Result: Cardiff City 2-2 Liverpool (Liverpool win 3-2 on pens)

Steven Gerrard
© PA Photos
Liverpool win the Carling Cup with a dramatic 3-2 penalty shootout win over Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium after the sides draw 2-2 after extra time.

Liverpool have won the Carling Cup with a dramatic 3-2 penalty shootout win over Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium after the sides drew 2-2 after extra time.

Premier League Liverpool started the brighter of the two sides and went close to breaking the deadlock in the second minute. Stewart Downing cut the ball back for Glen Johnson, who curled his effort against the crossbar with Tom Heaton beaten.

However, with their first meaningful attack of the game, Cardiff took the lead. Kenny Miller threaded a pass through to Joe Mason, who took one touch before slotting the ball underneath an advancing Pepe Reina in the Liverpool goal.

Liverpool continued to dominate the tie, but were unable to draw themselves level before the break. Their best chance fell to Daniel Agger when he headed straight at Heaton from six yards out.

Cardiff had the first chance after the break, with Miller firing just wide after being found by Don Cowie.

Liverpool maintained their pressure though and eventually drew level on the hour mark. When Cardiff failed to clear Luis Suarez's shot that struck the post, centre-back Martin Skrtel was on hand to turn in the rebound.

Suarez and Downing then forced Heaton into diving saves from distance as Kenny Daglish's side seeked a winner.

The best chance fell to Championship outfit Cardiff though, when Kenny Miller turned inside the area but lashed his volleyed effort over the bar with three minutes remaining.

Liverpool started extra-time brightly and nearly found the net when Carroll's header from a corner was cleared off the line.

Substitute Craig Bellamy came close to punishing his former side, but his drive flew over.

However, it was another substitute who made Cardiff pay as Kuyt fired in at the second time of asking from the edge of the area with 12 minutes to play.

Cardiff continued to press in a frantic final few minutes and took the game to penalties when Ben Turner poked in from a corner.

Steven Gerrard, Kenny Miller and Charlie Adam were amongst those who missed their spot kicks, but it was the Anthony Gerrard, cousin of Steven, who put rhe decisive kick wide.

Andy Carroll
Read Next:
Carroll starts, Bellamy benched
>



You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole
World Cup
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Challenge Cup
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
A-League
Major League Soccer
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Chelsea28223359213869
2Tottenham HotspurSpurs28178355213459
3Manchester CityMan City28176554302457
4Liverpool29168561362556
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd271410342231952
6Arsenal27155756342250
7Everton29148751302150
8West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom29127103938143
9Stoke CityStoke2999113342-936
10Southampton2796123336-333
11Bournemouth2996144254-1233
12West Ham UnitedWest Ham2996144052-1233
13Burnley2995153142-1132
14Watford2887133348-1531
15Leicester CityLeicester2886143347-1430
16Crystal Palace2884163646-1028
17Swansea CitySwansea2983183663-2727
18Hull City2966172658-3224
19Middlesbrough28410142033-1322
20Sunderland2855182450-2620