Cardiff City heartbreak at the Carling Cup final. I get very drunk

Carling Cup Final 2012, Cardiff City vs Liverpool (2-3 on pens), Wembley, London UK, Sunday Feb 26 2012

On Sunday, I was back at Wembley for a thrilling game of football as Championship underdogs Cardiff took on the Premiership big boys Liverpool. It’s taken until now for me to recover.

Carling Cup Final 2012, Cardiff City vs Liverpool (2-3 on pens), Wembley, London UK, Sunday Feb 26 2012

Much as I love seeing Cardiff City in big games, my dislike of the clinical, squeaky clean, corporate ‘Wembley Experience’ remains, and fuck knows what these ridiculous Bladerunner-esque floating banners have to do with football.

Carling Cup Final 2012, Cardiff City vs Liverpool (2-3 on pens), Wembley, London UK, Sunday Feb 26 2012

Great pointless balls of fire.

Carling Cup Final 2012, Cardiff City vs Liverpool (2-3 on pens), Wembley, London UK, Sunday Feb 26 2012

There seemed to be a lot of respect between both sets of players and supporters, and it was great to see the universal contempt held for Murdoch and The Sun. In the pic above you can see the  Liverpool banner, ” Expose the lies before Thatcher dies.” Nice one.

Happily, the stewards quickly gave up trying to make us sit down this time, so we were able to watch the game like a Cup Final is supposed to be seen: standing up.

Carling Cup Final 2012, Cardiff City vs Liverpool (2-3 on pens), Wembley, London UK, Sunday Feb 26 2012

Carling Cup Final 2012, Cardiff City vs Liverpool (2-3 on pens), Wembley, London UK, Sunday Feb 26 2012

Cardiff score!

Carling Cup Final 2012, Cardiff City vs Liverpool (2-3 on pens), Wembley, London UK, Sunday Feb 26 2012

Into extra time.

Carling Cup Final 2012, Cardiff City vs Liverpool (2-3 on pens), Wembley, London UK, Sunday Feb 26 2012

Carling Cup Final 2012, Cardiff City vs Liverpool (2-3 on pens), Wembley, London UK, Sunday Feb 26 2012

City equalise with two minutes to go!

Carling Cup Final 2012, Cardiff City vs Liverpool (2-3 on pens), Wembley, London UK, Sunday Feb 26 2012

Carling Cup Final 2012, Cardiff City vs Liverpool (2-3 on pens), Wembley, London UK, Sunday Feb 26 2012

Come on City!

Carling Cup Final 2012, Cardiff City vs Liverpool (2-3 on pens), Wembley, London UK, Sunday Feb 26 2012

The dreaded penalty shoot out and, well, you know the rest :(

Carling Cup Final 2012, Cardiff City vs Liverpool (2-3 on pens), Wembley, London UK, Sunday Feb 26 2012

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