Charlton 0 – 0 Brighton
Charlton 0 – 0 Brighton
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Charlton, a League One contender, shocked Brighton and reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup when they beat them on penalties after a goalless draw at The Valley.
As Addicks’ keeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer saved Moises Caicedo’s penalty, Sam Lavelle struck the winning penalty as Charlton progressed to the last eight after a goalless 4-3 draw on penalties.
These are tough times for the Addicks, the former Premier League stars who are now 18th in League One and 24 hours earlier appointed their fifth manager in less than two years, Dean Holden.
They were almost behind for the first five minutes when Lewis Dunk headed a corner from Solly March just to the head.
Adam Lallana almost opened the scoring in spectacular fashion, catching Tariq Lamptey’s square ball, turning and clipping the bar from 20 metres.
But Charlton also had his chances in the first half when Jack Payne sliced inside and put a low shot straight at Jason Steele in the Brighton goal.
Steele then came out to bravely fend off Miles Leaburn, the teenage son of former Charlton forward Carl, who was booked for his challenge against the keeper, before Dunk slipped in to block Steven Sessegnon’s shot on target.
Roberto De Zerbi sent another World Cup squad, Japan winger Kaoru Mitoma, early in the second half to find some urgency.
It had an impact when Maynard-Brewer Levi had to tip Colwill’s header quickly before March shot past a couple of tackles into the area only to jab his target wide.
However, a stalemate remained and Steele appeared to be the hero in the shootout as he saved from George Dobson and Jes Rak-Sakyi.
But as March wound down and Caicedo’s attempt saved, Lavelle stepped forward to send the underdogs through.
De Zerbi apologizes for leaving
Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi:
“I’m sorry for the result and our fans are sorry too, we wanted to win the game and get into the quarter-finals.
“I think we played a good game, not a fantastic game but enough to win the game.
“We made a lot of mistakes in the last five meters. We had chances to score. And you can lose on penalties.
What’s next for Charlton & Brighton?
Charlton hosts Peterborough in League One on Boxing Day; Kick-off 3 p.m.
Brighton travel to Southampton on December 26 to continue their Premier League season; Kick-off 3 p.m.