English football fans know that the Capital One Cup isn’t exactly the most exciting event in sports. Usually, this is the competition that the big clubs like Liverpool don’t take seriously, making for boring matches against lesser competition like Middlesbrough. But Tuesday’s encounter was anything but boring.
The match started off with plenty of drama before the spot kicks started, when the match ended 1-1 on 90 minutes. Middlesbrough drew level in the 62nd minute, through Reach, and held on to take the match to extra time.
That’s when we were dosed with our first burst of major excitement as Liverpool took the lead with a goal by Saez in the 109th. But once again Middlesbrough would fight back with a penalty in the very last minute of the match in the 120th.
That led to one of the most amazing encounters I’ve ever seen on the football pitch. 20, of the first 22 penalties were scored, forcing all 11 players for both teams to take a spot kick. Something I’d never personally seen before.
The match would require 7 more penalty takers before Albert Adomah walked to the spot for MIddlesbrough. He would miss his penalty, giving Liverpool the win in a match that saw 30 penalties taken. Very close to the all time record of 48.