A crazy Carabao Cup fourth-round game had an equally dramatic finish as Liverpool beat Arsenal 5-4 in a shootout after Divock Origi’s goal deep into added time to make it 5-5 had taken it to penalties at Anfield.
The game on Wednesday night maybe did not have the aesthetic finesse of the 4-4 on this ground in 2009, when Andrey Arshavin scored all of the visitors’ goals, but it was no less entertaining on a number of different levels.
Aside from 10 goals there were a couple of non-decisions which looked prime candidates to be overruled for VAR, had it been employed in this competition, backstories aplenty and, of course, Origi’s added-time equaliser.
Liverpool scored through Shkodran Mustafi’s own goal, James Milner’s penalty, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Origi (two).
On target for Arsenal were Gabriel Martinelli (two), Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock.
In the shootout Gunners’ substitute Dani Ceballos was the only one to miss as teenage Scouser Curtis Jones scored the winner in front of the Kop.
Liverpool keeper Caoimhin Kelleher, talking to Sky Sports after the final whistle, said: “I’ve done a lot of work with the keeper coach on saving penalties. It was a crazy game to be a keeper, I didn’t have time to blink.
“It’s what dreams are made of, winning a shootout in front of the Kop. The atmosphere was amazing, I’ve never experienced anything like it.”
In Wednesday’s other heavyweight clash, Marcus Rashford’s long-range missile fired Manchester United past Chelsea and into the quarter-finals.
The England striker crashed in an unstoppable free-kick from fully 30 yards out to secure a 2-1 win and a place in the last eight.
Chelsea had hauled themselves level through Michy Batshuayi after Rashford opened the scoring from the penalty spot.
But Rashford’s stunning strike ended Chelsea’s seven-match winning streak as they failed to get a measure of revenge on United for their 4-0 defeat on the opening day of the season.
In the final game of the night, Ahmed Elmohamady downed Wolves to send Aston Villa into the quarter-finals.
The defender grabbed a second-half winner to clinch a 2-1 victory as the hosts reached the last eight for the first time since 2012.