Newcastle United are out of the Carabao Cup after a penalty shootout defeat to Leicester City.

Newcastle United have bowed out of the Carabao Cup after a penalty shootout defeat to Leicester City on Wednesday night.

The Magpies were in high spirits after beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 on Sunday afternoon, but couldn’t repeat that result as Steve Bruce made a host of changes.

James Maddison opened the scoring for the Foxes, as his free kick took a huge deflection off the wall and wrong-footed Karl Darlow.

However, Newcastle didn’t lie down and grabbed a second half equaliser as Jetro Willems latched onto a long ball, and whilst he executed a frankly comical dive, the ball fell to Yoshinori Muto to score.

The game went all the way to penalties, but Kasper Schmeichel was the hero for Leicester as he saved spot kicks from both Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden, knocking Newcastle out.

Bruce will have been pleased with how his side battled, and will hope that Muto’s goal will give him some confidence after a tricky first year in English football.

Signed for £10million from Mainz by Rafael Benitez last summer (Daily Mail), Muto was given a start against Leicester and grabbed a goal, leading to mixed reactions from fans on Twitter.

Some felt that Muto was ‘toothless’ and ‘absolutely garbage’ despite his goal, feeling that he shouldn’t be in the Newcastle starting lineup again based on last night’s performance.

Others felt that he was ‘different class’ with his energy absolutely vital, and believe that he can now play a major first-team role having picked up some confidence last night.

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