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Liverpool beat Arsenal to reach League Cup final… clash with chelsea

Liverpool players rejoice over Jota’s second goal (middle front row)

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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Choi Song-ah = England’s professional football club Liverpool beat Arsenal to advance to the League Cup (Carabao Cup) final.

Liverpool defeated Arsenal 2-0 in the second leg of the 2021-2022 Carabao Cup semi-final match held at the Emirates Stadium in London, England on the 21st (Korean time) thanks to Diogu Jota’s performance in charge of both goals.

Liverpool, who drew 0-0 in the first leg at Anfield on the 14th, won 2-0 on aggregate and advanced to the League Cup final for the first time in six years since the 2015-2016 season.

Liverpool, who lost runners-up in the final against Manchester City (Man City) six years ago after a penalty shootout, are challenging for their ninth League Cup title in 10 years since the 2011-2012 season.

Liverpool and Manchester City have won the League Cup eight times each, forming the tie for the most wins.

Liverpool, who defeated Tottenham 3-0 on aggregate in the first and second legs, will fight for the title with Chelsea, who reached the final, on the 28th of next month at Wembley Stadium in London. Chelsea are aiming for the first time in seven years since the 2014-2015 season and their sixth career title.

Jota's second goal scene
Jota’s second goal scene

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The semifinal match between Liverpool and Arsenal was originally scheduled for the 7th and 14th of this month, but was postponed due to the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in Liverpool.

Liverpool, who realized the absence of Muhammad Salah (Egypt) and Sadio Mane (Senegal), who played in the Africa Cup of Nations against Arsenal, who were sent off in the first leg, without a goal, laughed with Jota’s performance on this day.

After receiving a pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 19th minute of the first half, Jota rushed past the defense and opened the goal first with a right-footed shot from the penalty arc.

In the 32nd minute of the second half, a long pass by Alexander-Arnold was caught by Jota into the penalty area and exquisitely trapped with his chest, and then a shot that escaped the goalkeeper shook the net and Liverpool took the victory.

Arsenal, unable to counterattack, suffered a devastating defeat in the 45th minute of the second half, with midfielder Thomas Fati being sent off due to accumulated warnings.

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