2006-01-25

Wigan win over Arsenal in League Cup

Jason Roberts made a last minute of extra-time goal and sent Wigan Athletic into the English League Cup soccer final today after a 2-1 victory over Arsenal.

This result sent Wigan through on the away goals rule after a 2-2 aggregate scoreline. Arsenal FC looked on course to advance after substitute Robin van Persie netted a spectacular free kick in the 18th minute of extra-time to make it 2-0 after Thierry Henry had headed them into a 1-0 lead in the 65th.

Juan Antonio Reyes had a penalty stopped by Mike Pollitt in the 22nd minute and the Wigan goalkeeper made several more great saves to keep Wigan in what was a pulsasting, action-packed second leg tie.

Roberts, who had earlier missed half a dozen opportunities, broke clear in the 119th minute, forced his way past two Arsenal defenders and kept his cool to tuck the ball home.

The other semifinal takes place on Wednesday when Manchester United face Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford, level at 1-1. The final is at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on February 26.