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  • Birmingham City 3-1 Westham: Gardner three times-lucky

    Birmingham City stepped into the English League Cup final after removing West Ham United. They will challenge Arsenal at the top of the party.

    In the semi-final second leg match at St.Andrews, Wednesday (26/01/2011) , Birmingham beat West Ham 3-1 through extra time. Thus, Alex McLeish troops aggregate win 4-3.

    The Hammers it first opened the scoring in the 31st minute. Carlton Cole kick from outside the penalty box lodged in the right corner of goalkeeper Ben Foster.

    The home team can only be equalized in the 59th minute. From a corner kick Sebastian Larsson, Nikola Zigic headed the ball which fell to the feet of Lee Bowyer. Without forgiveness, Bowyer left foot shot rattled the West Ham goalkeeper.

    Birmingham turned the lead in minute 79. Roger Johnson headed a corner kick advantage Bowyer forced Robert Green picked up the ball from the goal for the second time.

    Because the position 2-1 last until the end of normal time, so strong was the same aggregate 3-3 and no team had the advantage on away goals. Action also continues to act extra-time.

    In the round extra-time, Birmingham can score the third goal. After two efforts hit the post, eventually Craig Gardner third times firing into from outside the penalty box in minute-94 could not be stopped by Green.

    Position 3-1 last until the end of extra time. Birmingham also qualify for the finals and will face Arsenal in the match at Wembley Stadium, 27 February.

    Team Line-up:

    Birmingham City: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Jiranek, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Bowyer, Gardner, Derbyshire, Jerome. Subs: Taylor, Murphy, Phillips, Fahey, Zigic, Hleb, Beausejour.
    West Ham United: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Bridge, Noble, Parker, Spector, Hines, Cole, Boa Morte. Subs: Boffin, Reid, Gabbidon, Dyer, McCarthy, Sears, O'Neil. Ref: Howard Webb.


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