Sunderland dump QPR out on penalties

Sunderland reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup for the first time since 2014 with a 3-1 penalty shootout win over QPR after their fourth-round tie ended goalless. QPR had beaten Leyton Orien

Sunderland dump QPR out on penalties

Sunderland reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup for the first time since 2014 with a 3-1 penalty shootout win over QPR after their fourth-round tie ended goalless.

QPR had beaten Leyton Orient and Everton on penalties to reach round four but fell woefully short at the third attempt, converting just one of their four penalties, with Yoann Barbet shanking the decisive spot-kick over the bar.

While QPR toiled at the spot, Sunderland held their nerve as Aiden McGeady, Ross Stewart, and Alex Pritchard all converted to send the League One Black Cats - the lowest-ranked team left in the competition - into the last eight for the first time since they made it all the way to the final in 2014.

QPR's defeat owed as much to their shambolic penalties as it did to a contentious decision to rule out Charlie Austin's 80th-minute header for offside, a goal which would likely have sent them through had it stood, but the night belonged to Sunderland, who eagerly await their quarter-final fate in Saturday's draw.

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What's next?

QPR host Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday at 7.45pm - live on Sky Sports Football - before Sunderland travel to Rotherham in Sky Bet League One on Saturday at 3pm.