Wolves 1-1 Reading (4-2 on pens): Premier League side book last-16 spot following penalty shootout
- Nuno Espirito Santo made 10 changes to team that drew at Palace on Sunday
- Youngster Bruno Jordao opened the scoring for top flight side on his debut
- Goal came following error from Jordao’s Portugal U21 team-mate Joao Virginia
- Jordao’s night ended badly after he was taken off on stretcher before half-time
- Lucas Boye levelled up in 99th minute, but Wolves went on to win shootout 4-2
Wolverhampton Wanderers had two young players taken off on stretchers as they won through on penalties after a 99th minute Reading equaliser.
Bruno Jordao, 20, suffered a cruel night of mixed emotions at Molineux.
He had the high of scoring on his debut following an £8million summer move from Lazio.
Bruno Jordao shapes to shoot on his debut, putting Wolves ahead to begin a topsy-turvy night
Reading’s goalkeeper Joao Virginia – on loan from Everton – had a moment to forget for the goal
Jordao (left) celebrates with his fellow Portuguese youngster Pedro Neto at Molineux
Wolves: Ruddy, Vallejo, Bennett, Kilman, Doherty, Bruno Jordao (Perry 42), Neves, Ruben Vinagre, Pedro Neto (Cundle 83), Cutrone, Gibbs-White (Shabani 74)
Subs not used: Sanderson, Rui Patricio, Coady, Joao Moutinho
Goal: Jordao 27
Booked: Neto, Perry
Reading: Virginia, Howe (Puscas 66), McIntyre (Ejaria 57), Miazga, Blackett, Richards, Meite, Adam (Swift 56), Rinomhota, Barrett, Boye
Subs not used: Walker, Baldock, Olise, Osho
Goal: Boye 90+9
Referee: Peter Bankes
But, just 13 minutes later, he was taken off, distraught, on a stretcher with an apparent shin injury following a challenge with Reading midfielder Charlie Adam.
Wolves then saw German substiute Merian Shabani, also 20, carried off with a knee injury which meant nine minutes’ stoppage time was added and left Wolves with 10 men.
And that was enough for Lucas Boye to head home a John Swift cross with the last action of normal time.
That sent the game to penalties where Ruben Vinagre sealed a 4-2 shootout victory -and a west Midlands derby with Aston Villa – after keeper John Ruddy had saved from Swift and then Boye put his shot over the bar.
‘It was very sad about Bruno and Shabani,’ said Nuno.
‘Shabani looks bad, we don’t know what his injury is. It’s a long injury. Jordao twisted his ankle, someone fell on him, let’s see how he is.
‘When we were 10 men at the end, pushing becomes harder. But it was good to get that winning feeling again.’
Ruben Neves captained his side in the Carabao Cup clash against Championship Reading
Jordao holds his hands over his face as medical staff load him onto the stretcher in the first half
Portugese Under-21 midfielder Jordao was finally given his chance in the side by Wolves manager Nuno.
And he made what looked to be an ideal start when he scored from 20 yards out in the 27th minute.
Jordao got a huge slice of luck as his low shot looked to have been covered by countryman and Reading goalkeeper Joao Virginia, 19.
Patrick Cutrone, signed from AC Milan in the summer, battles with Reading’s Teddy Howe
Ruben Vinagre (right) was among Wolves’ starting XI, which was much-changed from Sunday
But the on-loan Everton player allowed the ball to slip through his hands.
Reading boss Jose Gomes said: ‘We didn’t deserve to go in at half time 1-0 down, they scored a lucky goal. The second half was completely different, we controlled the game. We deserved to score.
‘But we cannot hide the the way we conceded that goal, it has to better in future.’