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banner Sunday, 25 February, 2001, 14:36 GMT
Worthington Cup final Clockwatch
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Worthington Cup Final

Liverpool 1-1 Birmingham City (Liverpool win 5-4 on pens)

All the minute-by-minute action as Birmingham City and Liverpool contested the Worthington Cup Final in Cardiff.


4 mins: Lazaridis gets an early run at Babbel but though he beats the German for pace, Liverpool clear the danger.

5 mins: Vladimir Smicer tries his luck from 25 yards but the effort is deflected on its way through to Ian Bennett and lacks the pace to trouble the Birmingham keeper.

8 mins: Heskey sends Smicer away down the left and the Czech international supplies the perfect cross for Fowler at the near post.

The England striker fails to make contact with his head though and Grainger clears for a corner.

13 mins: Liverpool put together their first flowing move of the game but it ends with a disappointing deep cross from Biscan.

14 mins: A Grainger free-kick from 35 yards is blocked into the path of Horsfield but his effort is quickly closed down by Henchoz.

15 mins: Liverpool almost catch Birmingham on the break. Gerrard's run is halted by a trip by O'Connor but the Birmingham skipper is fortunate that the offside flag has already been raised, albeit incorrectly.

18 mins: A fine surging run by Babbel is ended by a tackle from Johnson.

19 mins: Smicer's half-volley from the edge of the area is deflected over for a corner.

21 mins: Horsfield turns away from Henchoz and delivers a menacing deep cross but Biscan clears from McCarthy.

28 mins: Sustained Birmingham pressure forces a weak punch from Westerveld. Sonner turns the ball back into the area but McCarthy's effort is straight at the keeper.

Robbie Fowler
Fowler produced a moment of brilliance to score
30 mins: Westerveld's long clearance is flicked-on by Heskey and Fowler unleashes an unstoppable shot from 25 yards that catches Bennett off his line to put Liverpool ahead. Liverpool 1-0 Birmingham

41 mins: Another Smicer effort from the edge of the area is deflected behind for a corner.

43 mins: Henchoz's long ball forward is flicked on by Heskey but Smicer puts his effort wide as Bennett advances.

45 mins: Adebola shoots from 35 yards but though the effort is well struck it is still a comfortable save for Westerveld.

46 mins: Birmingham introduce Andy Johnson in place of Dele Adebola.

46 mins: Eaden and McCarthy combine well to present Andy Johnson with a great opportunity at the near post but the young striker can not turn the ball in.

48 mins: A fine Liverpool moves sees Babbel tee up a chance for Fowler but Purse throws himself in the way of the shot.

52 mins: A sharp looking Fowler turns and fires into the side-netting.

55 mins: Referee Elleray lectures both Sonner and Biscan after an altercation between the two.

57 mins: Smicer evades the Birmingham offside trap and squares the ball to Heskey but his effort is well off target.

58 mins: Eaden's right-wing cross is glanced on by Horsfield but Babbel just holds off Lazaridis at the far post.

59 mins: A great ball from Fowler lets in Smicer but Bennett is out quickly to narrow the angle and block the shot.

61 mins: Lazaridis' deep cross gives Westerveld an anxious moment, not for the first time.

64 mins: Bennett weakly punches away a Gerrard cross but as Hamann turns the ball back in the keeper does just enough to force Fowler to take his eye off the ball at the far post.

70 mins: Bryan Hughes replaces Danny Sonner for Birmingham.

72 mins: Westerveld and Purse are lectured after the pair clash following a challenge for a high ball.

75 mins: Hamann's surging run forward is halted by an excellent tackle from Michael Johnson on the edge of his own area.

76 mins: Gary McAllister replaces Steven Gerrard.

80 mins: Purse plants an unmarked header from a corner over the bar. Marcelo replaces Geoff Horsfield in the Birmingham attack.

83 mins: Nick Barmby replaces Vladimir Smicer.

83 mins: Heskey creates a great chance for Fowler while Purse lays injured, but this time Fowler blazes off target.

85 mins: Purse returns to the action, although clearly struggling, but Birmingham have used all their substitutes.

Darren Purse
Purse kept his nerve from the spot
90 mins: Barmby leads a Liverpool break but Fowler can not find the target.

90 mins: Two-and-a-half minutes into stoppage time Martin O'Connor is brought down by Henchoz in the area and referee Elleray points to the spot.

O'Connor is strechered off leaving Purse to plant his penalty into the corner of the net past Westerveld. Liverpool 1-1 Birmingham


Extra-time

91 mins: O'Connor hobbles back into the action for extra-time and Johnson fires just wide in the early stages.

93 mins: McCarthy shoots well wide, but Birmingham make a bright start to the first period of extra-time.

94 mins: McCarthy supplies a great low cross to the near post and Hughes arrives perfectly to meet it but can't find the target.

96 mins: Christian Ziege replaces Igor Biscan.

99 mins: Hughes almost beats Westerveld with a shot from 30 yards but the Dutch keeper fingertips the ball away for a corner.

102 mins: Liverpool's first sight of goal in extra-time see McAllister place a free-kick straight at Bennett.

104 mins: Johnson is bundled over in the area by Henchoz but to the amazement of everyone connected with Birmingham referee Elleray does not award a penalty.

107 mins: Marcelo tries his luck from 25 yards and is only just off target as Birmingham continue to dominate.

108 mins: Hamann is shown the yellow card for a foul on Lazaridis.

109 mins: Henchoz is booked for a blatant obstruction on Lazaridis.

111 mins: Michael Johnson intercepts Ziege's pass to Fowler but when the ball is turned back in Fowler directs a header goalwards that Bennett pushes away.

113 mins: Hyypia meets a Ziege free-kick with a downward header but it lacks the pace to beat Bennett.

116 mins: Hamann blasts a shot against Bennett's left post from 25 yards.

120 mins: Full-time after extra-time and the Worthington Cup goes into a penalty shootout. Liverpool to take the first penalty.


Liverpool 1-0 Birmingham (McAllister scores)
Liverpool 1-0 Birmingham (Grainger misses)
Liverpool 2-0 Birmingham (Barmby scores)
Liverpool 2-1 Birmingham (Purse scores)
Liverpool 3-1 Birmingham (Ziege scores)
Liverpool 3-2 Birmingham (Marcello scores)
Liverpool 3-2 Birmingham (Hamann misses)
Liverpool 3-3 Birmingham (Lazaridis scores)
Liverpool 4-3 Birmingham (Fowler scores)
Liverpool 4-4 Birmingham (Hughes scores)
Liverpool 5-4 Birmingham (Carragher scores)
Liverpool 5-4 Birmingham (A Johnson misses)

Liverpool win 5-4 on penalties.


Birmingham: Bennett, Eaden, Grainger, Purse, Michael Johnson, McCarthy, Sonner, O'Connor, Lazaridis, Horsfield, Adebola. Subs: Poole, Holdsworth, Hughes, Marcelo, Andrew Johnson.

Liverpool: Westerveld, Henchoz, Babbel, Hyypia, Carragher, Smicer, Hamann, Gerrard, Biscan, Heskey, Fowler. Subs: Arphexad, Ziege, Owen, Barmby, McAllister.

Referee: D Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill)

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