Southampton advanced to the Carabao Cup fourth round after defeating Sheffield United in a penalty shootout on Tuesday evening.
Oriol Romeu was the man who dispatched the winning penalty. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints won 4-2 on penalties, with the two sides drawing 2-2 after 90 minutes.
Saints fielded a much-changed side from Saturday’s gritty 0-0 draw at champions Manchester City.
But the game didn’t start well for Southampton, with Enda Stevens opening the scoring for the Blades inside 10 minutes.
Southampton levelled thanks to a flicked on header from Ibrahima Diallo, who scored the first goal of his senior career, 15 minutes later.
Saints took the lead after the break with a sweetly-struck finish from defender Mohammed Salisu shortly after the half-time break.
Oli McBurnie then equalised for Sheffield United, now playing in the Championship after relegation from the Premier League last season, taking full advantage of some shaky defending from new Southampton signing Lyanco.
With scores level after 90 minutes, the game went to penalties.
James Ward-Prowse, Che Adams and Diallo dispatched their penalties before Romeu’s winner. Armando Broja, on loan from Chelsea, hit the bar with his effort before it flew over.
Fraser Forster was Saints’ hero on the night. These days a back-up goalkeeper, Forser expertly saved two Sheffield United penalties from Rhian Brewster and McBurnie to secure the win.