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September 26, 2012 8:00 PM BST
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ N. Swarbrick‎
Attendance:‬ 21164‎
 

West Brom 1-2 Liverpool: Sahin at the double as Reds come from behind

The League Cup holders advanced to the fourth round with victory at the Hawthorns, as the on-loan Turkish midfielder grabbed the headlines with two superb goals

By Chris Teale

Capital One Cup, West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool
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Liverpool's defence of the League Cup got off to the perfect start thanks to a Nuri Sahin double in a 2-1 victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns.

The first half began with an error from both goalkeepers, as Brad Jones spilled a cross and allowed West Brom to take the lead through Gabriel Tamas before Ben Foster let a speculative Nuri Sahin shot squirm past him for the equaliser.

The second period was similarly frantic, and it took until the 82nd minute for the deadlock to be broken, as Sahin swept home his second to give the Reds the victory.

West Brom went with a strong side as they looked to continue their progress through the competition, with summer signing Markus Rosenberg given a full home debut.

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Meanwhile, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers named a youthful side, with young German Samed Yesil given the task of leading the line alongside Daniel Pacheco, and a raft of youngsters among the substitutes.

The game started badly for the away side, and they found themselves behind in just the third minute. A free kick came into the Liverpool box, and was spilled by goalkeeper Brad Jones directly into the path of Gabriel Tamas, who drove the ball home comfortably.

It could have been worse for the Reds just a couple of minutes later, as Romelu Lukaku wrestled his way through their defence, but his shot was deflected behind by Jamie Carragher.

The away side struggled to get out of their half for much of the opening exchanges, but then saw Yesil put a free header wide of Ben Foster’s post after a superb Oussama Assaidi cross from the left.

Liverpool were beginning to play with more confidence, and were rewarded for their enterprise in the 15th minute by another goalkeeping error, as Ben Foster allowed Nuri Sahin's long-range strike to squeeze past him for the equaliser.

The away side then began to take control of the game, and were by far the better team whilst not creating more goalscoring opportunities, with Assaidi in particular enjoying a great deal of freedom on the left.

However, neither side was able to create any further chances meaning the first half ended honours even.

The second period began frantically, with both sides having glorious chances as Stewart Downing missed a free header from a cross and Lukaku again wreaked havoc in the opening moments.

In the 49th minute, the Reds were almost gifted another goal, as Foster punched a vicious Yesil shot through his own legs and was fortunate to see it bounce over the bar.

However, the Baggies also had some good moments of their own early in the half, with Rosenberg forcing a good save from Jones with a shot from just outside the penalty area.

The game then descended into a similar pattern to that of the first half, with Liverpool enjoying more of the possession but with neither side able to create any clear chances, and struggling to move the ball beyond a congested midfield.

The Reds then had perhaps their best chance of the half in the 73rd minute, as Sebastian Coates flicked a dangerous free kick towards the goal, and was denied only by a reflex stop from Foster in the Baggies goal.

Liverpool then made history with the introduction of Jerome Sinclair, who became their youngest-ever first-team player at the age of 16 years and six days when he came on in the 80th minute.

Just two minutes later, the Reds were celebrating again, as after some superb passing and movement, Sahin was on hand to sweep the ball home and give the away side a 2-1 lead.

And, despite some nervy moments as West Brom pumped the ball long, the Merseysiders held on for the final few minutes to advance to the next round.


West Bromwich Albion

1
Ben Foster
Goalkeeper
1.50
28
Billy Jones
Midfielder
2.00
-
3.50
3
Jonas Olsson
Defender
3.50
6
Liam Ridgewell
Defender
21′
2.50
29
George Thorne
Midfielder
2.50
21
Youssouf Mulumbu
Midfielder
38′
3.50
17
Graham Dorrans
Midfielder
2.50
9
3.00
28
3.00
17
Romelu Lukaku
Striker
70′
4.00

Liverpool

2.50
1
Bradley Jones
Goalkeeper
3.50
47
3.50
23
3.50
49
Jack Robinson
Midfielder
3.00
19
2.00
14
4.50
18
Nuri Sahin
Midfielder
17′ 82′
2.00
19
3.00
12
4.00
24
3.00
36

Substitutes

19
Luke Daniels
Goalkeeper
 - 
23
 - 
25
3.00
5
Claudio Yacob
Midfielder
 - 
21
Shane Long
Striker
70′
2.50
11
 - 
38
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
42
Peter Gulacsi
Goalkeeper
 - 
35
Conor Coady
Defender
 - 
22
 - 
45
 - 
31
3.00
-
Suso
Midfielder
81′
 - 
-

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Negredo Negredo
Striker
Manchester City
6 0
Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko
Striker
Manchester City
6 0
Lee Tomlin Lee Tomlin
Striker
Middlesbrough
5 2
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
Striker
Man Utd.
4 1
Saido Berahino Saido Berahino
Striker
West Brom
4 1