After a 2-2 draw, Liverpool prevailed 14-13 agaiinst Middlesbrough in an extraordinary contest in which several players scored twice | September 23, 2014

Liverpool players celebrate after finally securing their passage into the last-16 of the Capital One

Liverpool players celebrate after finally securing their passage into the last-16 of the Capital One

•Liverpool defeated Middlesbrough 14-13 on penalties in the third round of the Capital One Cup

•Teenager Jordan Rossiter opened the scoring on his debut for the Reds

•Adam Reach equalised for the visitors with a header from a Grant Leadbitter set piece

•The game was forced into extra-time with both teams level at 1-1 after 90 minutes

•Suso appeared to have won it by scoring his first ever goal for the Reds in extra-time

•Kolo Toure’s late rash challenge led to Patrick Bamford equalising from the spot in the dying minutes

•After a penalty marathon Albert Adomah eventually missed for Boro to send Reds through 14-13

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praised his young players’ composure as the Reds beat Middlesbrough in the longest ever League Cup penalty shootout.

“Our players showed great resilience to keep going,” said Rodgers.

“And at the end, when it was needed they showed wonderful composure, with some of our young players stepping up to take the penalties.”

The shootout featured 20 successful penalties in a row and equalled the English record 14-13 scoreline set in the Football League Trophy in August 2011 when Dagenham & Redbridge beat Leyton Orient.

“It’s a relief to get through,” added Rodgers. “We are disappointed with the goals we conceded. We are making too many mistakes at the moment.

But what this team has is character and we needed that tonight.

“We were practising penalties last night. We are humble enough as a group to think we would maybe go to penalties because Middlesbrough are a good side and are doing very well, so everyone practised.”

The match was a triumph for Liverpool’s young players, with 17-year-old midfielder Jordan Rossiter scoring the opening goal on his debut and 18-year-old Jordan Williams finding the net in the shootout on his first appearance.

Menzi Kulati



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