League Cup: Liverpool defeat Arsenal in 19-goal thriller; Man Utd beat Chelsea 2-1
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Liverpool entered the quarterfinals of the League Cup on Wednesday after defeating Arsenal 5-4 in a penalty shoot out post 5-5 draw at full time. Both sides came up with complete changes in their playing XI for the fourth round tie but served as one of the most entertaining games of the season at Anfield.
In the penalty shoot-out, 20-year-old Irish Keeper Caoimhin saved the penalty from Dani Ceballos after Liverpool born 18-year-old Curtis Jones converted the winning kick. The Gunners have won the League Cup for a record eight times and remains in the hunt to lift their first title after 2012.
This is a consecutive blow to the Unai Emery's side who lost despite dominating the game 3-1, 4-2 and 5-4 with seconds to go post-Xhaka's outburst at fans post premier league 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
With an average of 23 years and 122 days, it was the youngest playing eleven for the reds since January 2017 that featured teenagers Sepp Van Den Berg, Rhian Brewster, Harvey Elliot, and Neco Williams.
Liverpool scored the opening goal in the first six minutes as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sent over a low cross and Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi deflected it onto his knee into the back of his own net.
Arsenal scored the equaliser in the 19th minute thanks to an assist from Mesut Ozil, who made his third appearance of the since and first after September 24.
Gabriel Martinelli doubled the lead for the hosts after scoring back to back goals in the 26th and 36th minutes. James Milner reduced the deficit in the 43rd minute as Arsenal lead 3-2 at HT.
The second half was quite interesting as Maitland Niles scored as Arsenal and Liverpool were 5-4 till 90 minutes, but Divock Origi's last blast in the injury time made it 5-5 at FT. Maitland Niles, Chamberlain and Joe Willcock also registered one goal each.
In the second match of the day, Ole Gunnar Solkjaer men defeated Chelsea 2-1 as Marcus Rashford scored twice while Michy Batshuayi scored the lone gone for Chelsea. In other matches, Aston Villa also moved into the last eight with a 2-1 win over local rivals Wolves.
Posted By: James Kuanal