21 Jan 2022 | 11:57
After a 0-0 draw at home, Liverpool defeated Arsenal with a score of 2-0 in the semi-final second leg of the League Cup at dawn on January 21 (Hanoi time).
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are absent, but Liverpool still have Diogo Jota. The Portuguese striker scored both goals to help “The Kop” overcome Arsenal at the Emirates, thereby facing the opportunity to win the League Cup after 10 years. The opponent of coach Jurgen Klopp’s teachers and students in the final on February 27 is Chelsea.
Unlike the first leg at Anfield, Arsenal had enough numbers and home field advantage, so they actively pushed the squad to pressurize right after the opening whistle. The confidence of the “Gunners” made the away team play defensively in the first few minutes.
After a short period of time, Liverpool had a warning to the home defense after 13 minutes. After Fabinho’s header, Joel Matip shot Aaron Ramsdale from close range. However, the goal was disallowed because the Cameroon midfielder was offside.
Fans of “The Kop” do not have to regret for a long time. Just 6 minutes after Matip was stripped of the goal, Diogo Jota shone with a solo from the left wing into the center. He edged past both Takehiro Tomiyasu and Ben White, before finishing fooling the Ramsdale keeper to put Liverpool ahead.
Jota scored his 13th goal in all competitions this season. He has 4 goals in 4 times against Arsenal, 3 of which were made against the London club at the Emirates Stadium.
After having the advantage, Liverpool showed impressive ball control. Arsenal’s young stars played hard, but did not create any significant opportunities. Coach Klopp’s teachers and students entered the break with a one-goal advantage. Arsenal’s task becomes more difficult than ever because according to Opta , “The Kop” has not lost in the last 39 matches in the position of the team leading after the first half (36 wins, 3 draws).
Entering the second half, Liverpool carved a lot into Tomiyasu’s position. The Japanese defender is not in good shape, so he is constantly overtaken by the stars on the away team. In the 51st minute, Jota broke through and stretched to Kaide Gordon. This young star hits the bar from just a few meters away.
Ibrahima Konate, the player who was kicked into the field by coach Klopp at the beginning of the second half, also left an impression in the 59th minute. The header of No. 5 defeated the entire red-and-white defense, but the ball found its way to the column.
The pace of the game was pushed up in the second half of the second half. Arsenal had no choice but to push up, while Liverpool organized a methodical interception and looked for opportunities from situations where the state was full of speed. After 73 minutes, Arsenal had the first stoppage in the second half. Gabriel Martinelli’s effort to finish from a narrow angle could not win the focus of goalkeeper Kelleher.
The high formation made Arsenal reveal many gaps in the defense. 79 minutes, Jota continued to overtake Ben White and then hit Ramsdale for the second time. Initially, the referee refused to recognize the goal because he thought the Portuguese player was offside. However, VAR came in and produced the opposite result.
The second goal made the homeowner unable to get up. In the last minutes, Arsenal had to play with 10 people again when Thomas Partey received 2 consecutive yellow cards in the 87th and 90th minutes. The match at the Emirates Stadium ended with a 2-0 victory for Liverpool. The away team won tickets to the final with 2 shots on target, both belonging to Jota.