Liverpool fought back against Leicester to win 5-4 on penalties and reach the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup in incredible fashion.
Second-choice goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher saved two penalties in the shoot-out as Liverpool, joint record winners in the competition with eight, reached their 18th League Cup semi.
Substitute Diogo Jota struck the winning spot-kick - having come off the bench to score - but the real hero was Takumi Minamino who made it 3-3 with seconds remaining of six added minutes.
Tottenham boosted hopes of ending a 14-year trophy drought by edging out West Ham 2-1 to make the last four.
Spurs’ last silverware came in this competition in 2008 and Steven Bergwijn combined with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to fire them ahead after 29 minutes.
Tottenham’s lead only lasted three minutes as Eric Dier’s poor clearance gave Nikola Vlasic possession in a dangerous area. Vlasic’s shot fell to Jarrod Bowen whose brilliant control and drag back gave him the space to beat Dier and equalise with a low shot. Parity lasted just two minutes, however, as Lucas Moura netted the decisive goal for Spurs from Bergwijn’s pull-back.
Chelsea scored twice late on to beat west London neighbours Brentford 2-0.
Bees defender Pontus Jansson put through his own goal 10 minutes from time to give Chelsea the lead. The Blues secured safe passage into their first semi-final in the competition for three years five minutes later. Christian Pulisic was brought down by Alvaro Fernandez and substitute Jorginho tucked away the penalty with ease.
Arsenal to face Liverpool as Chelsea play Tottenham in Carabao Cup semi-finals
Arsenal secured their place in the final four by thrashing League One side Sunderland 5-1 on Tuesday night, before Liverpool eliminated Leicester on penalties after fighting back in a 3-3 thriller on Wednesday evening.
Chelsea left it late to break down Brentford for a 2-0 away win, as Tottenham saw off London rivals West Ham 2-1.
The ties were set on Wednesday evening after a dramatic night of quarter-final action
Liverpool vs Leicester: Caoimhin Kelleher proves Liverpool’s shoot-out hero against Leicester
The visitors crumbled under the pressure exerted in the second half having twice cruised into a two-goal lead as Jamie Vardy scored his ninth and 10th goals in 14 appearances against the under-strength Reds.
Takumi Minamino made it 3-3 with seconds remaining of six added minutes.
Brentford vs Chelsea: Covid-hit Chelsea beat Brentford with two late goals to reach Carabao Cup semi-finals
With the Blues still ravaged by Covid-19, boss Thomas Tuchel handed debuts to academy prospects Harvey Vale, Jude Soonsup-Bell and Xavier Simons for their last-eight meeting with their west London neighbours.
But it was substitutes N’Golo Kante, Reece James, Mason Mount and Jorginho who turned the tie in Chelsea’s favour.
Brentford 0-2 Chelsea: A Jansson own goal and Jorginho penalty took Tuchel’s team through
Tottenham vs West Ham: Steven Bergwijn stars as Spurs beat West Ham to reach Carabao Cup semi-finals
The Netherlands forward broke the deadlock after 29 minutes and it was the catalyst for three goals in five minutes with Jarrod Bowen’s equaliser quickly countered by Lucas Moura putting Spurs 2-1 ahead which is how it finished.
Victory helps Tottenham take another step towards ending their trophy drought dating back to 2008 and made it five wins under their new boss.
Three goals in five first-half minutes settled the London derby.
Carabao Cup semi-final draw
Arsenal will play Liverpool, Chelsea face Tottenham.
Carabao Cup semi-finals
The Carabao Cup semi-finals will take place on the weeks of 3rd and 10th January. At the moment the semis will take place over two legs but there is talk of reducing it to one.
That hasn’t happened yet.
The final is at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 27th February.
Liverpool beat Leicester on penalties to reach Carabao Cup semi-finals
Just one of several key moments in a fantastic match between Liverpool and Leicester. Takumi Minamino scores in the 95th minute to send the tie into a penalty shootout.
Carabao Cup semi-final draw
What a good way to close out the quarter-finals. The semi-final draw is coming up soon and these are the clubs involved:
Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool.
Liverpool beat Leicester 5-4 in a penalty shootout to reach Carabao Cup semi-finals
Anfield erupts in celebration as Diogo Jota converts the decisive penalty. What a game that was. Leicester twice took the lead and had a two goal advantage going into the second half. Jurgen Klopp called on reinforcements and Jota got the Reds back into the game before Takumi Minamino scored in the 95th minute to send the match to penalties.
In the shootout Caoimhin Kelleher made two good saves and Jota ensured Liverpool are heading into the semi-finals.
Penalties: Liverpool 5 - 4 Leicester
Jota scores! Liverpool win! What a comeback from the Reds!
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