Conor McGrandles saw his shot stopped by the diver Burge, but Scully reacted the most quickly to the rebound and he brought the free ball at close range

This goal elicited a reaction from Sunderland, Gooch seeing a shot stopped by Palmer, then the keeper brilliantly managed to push a Wyke header over the bar, and he also saved another Wyke effort.

But the McGeady / Wyke combination that produced four goals against Doncaster this weekend resumed their double act 15 minutes from time

McGeady’s ball in the box found Wyke who had passed Montsma, and he glanced with his head in the lower left corner of the net

It was the signal for Sunderland to build up the pressure in the finals, and McGeady made two saves from Palmer with long-range shots, but they couldn’t find a winner and the game ended in penalties, and it was Sunderland that prevailed

SUNDERLAND: Burge, Power, Wright (McLaughlin 46), O’Nien, McFadzean, Scowen (Diamond 60), Leadbitter, Neil (Maguire 60), Gooch (O’Brien 83), Wyke, McGeady Submarines no used: Matthews, Jones, Almond

LINCOLN CITY: Palmer, Eyoma, Montsma, Jackson, Edun (Howarth 75), McGrandles, Grant, Sanders (Bramall 58), Scully, Hopper (Jones 75), Johnson Unused Submarines: Long, Roughan

Sunderland AFC, Lincoln City FC, Lee Johnson, EFL League One, Grant Leadbitter, Charlie Wyke

Ebene News – GB – Sunderland 1-1 Lincoln (5-3 penalties): the Black Cats go to Wembley

Source: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/match-reports/sunderland-1-1-lincoln-5-19857959