Arsenal kept Liverpool in a fighting goalless draw despite Granita Xhaka’s early red card in the first match of their Carabao Cup semifinals.
With a tie seven days after his original date, after a postponement from last week, Xhak managed to stay at Anfield for only 24 minutes before being ruled out for the last man’s ruthless challenge to Diogo Joto.
But thanks to Liverpool’s brilliant defensive speech and somewhat crushing performance, Arsenal will have a real spring seven days before the second match at the Emirates Stadium.
Xhaka Red Card “ridiculous challenge”
One long pass from Andy Robertson found Jota running, and as he tried to run into the box, he was caught by Xhaka’s high boot on his chest. It was reckless, and Oliver had no choice but to send him away.
Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports Football:
“Xhaka did what Xhaka did. He makes an absolutely ridiculous challenge when Jota still has so much to do.”
“The way he brought him out and the power he did. There’s no doubt it’s a red card.”
- Jurgen Klopp named as strong a party as possible, Roberto Firmino and Takumi Minamino came to attack the absent couple Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
- Mikel Arteta gave another start to Eddie Nketiah, while Cedric Soares played on the right defender. Martin Odegaard missed after a positive test on Covid.
A majority inside Anfield would expect an onslaught from the moment of Xhak’s release. But without Mo Salah and Sadio Manea, there was a worrying lack of cuts in the Liverpool attacks. There were few opportunities and Aaron Ramsdale was rarely tested at Arsenal’s goal. Takumi Minamino and Roberto Firmino tried to have a big impact on their place.
One of the few clear chances for the red card probably fell for Arsenal in the 72nd minute, when Alexandre Lacazette and Kieran Tierney combined before Kieran Tierney found Bukayo Sak in the penalty area, but Alisson’s quick thinking refused him – as he ran his line to prevent him. in conversion.
In the 90th minute, Liverpool had time to grab the victory, but Minamino somehow conspired and flew over the pole and to Kop with a goal at the mercy.
Match Man: Ben White
“There are so many fights in this team and it turned out today,” White said Sky Sports. “We dug deep and got the result we needed.
“The boys did well today. It’s pretty hard to come here with 11 men, it’s not good to have one out right away, but it was a great performance. We believed we came here and put everything into it.” next match. “
Carabao Cup Schedule
- The second match will take place at Emirates Stadium next Thursday, January 20. Live Sky Sports Football from 7 p.m.; excavation at 19:45.
- The winners of this tie will face Chelsea in the final at Wembley on Sunday, February 27
What’s next for Liverpool and Arsenal?
Before next week’s second game, both sides are back in Premier League action on Sunday. Liverpool host Brentford at 14:00, while Arsenal heads to Tottenham for a huge North London derby, live Sky Sports Premier League from 4 pm; Excavation at 4:30 p.m.