The game ended in the way it began, with Cardiff City proving to be the more intelligent side by scoring first. With this early goal it seemed that Cardiff City had a chance to claim the cup. Their flimsy dreams where shattered when Liverpool scored in second half by Skertel.
The same score line dragged on, building up the crowd’s anticipation of a goal. As the distant whistle of the referee blew precisely the end of the ninety minutes, a cold, dark quiver shivered across the stadium; all fans on either side were to re-experience a heart-racing 30 minutes of extra time.
As extra time took place the crowd cheered on their side with the little hope they had left. The players half tired, slugged on but the pace of the game lagged; the 1st was more or less an interesting lullaby. But the 2nd half was when the action really kicked off. The match finally picked up flare when both coaches gave their players some very colourful words. The possession for the second half of the extra time was given to the Premier League side Liverpool.
At the 17th minute Dirk Kuyt, the Liverpool mid-fielder, scored. This goal was more of a mistake than a targeted shot. This did not matter to the fans; like a Moses leading them out of Egypt, Dirk Kuyt had given them what they had wanted for so long, the supposed salvation for the Cup. These hopes as strong as the tiered grass were broken, when the goal was equalised as a result of a mistake from the same man. Cardiff City player Ben Turner placed the ball between the legs of Dirk Kuyt while Dirk Kuyt was falling, a mistake. The last dying minutes passed by with the fans feeling no better than they did at the beginning of the match.
Finally it came to a penalty shoot out, something all players dread and fans despise. Steven Gerrard won the right for his team to start first and took the first penalty kick. Steven Gerrard shot and the goal keeper saved, as simple as 123. Cardiff City player Miller hit the bar, but Liverpool player Adam hit nothing at all. Whittingham, the Cardiff City player, was the first to score for Cardiff City, with the ball mightily and powerfully zoomed past Reina without a hair’s length of contact. Dirk Kuyt’s strike was so powerful it took the goalkeeper off target. Cardiff City player Gestede missed his shot by it hitting the post, but Downing the Liverpool player scored for Liverpool making the score 2-2 2-1 pens. Cowie, the Cardiff City player, next scored, with Reina not touching the ball. Glen Johnson, the true saviour for Liverpool, came to take a penalty kick, doing so by smacking the roof of the net, putting Liverpool 3-2 in pens.
Liverpool sealed the cup when A.Gerrard shot it wide without the contact of Reina. Now slow it down: Miller hit the bar, Whittingham scored passing Reina, Gestede hit the post, Cowie scored without any contact from Reina and A.Gerrard shot far wide. Reina the Liverpool goalkeeper failed to save a single goal throughout this whole penalty shootout.
Overall the game showed how poorly a Premier League team can perform against a side from a lower division.