After a nervy 120 minutes ended 2-2, the Carling Cup final between Liverpool and Cardiff went to a penalty shootout that proved just as manic as the rest of the match. Both sides failed to convert their first penalty and Liverpool also missed their second, but eventually won 3-2 when Anthony Gerrard, cousin of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, put Cardiff's final penalty wide of the post.
That gave Liverpool the win and its first trophy in six years, which was reason to celebrate for its many fans at Wembley. One young fan (who looks like a miniature Dirk Kuyt) celebrated with such abandon that he accidentally poked himself in the eye with his own joyously flailing arm. But, since this was likely the first trophy he's been aware of Liverpool winning in his lifetime, he just kept on smiling and enjoying the moment with both eyes closed.
If any one moment sums up the emotions of the day for Liverpool, it's this one.
- Anthony Gerrard
- penalty shootout