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26 Oct 2016 09:31pm, by Shields53

After their dramatic penalty shootout victory against Norwich on Tuesday night Leeds United will face eight time winners and last seasons beaten finalists Liverpool at Anfield in the quarter finals of the EFL Cup. It’s been a while since the two teams have competed on an even keel in the League. I doubt many Free Super Tips would be tipping Leeds for the win this time round. But it was a close run thing last time the teams met.

In fact the teams last met in the same competition back in 2009 when Liverpool narrowly won one nil at Elland Road. That day a disallowed goal from Jermaine Beckford and a clinical finish from David Ngog saw Liverpool progress to the fourth round. The two teams have a great history against each other though and have competed in some thrilling games. Here are two great Leeds United goals that Liverpool fans would probably rather forget;

Tony Yeboah, 21st Ausust 1995
Leeds United 1, Liverpool 0

Tony Yeboah had scored thirteen goals in his first season at Leeds but he started the 1995/1996 season on fire. He scored two goals in the first game of the season against West Ham, the second of those strikes nearly breaking the roof of the net. But it was the game against Liverpool that launched him into the spotlight. From thirty yards out, first time volley, boom. I'm not sure David James and Dominic Matteo even saw it until it had flown over them into the back of the net.

Mark Viduka, 4th November 2000
Leeds United 4, Liverpool 3

Leeds found themseleves two nil down after 18 minutes against Liverpool but Mark Viduka struck back leveling the scores with goals before and after the break only for Liverpool to take the lead again on the hour. It was then that Mark Viduka latched onto a pass from Dacourt, twisted and turned past two defenders before slotting the ball into the net for his hat-trick. He went on to complete the victory with his fourth a minute later but for me the pick of his goals that day was the hat-tick goal.

Leeds will face eight time winners and last seasons beaten finalists Liverpool away at Anfield in the quarter finals of this seasons EFL Cup. Game is to be played week commencing 28th November.

26 Oct 2016 09:11pm, by Shields53

Tuesday at Elland Road was the kind of night football is made for. Drama, excitement and theatre the game had it all. What’s more Leeds United are through to the quarter finals of the EFL Cup, the lowest team in the last eight for the first time in their history. You’d have got great odds in the football betting on us being in a quarter final of a cup at the start of the season.

More importantly though is the fact that in recent seasons that is a game we would have lost, we would have capitulated but not on this occasion. Ten changes from the previous game saw fans doubting Monks team selection ahead of the game. Doubts were fuelled further after a poor start and Norwich took the lead through Pritchard on the quarter of an hour mark.

But Leeds came back into it, first Kyle Bartley had one ruled out for a handball before Leeds levelled things just before half time through Antonsson after some good work from Doukara. A goalless second half lead to the drama of extra time, an even more nervous half an hour for Leeds as they were down to ten men. Lewie Coyle having left the pitch injured at the end of regular time with all three substitutions made.

Again Norwich took the lead this time through Castro Oliveira but substitute Chria Wood continued his good goal scoring form by levelling things up taking the match into a penalty shootout. Garry Monk didn’t watch the penalty shootout but Marco Silvestri certainly did. His shot stopping has never been in question but he pulled off three superb saves against Alex Pritchard, Steven Naismith and Robbie Brady before Ronaldo Vieira tucked home the final penalty to put Leeds through.

For those of you who love statistics Silvestri becomes the first keeper in the clubs history to save three penalties in a shootout. It was somewhat fitting that a goalkeeper was the star of the show on a night when Elland Road celebrated the life of Gary Sprake who passed away last week. It is also the first time ever Leeds have won back to back penalty shootouts.

Leeds will face eight time winners and last seasons beaten finalists Liverpool away at Anfield in the quarter finals. Games to be played week commencing 28th November.