EFL Cup - Third Round
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Liverpool win 14-13 on penalties

Liverpool 2-2 Middlesbrough (14-13 on penalties)

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Listen: Liverpool's epic shootout win
  • Penalty shootout goes to 30th kick
  • Adomah misses vital kick for Boro
  • Both goalkeepers score in shootout
  • 20 penalties scored in a row

Liverpool won a record-equalling penalty shootout 14-13 to progress to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup at Middlesbrough's expense.

After the match ended 2-2, it took 30 penalties before Boro winger Albert Adomah missed to send the Reds through.

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Rodgers relieved after epic shootout win

Liverpool had taken the lead through debutant Jordan Rossiter but Boro equalised when Adam Reach headed in.

In extra-time, Suso drilled home for the Reds but Patrick Bamford's last-minute penalty forced a shootout.

Then came the real drama as the joint highest-scoring spot-kick contest in English professional football unfolded in front of a barely believing Kop.

Simon Mignolet saved Boro's first penalty from Bamford only for Raheem Sterling to miss Liverpool's fifth and send the shootout to sudden death.

Amazingly, the next 20 penalties were all scored as player after player from each side - including both goalkeepers - handled the pressure with aplomb, with several scoring twice.

But when Adomah pushed his kick wide, Liverpool could finally celebrate victory.

The 14-13 scoreline matched the outcome of a Football League Trophy shootout between Dagenham & Redbridge and Leyton Orient in August 2011.

Paying the penalty
The previous longest League Cup penalty shootout was 9-8 on three occasions - Arsenal v Rotherham in 2004, Man City beating Stoke in 1982 and Aston Villa beating Colchester in 1979
The longest in the FA Cup was Macclesfield beating Forest Green 11-10 in November 2001 in the first round
The record for the most successful consecutive kicks in English football is 29 when Brockenhurst beat Andover 15-14 in the Hampshire Senior Cup last year

The result will relieve Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, whose side have lost three of their first five league matches and face Everton in the Merseyside derby on Saturday.

Boro, in contrast, will be devastated to have come so close to recording their first win at Anfield since 1976 after more than matching the Reds over 120 minutes of a pulsating cup tie.

With captain Steven Gerrard rested, 17-year-old academy product Rossiter was given his debut at the base of the Reds midfield, and he only took 10 minutes to make his mark.

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Brockenhurst and Andover score record-breaking 29 consecutive penalties

After a long ball caused chaos in the Boro defence, debutant goalkeeper Jamal Blackman saved sharply from Rickie Lambert. But the ball fell kindly to Rossiter, who swept a low shot past Blackman's flailing legs before wheeling away in delight.

Boro scored a deserved equaliser on the hour after Mamadou Sakho was penalised for handling a cross.

Grant Leadbitter's free-kick from the right flank eluded the Liverpool defence and invited Reach to apply the headed finish from inside the six-yard box.

Follow the drama as it happened in our live text commentary.

Rodgers introduced Mario Balotelli for the ineffective Lambert, but still Boro threatened.

And with five minutes remaining, Lee Tomlin's superb reverse pass sent Clayton clear, but his strike cannoned off Mignolet's near post.

In extra-time, Blackman saved long-range strikes from Jose Enrique and Sterling before substitute Suso put the Reds in front with his first Liverpool goal.

Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher on Jordan Rossiter
"Not celebrated as passionately since Dudek saved that pen! Absolutely delighted for @jordan_rossiter and his family & friends watching."

Adam Lallana and Enrique linked up well down the left and when Balotelli's effort was only half cleared, the Spanish forward picked his spot from 12 yards.

But there was still time for another twist as Boro were awarded a penalty in the last-minute of extra-time.

After Sterling had given the ball away, Kolo Toure fouled Bamford, and the Boro substitute stepped up to beat Mignolet and take the tie to penalty kicks.

How BBC Radio 5 live commentator Conor McNamara described the finale
"The standard of penalties has been fantastic! Somebody somewhere will be working out what the record is for the most penalties in a shootout as here come Middlesbrough again - and it's wide! Albert Adomah has put wide and that ends a penalty shootout that went through 15 kicks each! Liverpool celebrate as Albert Adomah is immediately consoled by his team-mates. Such drama at Anfield, such brilliant, brilliant penalties to watch from both teams. Middlesbrough go home disappointed. Incredible! Brilliant to be here for that."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"These are the kind of games where you have to be very proud of your players, your group, your club, everything.

"I think we have shown everybody what kind of club Middlesbrough are. I don't have many words to explain my feelings right now.

"We have played against a Champions League team at Anfield and you know how difficult this is for us - and we have played face to face against them.

"Although we have lost, our players should enjoy this."

Albert Adomah misses
Adomah's miss brought a 19-minute shootout to an end
Liverpool have won the League Cup a record eight times
Liverpool have won the League Cup a record eight times
Suso celebrates with team-mates
Suso's goal in extra time was his first for Liverpool
Jordan Rossiter
Jordan Rossiter has been likened to captain Steven Gerrard
Adam Reach
Adam Reach scored a deserved equaliser for Middlesbrough

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 19Manquillo
  • 4K Touré
  • 17SakhoBooked at 61mins
  • 3Jose Enrique
  • 46RossiterSubstituted forWilliamsat 79'minutes
  • 21Lucas
  • 50MarkovicSubstituted forFernández Saezat 98'minutes
  • 31Sterling
  • 20Lallana
  • 9LambertSubstituted forBalotelliat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jones
  • 18Moreno
  • 29Borini
  • 30Fernández Saez
  • 37Skrtel
  • 45Balotelli
  • 49Williams

Middlesbrough

  • 46Blackman
  • 5Fredericks
  • 4Ayala
  • 22OmeruoBooked at 57mins
  • 3Friend
  • 27Adomah
  • 8Clayton
  • 7LeadbitterSubstituted forBamfordat 112'minutes
  • 20ReachBooked at 106mins
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forVossenat 112'minutes
  • 9KikeSubstituted forWildschutat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gibson
  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 17Husband
  • 21Vossen
  • 23Bamford
  • 24Nsue
  • 33Wildschut
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
41,857

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home72%
Away28%
Shots
Home18
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home14
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 2(14), Middlesbrough 2(13).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, Liverpool 2(14), Middlesbrough 2(13).

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(14), Middlesbrough 2(13). Suso (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(13), Middlesbrough 2(13). Adam Reach (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot is close, but misses to the right. Albert Adomah should be disappointed.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(13), Middlesbrough 2(12). Adam Lallana (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(12), Middlesbrough 2(12). Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(12), Middlesbrough 2(11). Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(11), Middlesbrough 2(11). Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(11), Middlesbrough 2(10). Mario Balotelli (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(10), Middlesbrough 2(10). Jamal Blackman (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(10), Middlesbrough 2(9). Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(9), Middlesbrough 2(9). Yanic Wildschut (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(9), Middlesbrough 2(8). José Enrique (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(8), Middlesbrough 2(8). Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(8), Middlesbrough 2(7). Javier Manquillo (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(7), Middlesbrough 2(7). Ryan Fredericks (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(7), Middlesbrough 2(6). Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(6), Middlesbrough 2(6). Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(6), Middlesbrough 2(5). Kolo Touré (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(5), Middlesbrough 2(5). George Friend (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(5), Middlesbrough 2(4). Jordan Williams (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(4), Middlesbrough 2(4). Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty saved! Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(4), Middlesbrough 2(3). Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(4), Middlesbrough 2(2). Suso (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(3), Middlesbrough 2(2). Adam Reach (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(3), Middlesbrough 2(1). Adam Lallana (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(2), Middlesbrough 2(1). Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(2), Middlesbrough 2. Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty saved! Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2(1), Middlesbrough 2. Mario Balotelli (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Liverpool 2, Middlesbrough 2.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Liverpool 2, Middlesbrough 2.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2, Middlesbrough 2. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Kolo Touré (Liverpool) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Middlesbrough. Patrick Bamford draws a foul in the penalty area.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Suso (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Javier Manquillo.

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