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Record-breaker Woodburn volleys Liverpool into League Cup semis

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Britain Football Soccer - Liverpool v Leeds United - EFL Cup Quarter Final - Anfield - 29/11/16 Liverpool's Ben Woodburn celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine Livepic
Britain Football Soccer - Liverpool v Leeds United - EFL Cup Quarter Final - Anfield - 29/11/16 Liverpool's Ben Woodburn celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine Livepic

LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool reached the League Cup semi-finals as 17-year-old Ben Woodburn enjoyed a night to remember by becoming the club's youngest ever goalscorer when he wrapped up a 2-0 victory over Leeds United on Tuesday.

Liverpool had been frustrated for the majority of the fifth round tie at Anfield and were outplayed at times by their second-tier opponents, with Leeds pegging them back and striking the woodwork in the second half.

However, the home side's Divock Origi slid home the opening goal after 76 minutes and Woodburn, making his debut in the competition as a late substitute, volleyed powerfully into the net from close range in front of the Kop in the 81st.

At 17 years and 45 days, Woodburn erased Michael Owen from the Liverpool record books, with the former England striker having scored for the first time at 17 years 143 days in 1997.

Hull City's quarter-final tie against visiting Newcastle United went to extra time with the match goalless.

Arsenal host Southampton and Manchester United welcome West Ham United in the two remaining ties on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Ken Ferris)


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