Liverpool 2 Manchester City 2 – Liverpool reach Carling Cup final
After a pulsating ninety minutes at Anfield, Liverpool have reached the final of the 2012 Carling Cup after beating Manchester City 3-2 on aggregate.
January 25th, 2012
It was a thrilling encounter between the two north-west rivals, with Kenny Dalglish’s side holding a 1-0 first leg advantage which meant that a 2-2 scoreline at the final whistle ensured the Reds would be playing Cardiff City in next month’s final.
Liverpool were dominant in the early stages, with City adopting a 3-5-2 formation which wasn’t particularly effective and it was something that Roberto Mancini changed at half-time.
By that stage, the scoreline on the night was 1-1, with Nigel de Jong bringing the tie level with a spectacular long range effort before Steven Gerrard put his team back in the driving seat with a penalty after Micah Richards was harshly adjudged to have handled in the area.
Sergio Aguero was brought on for the hapless Stefan Savic in the second half, although it was Edin Dzeko who provided the vital touch on Kolarov’s cross to put City in the ascendancy.
However, Craig Bellamy burst through moments later and the Welshman fired past the excellent Joe Hart to book Liverpool’s place in the Carling Cup final.
Hart has previously pulled off a series of saves with the scoreline at 1-1 and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.