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Is VAR being used in the Carabao Cup tonight?

VAR is also used in the Carabao Cup from the semi-finals onwards

Jamie Braidwood
Wednesday 20 December 2023 19:59 GMT
VAR in use during the 2022 Carabao Cup final
VAR in use during the 2022 Carabao Cup final (Getty Images)

Tonight’s Carabao Cup quarter-finals will be played without VAR, which is only used from the semi-finals onwards in the competition.

The VAR system is not used in the earlier rounds of the Carabao Cup as not all sides in the competition have access to the technology.

The rule remains in place until the semi-finals, where the English Football League will provide VAR to a lower-league club if required.

Chelsea knocked out Newcastle on penalties on Tuesday night as the Carabao Cup quarter-finals began, while Everton had the chance to do the same to Fulham - only for Amadou Onana to miss and the Cottagers to progress instead. Middlesbrough are the last non-Premier League side in the draw, after they beat Port Vale.

This evening, Wednesday, Liverpool take on West Ham at Anfield in the last of the quarter-final ties.

The draw for the semi-finals will take place at the conclusion of Liverpool vs West Ham. The last-four stage of the Carabao Cup will played across two legs in January, in the weeks commencing the 8th and 21st.

Tonight’s tie will also go straight to penalties should they finish as a draw after 90 minutes, with extra-time only coming into play from the semi-final stage of the competition.

Tottenham were knocked out on penalties by Fulham earlier in the tournament, after the second-round match finished as a 1-1 draw following 90 minutes at Craven Cottage.

Who is in the semi-final draw?




Liverpool or West Ham

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