Soccer-Jota at the double as Liverpool beat Arsenal to reach League Cup final

21/1/2022 1:13:00 AM

Soccer-Jota at the double as Liverpool beat Arsenal to reach League Cup final

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Soccer-Jota at the double as Liverpool beat Arsenal to reach League Cup final

LONDON (Reuters) - Diogo Jota's double earned Liverpool a comfortable 2-0 win at Arsenal in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final on Thursday, setting up a Wembley showdown against Chelsea.

Liverpool, with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita still away on African Nations Cup duty, came under early pressure and Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette hit the woodwork with a free kick before Jota's scuffed shot gave the visitors a 19th-minute lead.

Arsenal lacked conviction after that and Jota secured Liverpool's passage with a neat finish in the 77th minute -- the goal initially ruled offside but allowed after a VAR check.To cap a dismal night for Arsenal they had Thomas Partey sent off for a second yellow after a late foul on Fabinho.

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Liverpool, with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita still away on African Nations Cup duty, came under early pressure and Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette hit the woodwork with a free kick before Jota's scuffed shot gave the visitors a 19th-minute lead. Arsenal lacked conviction after that and Jota secured Liverpool's passage with a neat finish in the 77th minute -- the goal initially ruled offside but allowed after a VAR check. Willi Orban hit the post 22 minutes later as the hosts kept up the pressure, but they were made to wait until eight minutes from time to wrap it up. To cap a dismal night for Arsenal they had Thomas Partey sent off for a second yellow after a late foul on Fabinho. They host Liverpool in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final on Thursday. Liverpool will be seeking a record ninth League Cup triumph when they face Chelsea who secured their spot with a 3-0 aggregate victory over Tottenham Hotspur last week. On Tuesday, three second division teams progressed as St Pauli knocked out Borussia Dortmund while Hamburg SV and Karlsruhe also qualified, alongside Bundesliga club VfL Bochum. (Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond) Article type: metered .