Thursday, 27 September 2012

Carling Cup 2012: Sahin leads Liverpool to Round of 16

Defending champions-Liverpool came from a goal down to beat West Bromwich Albion in the Carling Cup. 

Albion went ahead through Gabriel Tamas but on loan Real Madrid midfielder Sahin leveled before half-time and struck the winner with eight minutes remaining. 

Rodgers made 11 changes from the side beaten at home by Manchester United on Sunday but his side were worthy winners after an uncertain start. Oussama Assaidi caused all sorts of problems down the left flank for Billy Jones and then Craig Dawson and set up Sahin's late decider. 

West Brom came close to doubling their lead when Lukaku cut in from the left but his shot was deflected wide by Jamie Carragher. Another goalkeeping error, this time by Ben Foster, led to Liverpool equalising after 17 minutes through Sahin. 

Sahin let fly with a speculative low 30-yard drive and Foster allowed the ball to slip under his body and into the net. 

Ridgewell limped out of the action after 22 minutes and was replaced by Craig Dawson. 

Liverpool dominated the early exchanges of the second period and Yesil's low shot hit the leg of Foster and somehow bounced up over the bar. 

Jerome Sinclair became Liverpool's youngest ever player at 16 years and six days when he was introduced as an 81st minute substitute, beating the record of Jack Robinson (16 years and 250 days). 

Then a minute later Sahin won it for the visitors when he found space at the far post to convert Assaidi's low cross. 

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