Gerrard misses - and Liverpool win

A penalty miss from a Scouser called Gerrard handed Liverpool their first trophy in 6 years. The unfortunate spot-kick was put wide by Cardiff City’s Anthony Gerrard, cousin of the Liverpool captain, as the Premier League team eventually prevailed in a Carling Cup final shootout against their courageous Championship opponents.

Liverpool had most of the possession in the match but created few clear chances. Joe Mason’s cool finish gave Cardiff the lead in the 20th minute, and the Welsh side defended well until Martin Skrtl found an equaliser in the second half.

Most of the drama arrived in extra time. Liverpool appeared to have won the game with substitute Dirk Kuyt’s late strike, but Cardiff refused to give up and Ben Turner scrambled an equaliser in the dying minutes.

The shootout began and ended with misses from a Gerrard. The Liverpool captain Steven saw his kick saved but it turned out not to be costly. The England midfielder had consoling words for his cousin after the game.

"It was always going to be the case that one of us was going to be sad and one would be celebrating," he said. "I have mixed emotions at the moment. Obviously I'm delighted to have won a trophy for our supporters but I feel for Anthony and Cardiff. It doesn't matter what I say to him at this time. I have been there when I scored an own-goal against Chelsea. I will be here for him after the game and all the family will be behind him."

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