Do away goals count in the Carabao Cup? How Liverpool, Arsenal can reach the EFL Cup final
The 2021-22 edition of the Carabao Cup draws to a close when we learn of the second finalist to join Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on 27 February.
Liverpool travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal in the second leg of their semi-final series, a week after Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 on aggregate after two wins (2-0 and 1-0).
Arsenal somehow held on at Anfield Road in the first leg despite Granit Xhaka’s red card then with 10 men for 66 minutes.
Obviously there is a chance for both teams to return to a stalemate in Thursday’s second leg. Here’s what you need to know about how tiebreaks work in the Carabao Cup.
Do away goals count in the Carabao Cup semifinals?
To start: no, away goals do not count as tiebreaks in League Cup semifinals according to tournament rules.
That means if the aggregate score is even at the end of the second leg rules, no away goals tiebreak is applied. Teams will go to 30 minutes of extra time and a penalty shoot-out, if necessary.
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The EFL Cup actually used the away goals tiebreak for the two-legged draw until the 2018-19 competition, when it was canceled along with extra time for the one-game playoffs.
Rule 14.5 of the tournament statutes explains:
If the aggregate score is tied at the end of ninety minutes in any of: Semi-Final second leg; or in the Final Tie, an extra half hour will be played and if the aggregate score is still tied at the end of extra time, the winner of that Competition Match will be determined by a kick from the penalty spot according to the procedure as approved by IFAB.
How Liverpool, Arsenal Can Advance to Carabao Cup Final?
The formula is simple for both clubs to advance to the 2022 final: Win the second leg.
Arsenal will be playing at home, but some of the major absences in the squad will be level against a formidable Liverpool side who are second in the Premier League table. But the Reds will also be missing two of their most important players in Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt), who both served at AFCON.
Arsenal are on a mission to win their first Carabao Cup since 1993. It made the final on three occasions since, but fell at the last hurdle in each instance: 2007 (vs Chelsea), 2011 (vs Birmingham City) and 2018 (against Manchester City).
Liverpool stand alongside Manchester City with the most wins in this competition (eight), last winning it in 2012. The Reds also reached the final in 2016, but lost to Manchester City on penalties.
Arsenal vs Liverpool result: Double jota sends the Reds to Wembley for Carabao Cup final
Arsenal were heroic in the first leg, and started brilliantly in the second, coming back full strength 11 men and back at home.
Slowly it fell apart, as Liverpool’s tactical prowess and superior skill reclaimed power, and two goals from Arsenal thorn Diogo Jota sent the Reds to a 2-0 win and book a date with Chelsea at Wembley in the EFL Cup final.
The Gunners were brilliant early on and could have scored the opener when Alexandre Lacazette hit the bar with a free-kick, but Liverpool got the opener from nothing and the game began to slip out of the hands of Mikel Arteta.
Liverpool screwed up the game and eventually built the better team, and Jota scored his second in the 77th minute to put the game well and completely out of reach. It was a complete mess for Arsenal as the game went on, as substitute Thomas Partey – who left Cameroon just hours earlier – was sent off for two yellow cards in the space of three minutes, leaving Arteta dizzy with unnecessary selection.
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Arsenal vs. live scores Liverpool
1H 2H Final Ag.
Arsenal 0 0 0 0
Liverpool 1 1 2 2
19th minute – LIV – Diogo Jota
77th minute – LIV – Diogo Jota
(All Eastern time)
FULL TIME: Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool
In the end, a comprehensive display by Liverpool after Arsenal started to shine. It was a disappointing finish for Mikel Arteta, who led a promising first 20 minutes before slowly falling apart. For Jurgen Klopp, another tactical masterclass from Germany to overcome early adversity, replace Matip, get TAA going and finish the game.