Liverpool 3 – 3 Leicester

Liverpool made a stunning last-minute comeback before beating Leicester on penalties after a 3-3 draw and reaching the Carabao Cup semi-finals at Anfield.

The Reds, with 10 changes from the side that drew at Tottenham on Sunday, broke apart before half-time with Jamie Vardy scoring twice in four minutes (9, 13) and denying a hat-trick for width of sending.

A goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain kept Liverpool in the game early (19) before James Maddison’s 25-yard stunner restored the Foxes’ two-goal lead (33).

Three changes at half time upset the game in favor of the hosts with the introduction of Diogo Jota, James Milner and Ibrahima Konate, and in the middle of the second period Jota’s clever conclusion gave hope to the Reds thanks to the perfect tee-up by Takumi Minamino.

Another 20 minutes of relentless Liverpool pressure seemed insufficient to keep their cup dream alive, until Minamino equalized them in the fifth minute of injury time of the second half to equalize on penalties.

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Takumi Minamino is the first Liverpool player to score in three consecutive League Cup games since Vladimir Smicer in 2003

After six perfect spot-shoots, Luke Thomas ‘tame attempt was rejected by Caoimhin Kelleher, but with the ability to send the Reds through Minamino he blew the hosts’ fifth penalty against the crossbar.

After Kelleher jumped again to deny Ryan Bertrand, Jota made no mistake in sudden death, sending Liverpool into the semi-finals to face Arsenal and leaving Leicester to ponder how the win got out of hand.

Liverpool leave late to reach the final four

While a young Liverpool side, including Tyler Morton, Neco Williams, Billy Koumetio and Conor Bradley, seemed at ease at first, the hosts found themselves 2-0 down in the blink of an eye with a couple of goals that owed something to youthful ingenuity.

First, Koumetio left Vardy’s space on the right of the area to shoot from a tight angle after Kelleher’s desperate dive, then Bradley was caught on the field as Leicester neutralized the left, with Thomas’ ball finding Patson Daka, whose cross was buried by the veteran forward.

A breathless opening continued as Oxlade-Chamberlain buried Roberto Firmino’s clever lay-off, but hopes of recovery were dented when Maddison fired a wonderful 25-yard shot at the top of the net that had passed. Kelleher before he had time to react.

Moments later Vardy could have secured the result from a Leicester counterattack following a poor Joe Gomez pass in midfield, but hit the base of the far post with Kelleher again beaten.

Jamie Vardy celebrates Leicester-Liverpool goal
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Leicester top scorer Jamie Vardy has added another brace to his collection at Anfield

Jurgen Klopp’s trio of substitutions at half-time had the desired effect from the second half as Liverpool picked up the pace and apart from Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s 20-yard curler had no problems defending after the match. interval.

It took 22 minutes to find a way back to the match when Minamino turned Wilfred Ndidi and found Jota firing past Kasper Schmeichel from just inside the area, and although the pressure continued, it seemed like every hope of a leveler could be beyond the hosts.

That was until the fifth of the six minutes of the second time of recovery, when Ndidi allowed Milner’s ball to bounce off him and reach Minamino, who controlled him well before his final composed sent the equalizer on penalties.

Thomas’s bad penalty shot seemed to be the moment that would finally seal the Liverpool turn when Kelleher dived to deny it, but Minamino then threw at a 12-yard wood to deny himself the applause for the second time in the night. .

Bertrand gave Liverpool a second chance to seal their progression with another paltry penalty and this time Jota took full advantage, burying the ball in the far corner to organize a semi-final with Arsenal in the new year.

What’s next?

Liverpool will be back in action on Boxing Day when they host Leeds at Anfield; kick-off 12:30. Leicester will travel to Manchester City on Sunday; kick-off 15:00.

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