Wednesday January 11, 2012 Semifinal Finished Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 0 - 1 Liverpool

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  1. Gerrard strikes as Liverpool snuff out City

    Gerrard strikes as Liverpool snuff out City

    Steven Gerrard scored an early penalty before Liverpool shut up shop in a 1-0 win at Man City in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • Liverpool
    • 90+3' Strong two-footed challenge by Johnson on Lescott. No booking before the whistle goes. On another day - like Kompany on Sunday - could have been a red card. Liverpool complete a 1-0 win before the return leg at Anfield on January 25. Thanks for joining us tonight.
    • 89' Three minutes to be added.
    • 88' Aguero nods over the bar from inside the area. Glorious chance as Liverpool went to sleep. Lovely ball into the middle by Nasri.
    • 87' "You'll Never Walk Alone" is the cry from the visiting fans. A big difference from the 3-0 defeat they suffered here in the Premier League recently.
    • 86' Clichy's cross deflects into the arms of Reina. Liverpool counting down the seconds. Looks like they are going to get what they have come for tonight.
    • 85' Milenr picks out Clichy. Liverpool fans continue to be heard as City fans slowly head for the exit doors.
    • 84' Mancini not too happy with the decision of the official as Liverpool lump the ball down the park.
    • 83' Carragher and Nasri involved in a spot of bother here. Nasri is going to be booked, and Carragher is also booked.
    • 82' Nasri just misses the jump of Dzeko. Milner screws a tame shot wide of goal seconds later. More frustration for City.
    • 81' Looked like Kolarov was going to be booked for throwing the ball away, but no bookings so far. Liverpool camped in their own half.
    • 80' Bellamy departs to be replaced by Jamie Carragher for Liverpool, who are now content to take what they have from this one.
    • 79' Barry almost in for City from Nasri's cross, but Reina does just enough to quell the threat. Fouled by Barry seconds later.
    • 78' Richards coming over the top of Carroll like a rugby player. Liverpool with only 35% of possession in the second period, and no attempts at goal but that has suited their style of play this evening.
    • 77' Kolarov accepts the pass from Richards. Decides to go for goal, but succeeds only in walloping the shot over the bar from 30 yards.
    • 76' Kolarov takes up position out wide on the Liverpool left, but poor stuff really as he pops the cross straight into the arms of Reina.
    • 75' Aguero deemed to have pushed Skrtel as Liverpool are awarded another free-kick in their own half.
    • 74' Liverpool have been content to soak up the pressure in the soaking wet conditions, and they are only 15 minutes short of a notable win in this match.
    • 73' Enrique shoves Clichy to the deck. Free-kick for City out wide, but Kolarov puts far too much energy on the free-kick as it beats everybody before ending up out of the park.
    • 72' Gerrard misplaces a pass and that will give City the chance to wheel on Aleksandar Kolarov for Nigel de Jong.
    • 71' Nasri shuffles beyond Johnson, but the finish is not up to the mark as he crashes a shot miles over the Liverpool bar. And on we go. Liverpool clinging to this 1-0 lead.
    • 70' Clichy finding some pockets of space out wide, but the delivery has to be better than it has been so far. Too many times, the crossing has not been good enough.
    • 69' Aguero trying to dance beyond several home players, but Johnson timed his tackle to perfection to make a superb challenge. Had to time that right inside his own box.
    • 68' The Liverpool fans begin sing again in the rain as Clichy whips a cross across the face of goal, but it fizzes off the surface and out of play on the other side.
    • 67' Adam Johnson given the hook as Edin Dzeko is introduced to the action for the home side.
    • 66' A fine piece of play by Aguero to turn and wrong foot three Liverpool defenders. Got the shot in from 22 yards, but Reina dived to make the save with some ease. Better from Aguero.
    • 65' A cool piece of play by Johnson to chest the ball back to Reina. Only Aguero in the area for City, who do not like they are destined to find a leveller at the moment.
    • 64' Johnson is crowded out by this wall of red shirts, who continue to close down space like there is no tomorrow.
    • 63' Adam Johnson showing his frustration as he chops Enrique to the ground. Could easily have been a booking there.
    • 62' Aguero caught offside while Liverpool try to work out who is going to play where after that substitution.
    • 61' Downing trots off to be replaced by Jose Enrique.
    • 60' Super save by Reina! Richards heads at goal from Nasri's corner, but the Liverpool keeper throws out the right hand to halt the ball.
    • 59' Agger knocks the ball behind from Barry's run and cross. Another corner then for City.
    • 58' Looks like Downing is going to make way for Jose Enrique by the looks of things. Liverpool certainly know what they are about this evening.
    • 57' Almost a huge blunder by Kelly. Passes the ball straight to Aguero, but Reina stands tall to foil the little Argentine front man. He clips over the bar under pressure, and Liverpool survive.
    • 56' Great run up the park by Henderson. Move breaks down on the edge of the City area. City survive that moment as the cross is cut out.
    • 55' Milner whips in the corner, but it is all a bit aimless as Reina comes to collect.
    • 54' Adam Johnson picks out Aguero, but Skrtel races back to make the challenge and concede a corner.
    • 53' Liverpool player continue to be touch tight in their marking. City finding it so difficult without the influence of Silva to make an impact.
    • 52' All you can hear are the Liverpool fans at the moment. They are in full voice out there. Nasri given offside.
    • 51' Adam picks the pocket of Nasri out wide. Strong play and clever play by Adam in this rain. It is all going Liverpool's way so far.
    • 50' Nasri on the edge of the area. Tries to pick out Milner, but Johnson is there to mop up for the visitors.
    • 49' City boss Mancini well wrapped up on the touchline. Trying to encourage his side to find some magic that can unlock this resolute Liverpool back line.
    • 48' So City certainly looking a lot more vibrant in the early moments of this half. Liverpool continue to look very organised at the back though.
    • 47' City win their second corner early in the second period. Milner with the delivery. Richards tries to get there, but fails as Liverpool clear.
    • 46' We are off and running in this second period. Can City find a way back into this one? Let us find out.
    • 45+3' Let me know what you think of those opening 45 minutes. Can Manchester City hit back? Are Liverpool bound for the final? Get in touch on Twitter...
    • 45+3' Adam Johnson curls the free-kick over the bar, and that is that then for the first half. Liverpool lead 1-0. City have been pretty wretched in this first period, it must be said.
    • 45+2' Gerrard fouls Adam Johnson, and the home team have a free-kick 22 yards out. Last chance of the half then falls to City.
    • 45+1' We are into three minutes of time added on..
    • 44' Richards darts to the byline. The cutback finds Milner, but he thrashes the shot miles over the bar. City's best move of the match so far. A few groans around the ground.
    • 43' Nasri decides to let fly from 25 yards out. Ball bounces in front of the Liverpool keeper Reina, who watches the shot like a hawk to make the save.
    • 42' Aguero wins the ball from Skrtel, but Gerrard dashes back to make a timely tackle. And on we go towards the break.
    • 41' This first half won't feature in a classic compilation of City's best moments of the season. Liverpool continue to push and probe, and are really upsetting the home team's rythmn.
    • 40' Nasri is wheeled on to take over from Balotelli. Not sure if he is injured or not, but he has headed straight up the tunnel. Not exactly a memorable 40 minutes for him.
    • 39' Gerrard catches Milner with a late tackle, but his delivery is poor a minute later as it flies out of play.
    • 38' City having so little of the ball in the first period. Adam opting to go back to Reina with a long pass.
    • 37' Balotelli just lets the ball evade him as it trickles under his feet. Not his night so far, but that could all change.
    • 36' Carroll dives to head narrowly wide of the goal from Kelly's cross. Was a bit far out, but at least the £35 million man is showing some appetite.
    • 35' Richards comes through Glen Johnson with a sliding tackle, and Liverpool have some more respite. City really toiling to cut through this Liverpool rearguard.
    • 34' Adam taken down seconds later by Milner. Not much in that, but Liverpool get the decision. Liverpool collect it again.
    • 33' Kelly does enough to hold off the challenge by Savic in heading out the free-kick from Johnson.
    • 32' Glen Johnson is late on Adam Johnson, and City will have a free-kick opportunity out wide.
    • 31' City have qualified for the semi-finals for the second time in three seasons, and the seventh time in their history - they have won three and lost three of the previous six.
    • 30' Balotelli goes for goal. Hammers the shot in from 30 yards. Takes out Adam, but the ball spins away. The wall does their job and Liverpool survive that scary moment.
    • 29' Milner having to pull Balotelli away after he is taken out late by Adam. Mario not happy with that one.
    • 28' Johnson is back for Liverpool to head out the cross from Clichy. City can't get momentum into their play at the moment which suits the visitors.
    • 27' Drizzle starts to come down on the pitch. It is a bit heavier now. Chance for a few sliding tackles. Not the worse weather for a cup tie.
    • 26' Liverpool certainly the more composed side of the two at the moment. Carroll trying to get himself into the action as Richards is fouled by Henderson deep in the home half.
    • 25' Richards takes no chances as he knocks the ball out of play with Downing in close proximity.
    • 24' Aguero tries to get a move going for the home team, but that move flickers out as Reina collects for Liverpool.
    • 23' So Charlie Adam is wheeled on for Liverpool. Not a bad change to make at any stage of a match.
    • 22' Spearing off for the visiting team, Charlie Adam on.
    • 21' Spearing is on the deck. Looks like a hamstring injury. He is going to be coming off. All over for him this evening.
    • 20' Downing tries to bring the ball up the park for Liverpool before opting to go backwards. Liverpool keeping it well. All very patient.
    • 19' Liverpool already with four shots at target on goal compared to a big fat zero from City. The home team need to get their shooting boots on.
    • 18' Balotelli on the move for City, but he loses it seconds later. Balotelli certainly throwing himself about, but Liverpool are going about their work with real purpose so far.
    • 17' Three out of the last four games between the sides have ended 3-0 to the home side. That can't happen tonight as Hart whips a goalkick down the pitch.
    • 16' Reina does enough to fist the ball away from Balotelli before Aguero blasts a volley high into the stands. Goalkick to the visiting side.
    • 15' This is an impressive start by Liverpool. They really mean business. Little wonder Kenny Dalglish is flashing that trademark grin of his at the moment.
    • 14' Gerrard thumps another shot in from 25 yards. City do enough to get a body in front of the shot as the ball loops back to Hart in the home goal.
    • 13' GOAL! Gerrard slams the penalty low to the keeper's right. Hart guessed right, but the power and precision was sublime. Liverpool lead 1-0.
    • 12' PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL! No doubt about that as Savic brings down Agger with a late challenge. Gerrard to take the penalty..
    • 11' Another sublime stop by Hart to keep out the deflected shot by Downing. The keeper was going the wrong way but changed direction at the last minute. Liverpool well on top.
    • 10' Lovely swerving shot at goal by Gerrard from distance, but that is a fine diving save to tip the shot past a post.
    • 9' Johnson on the run. He tries to go beyond Adam Johnson, who makes a fine intervention. Liverpool with bags of possession.
    • 8' De Jong goes long with the pass, but Skrtel is there to nod the ball back to Reina in the visiting goal.
    • 7' Bit of better play by Savic to pick up the ball after he was caught out as Carroll bounded clear. City keep possession at the halfway line.
    • 6' This pair have met three times before in the League Cup. City beat Liverpool 3-2 in the third round on their way to winning the cup in 1970. They lost 2-1 on aggregate in the semi-final of the 1980-81 season, with eventual winners Liverpool taking the first leg 1-0 at Maine Road. And in the 1995-96 season, Liverpool hammered City 4-0 in the third round.
    • 5' Richards is too quick for Downing, but the final ball is not good as Liverpool bring it out. Bellamy has it for the visitors.
    • 4' Superb save by Hart as he races from his line to block the shot by Carroll. Golden chance for the visitors, but City survive that scare.
    • 3' Barry back to whack the ball away seconds later. Liverpool certainly starting brightly in these opening minutes.
    • 2' Gerrard dinks a ball down the park looking for Carroll, but Lescott is there to make the clearance.
    • 1' We are off and running in this one.
    • 19.42 Lights out at the Etihad Stadium with a Blue Moon rising in the stadium. What an atmosphere. This should be an epic contest.
    • 19.40 Teams in the tunnel, and we are almost ready to go. Should be a classic contest.
    • 19.35 This is the 164th meeting between the two clubs. Liverpool have won 80 times, Manchester City 42 and there have been 41 draws.
    • 19.30 Betting odds for this evening: Man City 10/11, Draw 5/2, Liverpool 3/1
    • 19.25 Kenny Dalglish: "We lost 3-0 (against City) and so we will look at it but I don't think it will be a reflection on the next two games coming up. We know what we have to do better and we will be better. We will get at them right from the off and I still feel we can cause them a lot of problems. They are going to be two massive games and I don't see any reason why we can't make the final. It's a two-legged match and we have to make sure we are still in the tie. We have the second leg at Anfield."
    • 19.20 Roberto Mancini on the missing Luis Suarez: "I think that sometimes a situation like this can happen on the pitch. It is important to apologise for what he did. Sometimes on the pitch you can do something that you don't want to do. You are nervous. You don't think on the pitch. I don't think Suarez is a racist. He made a mistake? Probably, yes. Everyone can do a mistake sometimes."
    • 19.15 Manchester City are also without Vincent Kompany after an appeal for his red card against Manchester United was dismissed. City are stretched with defender Kolo Toure and midfielder Yaya Toure on international duty, but Mario Balotelli starts with midfielder Gareth Barry back from suspension.
    • 19.10 David Silva misses out for Manchester City due to a ankle injury, but Steven Gerrard and Craig Bellamy both start the match for Liverpool.
    • 19.05 TEAMS: Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Savic, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, de Jong, A Johnson, Milner, Balotelli, Aguero..subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Onuoha, Hargreaves, Nasri, Dzeko////Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Kelly, Downing, Henderson, Gerrard, Spearing, Bellamy, Carroll..subs: Doni, Enrique, Coates, Kuyt, Carragher, Adam, Shelvey.
    • 19.00 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Carling Cup semi-final first leg between Manchester City and Liverpool from the Etihad Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 88' Aguero nods over the bar from inside the area. Glorious chance as Liverpool went to sleep. Lovely ball into the middle by Nasri.
    • 66' A fine piece of play by Aguero to turn and wrong foot three Liverpool defenders. Got the shot in from 22 yards, but Reina dived to make the save with some ease. Better from Aguero.
    • 60' Super save by Reina! Richards heads at goal from Nasri's corner, but the Liverpool keeper throws out the right hand to halt the ball.
    • 57' Almost a huge blunder by Kelly. Passes the ball straight to Aguero, but Reina stands tall to foil the little Argentine front man. He clips over the bar under pressure, and Liverpool survive.
    • 44' Richards darts to the byline. The cutback finds Milner, but he thrashes the shot miles over the bar. City's best move of the match so far. A few groans around the ground.
    • 43' Nasri decides to let fly from 25 yards out. Ball bounces in front of the Liverpool keeper Reina, who watches the shot like a hawk to make the save.
    • 13' GOAL! Gerrard slams the penalty low to the keeper's right. Hart guessed right, but the power and precision was sublime. Liverpool lead 1-0.
    • 12' PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL! No doubt about that as Savic brings down Agger with a late challenge. Gerrard to take the penalty..
    • 11' Another sublime stop by Hart to keep out the deflected shot by Downing. The keeper was going the wrong way but changed direction at the last minute. Liverpool well on top.
    • 10' Lovely swerving shot at goal by Gerrard from distance, but that is a fine diving save to tip the shot past a post.
    • 4' Superb save by Hart as he races from his line to block the shot by Carroll. Golden chance for the visitors, but City survive that scare.
    • 19.05 TEAMS: Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Savic, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, de Jong, A Johnson, Milner, Balotelli, Aguero..subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Onuoha, Hargreaves, Nasri, Dzeko////Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Kelly, Downing, Henderson, Gerrard, Spearing, Bellamy, Carroll..subs: Doni, Enrique, Coates, Kuyt, Carragher, Adam, Shelvey.

Team Line-up & Ratings

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      Midfielders
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      Substitution Out72′ 4.4 -
      Substitution Out66′ 5.1 -
      4.9 -
      Strikers
      Substitution Out39′ 4.9 -
      6.2 -
      Subs
      Substitution In39′ Yellow Card 5.3 -
      Substitution In72′ 3.8 -
      Substitution In66′ 5.1 -
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      Midfielders
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      Substitution Out23′ 6.9 -
      Substitution Out80′ 7.4 -
      Goal 8.6 -
      Substitution Out60′ 7.6 -
      Strikers
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      Subs
      Substitution In80′ Yellow Card 7.1 -
      Substitution In60′ 7.5 -
      Substitution In23′ 6.9 -

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