LIVERPOOL, England — Liverpool beat Stoke 6-5 on penalties to reach the English League Cup final on Tuesday, with Joe Allen scoring the decisive spot kick in the second leg.
Stoke won the match 1-0 after extra time through Marko Arnautovic's first-half goal, and the semifinal finished 1-1 on aggregate.
Both sides missed one of their first five penalties to take the shootout to sudden death. Marc Muniesa of Stoke saw his kick saved, and Allen converted high in the right corner before being mobbed by teammates.
Everton leads Manchester City 2-1 after the first leg of the other semifinal, which is completed on Wednesday.
The final is at Wembley Stadium on Feb. 28.
Steve Douglas, The Associated Press