Liverpool-Middlesbrough shoot-out some way short of world record

Longest shoot-out involving 48 penalty kicks was in 2005 Namibian Cup final

Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet celebrates their win after a marathon penalty shoot-out during the League Cup third round match at Anfield.

Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet celebrates their win after a marathon penalty shoot-out during the League Cup third round match at Anfield.

 

Liverpool and Middlesbrough set a League Cup landmark with 27 goals in their penalty shoot-out on Tuesday night, but they would have needed to convert another 13 spot kicks to beat the world record.

The highest-scoring shoot-out was Argentinos Juniors’ 20-19 win over Racing Club in November 1988, when all drawn Argentine League games went to penalties, from 44 attempts overall.

However, the longest shoot-out, as recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, was 48 in the 2005 Namibian Cup final, when KK Palace won 17-16 against Civics after 15 kicks were missed.

More accurate

The decisive spot kick was clipped wide in front of the Kop by Ghana international Albert Adomah, putting the home side through to the fourth round of the competition.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised his team’s erformance, saying: “Our players showed great resilience to keep going . . . and at the end, when it was needed, they showed wonderful composure, with some of our young players stepping up.”

Equalled record

The previous longest League Cup shoot-out was 9-8 on three occasions: Arsenal versus Rotherham in 2004; Manchester City v Stoke City; and Aston Villa versus Colchester United in 1982.

English non-League clubs Brockenhurst and Andover Town claim the best sequence of successive kicks scored: 29 in the former’s 15-14 win in 2013 in the Hampshire Senior Cup.

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