Ghanaian youngtser Abdul Osman caused a major shock in world football on Wednesday as his penalty kick dumped English giants Liverpool out of the Carling Cup in the third round
Liverpool blew one of their best chances of winning a trophy this season after suffering an embarrassing 4-2 penalty shoot-out Carling Cup defeat against League Two side Northampton at Anfield. Having taken a ninth-minute lead through Milan Jovanovic, his first goal since joining the club from Standard Liege in the summer, the hosts should have wrapped up the third round tie. But Billy McKay and Michael Jacobs turned things around and although David Ngog snatched a late equaliser the Cobblers went through on spot-kicks with Ghana’s Abdul Osman scoring the decisive penalty.
The 23-year-old’s final kick helped his League Two side Northampton win the penalty shoot-out to secure their shock advance to the next round of the competition in one of the biggest shocks on the day.With the sides locked at 2-2 after extra-time, Abdul Osman kept his cool to slot in the decisive spot-kick.It was another night of Carling Cup drama for Merseyside football following Everton’s surprise exit at Brentford 24 hours before Northampton’s visit to Liverpool.
West Brom roared back from a half-time deficit to send Manchester City tumbling out with a 2-1 victory at The Hawthorns. Gianni Zuiverloon and Simon Cox turned the match on its head, scoring within two minutes of each other after Jo had put City in front midway through the first half. It was a dismal result for Blues boss Roberto Mancini, who was forced to field an inexperienced side due to a combination of injury and Saturday’s Premier League match with Chelsea, but saw the first chance of silverware disappear at the earliest opportunity. Wigan staged a dramatic late fightback to snatch a place in the fourth round with a 2-1 victory over valiant Preston. Jordi Gomez and Charles N’Zogbia struck in the closing three minutes as the Premier League side prevailed at the DW Stadium. Preston had led after Keith Treacy opened the scoring in the 23rd minute and hit the woodwork twice through Paul Coutts.