Liverpool vs Leicester City – Football match report – December 22, 2021

Liverpool beat Leicester City 5-4 on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup after a thrilling 3-3 draw in regular time.

Diogo Jota hit the decisive kick in the penalty shootout then over the Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel when the Red Devils continue the competition where they will face Arsenal in the two-legged semi-final.

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The game changed to punishment after Takumi MinaminoThe final spectacular goal in stoppage time equalized the ratio at three goals each in an instant classic at Anfield.

“I’m really, really happy. Really happy with the performance, with the spirit, with the mentality, in so many moments with football,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Jamie Vardy scored in a row to give the Foxes a two-goal lead in the 13th minute before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled back a goal after 20 minutes for the home team.

James Maddison restored Leicester’s advantage in the 33rd minute with a terrifying shot from outside that sent the keeper on the left Caoimhin Kelleher disappearing.

Jota gave Liverpool some life in the 68th minute with a goal ahead of The Kop, but it was Minamino’s goal in the weak seconds that sent the game to the penalty spot.

Minamino then passed up an opportunity to put Liverpool through in the ensuing penalty shootout as he worked his way past the crossbar. But Kelleher then saved Ryan BertrandHis attempt, his second in the shootout, before Jota converted.

With Liverpool facing Arsenal at one end of the group, it will be Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur in another. The first leg will take place the week of January 3, and the second a week later.

Klopp added that he is pleased to give up home advantage to see Liverpool not have to play two semi-finals in the first two weeks of 2022 due to the absence of a winter break and a dense festive program that lengthens the squad.

“The draw got us at Arsenal, I’m fine with that, we play there and see who is better and go for it,” Klopp said. “I’m not just talking about player welfare this year, I’ve been talking about it for six years or maybe longer.

“If the things I say would help more, I would say it more often. But it doesn’t help. The only thing I do with these messages is I make headlines. They never do. to the right place.”

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