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Liverpool defeat Leicester, Spurs and Chelsea advance to semi-finals

Tottenham and Chelsea also played in the semi-finals on Wednesday, leaving Liverpool down from two goals to defeat Leicester with a penalty after the pulsating League Cup quarter-finals in Anfield ended 3-3.
The Spurs will beat West Ham 2-1 and face Chelsea in the final four games after needing two slow goals to see Brentford off 2-0. Liverpool will face Arsenal in the semi-finals on two legs in January.
Despite the worrisome increase in coronavirus cases, which was reduced by the call-off last weekend’s Premier League schedule, all three games went ahead of full capacity.
Leicester’s previous two fixtures were discontinued due to a combination of coronavirus outbreaks on the team and an increasing injured list.
However, Brendan Rodgers was able to name the almost full-strength side when he returned to Anfield, which appeared early on in the volatile Liverpool.
Jamie Vardy tilted his drive across Caoimhin Kelleher in the first 13 minutes and attacked twice when he tapped Patson Daka’s pass from close range. Jurgen Klopp made 10 changes from the 2-2 draw in Tottenham on Sunday, and Liverpool were also depleted in four positive Covid cases.
But when Alex Oxlade Chamberlain rushed home from the edge of the area, it was one of their more experienced starters who brought them back into the game.
Leicester regained a two-goal cushion before half-time, thanks to James Madison’s Piledriver from 30 yards past Kelleher.
Klopp introduced three first-team regulars in half-time, one of whom, Dio Gojotta, brought Liverpool back to life 22 minutes later.
Kasper Schmeichel had to make a stunning save to reject the Portuguese one second, but Takumi Minamino penalized him with a five-minute downtime, and Leicester couldn’t stand it.
Minamino then missed a chance to win Thailand from the shootout spot, but Kelleher saved Luke Thomas and Ryan Bertrand before Jota took the victory penalty.
-Belfwin Ends Goal Drought-Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has listed Harry Kane as a strong starting member and has shown his determination to end the club’s 13-year trophy drought as soon as possible.
However, in northern London, the other two of the three Spurs fronts were targeted.
Stephen Belfwin scored the first goal of the season after two clever one-on-two with Piemil Hoim Hoybjerg.
Tottenham’s lead lasted only three minutes when West Ham grabbed Eric Dier’s slack pass and Jarrod Bowen fired low past Hugo Lloris.
Two minutes later, Belfwin now produced Moura’s provider from close range to his home, resulting in a 2-1.
“In England, it’s very difficult to win something,” said Conte, who will face his old club in the last four games.
“It’s good for Tottenham to advance to the semi-finals of this tournament. You can see the names of these teams that have reached the semi-finals-Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal-with us-all sides have this trophy. I’m trying to lift it. “
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel made his debut with Academy prospects Harvey James Vale, Jude Soonsap Bell and Xavier Simons, with less than seven blues due to the Covid outbreak.
However, Tuhel emptied the bench in the second half with the introduction of N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Reece James and Giorginho.
And when Pontus Jansson turned James’s cross into an own goal, the extra quality made a difference.
Later, after Pulisic was defeated in the box, Giorginho imposed a penalty.

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/706775/Liverpool-beat-Leicester-as-Spurs-Chelsea-reach-se Liverpool defeat Leicester, Spurs and Chelsea advance to semi-finals

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