Watch: Liverpool, Middlesbrough end League Cup game with 30 PKs
On a day full of upsets in the English League Cup, Liverpool and Middlesbrough played without a doubt the most memorable game of the round. Not because Middlesbrough, which plays in the second-tier Championship, was able to defeat the Premier League side. Rather, the game was memorable because Middlesbrough lost on penalties, 14-13.
Yes, 14-13. That is not a typo.
After ending the 90 minutes tied at 1-1, both sides scored in extra time. It then took an astonishing 30 penalty kicks to determine a winner.
Goalkeepers Simon Mignolet and Jamal Blackman (who, by the way, is 20 years old and was making his professional debut) each had to take a kick. A handful of players had to kick twice! There were only three misses the entire way, but it was Albert Adomah's mis-directed spot kick that finally brought the tiebreaker to an end. Watch the whole thing here:
According to the BBC, the 14-13 score is the highest-ever score in a penalty shootout in the League or FA Cups (pretty impressive when you consider that the FA Cup has been around since 1871). Expanding beyond England's major cup competitions, Liverpool and Middlesbrough's epic faceoff equals the highest-scoring shootout in English league soccer history, set when Dagenham & Redbridge took on Leyton Orient in the Football League Trophy in 2011. However, even though that lower-level game ended with the same PK score, it did so with three less kicks.
Amazingly enough, though, 30 isn't even close to the number of kicks necessary to break the record for longest penalty shootout. The Guinness Book of World Records lists the record at 48 kicks, set in the 2005 Namibian Cup.