Cardiff beats Palace to reach League Cup final
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) -- Tom Heaton saved two penalty kicks, and Cardiff reached its first English League Cup final by beating Crystal Palace 3-1 in a shootout on Tuesday night.
Cardiff dominatedbut only managed a 1-0 edge on a seventh-minute own goal by Anthony Gardner, leaving the aggregate 1-1 in the home-and-home, total-goals series. Gardner had scored in the first leg.
Palace played a man short after captain Paddy McCarthy received his second yellow card in the 78th, and Cardiff hit the crossbar twice in overtime.
Cardiff's Kenny Miller started the shootout by sending his penalty kick well high. Heaton saved Palace's first two efforts from Jermaine Easter and Sean Scannell before Jonathan Parr put the decisive spot kick wide.
Second-tier Cardiff plays either Liverpool or Manchester City in the final at Wembley on Feb. 26. Liverpool leads 1-0 going into the second leg at home on Wednesday.