Despite Granit Xhaka’s early red card in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final, Liverpool fails to beat 10-Man Arsenal as the match ended in a goaless draw.
Xhaka lasted just 24 minutes at Anfield before being sent out for a reckless last-man challenge on Diogo Jota, with the match finally starting seven days after its initial date following last week’s postponement.
Arsenal will have a tremendous spring in their step ahead of the second leg at the Emirates Stadium in seven days, owing to a brilliant defensive display and a slightly uninspiring Liverpool effort.
Xhaka’s Tackle “A Ridiculous One”
Andy Robertson’s long pass found Jota on the run, and as he tried to race into the box, Xhaka caught him with a high boot to the chest. It was irresponsible, and Oliver had no choice but to dismiss him.
“Xhaka performed what he does best. When Jota still has so much to do, he proposes a crazy challenge.”
The manner in which he has taken him out and the power with which he has done so. It’s without a doubt a red card.”
Xhaka has a history of receiving red cards, costing Arsenal goals, and making life difficult for his teammates. For a strong challenge on Jota, who would have had a free run on goal, the referee gave him a straight red card.As a result, Xhaka will miss three games.
He was lucky the Gunners didn’t lose this one, because if they did, he’ll be held responsible for letting the team down once more.
Takumi Minamino was given a free gift as the game drew to a close, but the former Red Bull Salzburg forward fluffed from close range.
Minamino is definitely a player who lacks confidence, since he has spent most of his time with the club on the outside.
Man of the Match: Ben White
Ben White told SkySports after collecting the man of the match award that “This team has a lot of fight in it, and it showed today. We dug deep and earned the win we needed.”
Today, the boys performed admirably. It’s difficult enough to come here with 11 men; getting one sent off right away isn’t ideal, but it was a fantastic effort. Coming here, we were confident, and we’ll give it our all in the next game.”
The second leg of the EFL Cup match between Liverpool and Arsenal will take place at the Emirates on January 20, 2021.