2001 Football League Cup Final

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2001 Football League Cup Final
Event 2000–01 Football League Cup
After extra time; Liverpool won 5–4 on penalties
Date 25 February 2001
Venue Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Man of the Match Robbie Fowler[1] (Liverpool)
Referee David Elleray (Harrow)[2]
Attendance 73,500

The 2001 Football League Cup Final was a football match played between Liverpool and Birmingham City at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on Sunday 25 February 2001. Liverpool won the match 5–4 on penalties after 90 minutes of normal time and 30 minutes of extra time could not split the two sides.[2]

Liverpool opened the scoring with a 25-yard long range shot from Robbie Fowler in the 30th minute and appeared to be heading for a win in normal time until Birmingham equalised in injury-time with a penalty from Darren Purse, after Martin O'Connor was brought down by Stéphane Henchoz. Birmingham thought they had a valid claim for a second penalty in extra time, only for referee David Elleray to turn it down (replays indicated that the tackle was in fact perfectly timed, taking the ball just before the man), taking the game to a penalty shootout, the first such penalty shootout in a major English domestic cup final (excluding Charity Shield matches).

The victory was Liverpool's first major trophy in 6 years, since winning the same competition in 1995. The club would also go on to win the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup in a unique treble of trophies in 2001.

Road to Cardiff[edit]



Birmingham City
GK 1 Netherlands Sander Westerveld
RB 6 Germany Markus Babbel
CB 2 Switzerland Stéphane Henchoz Booked 109'
CB 12 Finland Sami Hyypiä
LB 23 England Jamie Carragher
RM 17 England Steven Gerrard Substituted off 78'
CM 16 Germany Dietmar Hamann Booked 108'
CM 25 Croatia Igor Bišćan Substituted off 96'
LM 7 Czech Republic Vladimír Šmicer Substituted off 83'
CF 8 England Emile Heskey
CF 9 England Robbie Fowler (c)
GK 19 France Pegguy Arphexad
DF 3 Germany Christian Ziege Substituted in 96'
MF 20 England Nick Barmby Substituted in 83'
MF 21 Scotland Gary McAllister Substituted in 78'
FW 10 England Michael Owen
France Gérard Houllier
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GK 1 England Ian Bennett
RB 2 England Nicky Eaden
CB 5 England Darren Purse
CB 17 Jamaica Michael Johnson
LB 3 England Martin Grainger
RM 7 Northern Ireland Jon McCarthy
CM 32 Northern Ireland Danny Sonner Substituted off 71'
CM 12 England Martin O'Connor
LM 11 Australia Stan Lazaridis
CF 9 England Geoff Horsfield Substituted off 80'
CF 24 Nigeria Dele Adebola Substituted off 45'
GK 13 England Kevin Poole
DF 6 England David Holdsworth
MF 10 England Bryan Hughes Substituted in 71'
FW 8 Brazil Marcelo Substituted in 80'
FW 19 England Andrew Johnson Substituted in 45'
England Trevor Francis

Man of the match
Robbie Fowler (Liverpool)[1]

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


  1. ^ a b "Alan Hardaker Trophy Winners". The Football League. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Blues shot down as Liverpool lift cup". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 25 February 2001. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Clubs in the Premier League receive a bye to the second or third round, depending on whether or not they had qualified for European competition or not

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