Liverpool wins League Cup on penalties

STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- Liverpool won its first piece of silverware in six years on Sunday, beating Cardiff 3-2 in a penalty shootout to lift the League Cup while Manchester United kept the Premier League title race bubbling with a last-gasp victory.

It was a bittersweet day for Liverpool captain Steve Gerrard, who collected the club's eighth League Cup title after seeing his cousin, Anthony, miss the decisive spot kick at Wembley Stadium.

The teams were 1-1 after 90 minutes and 2-2 after extra time.

Ryan Giggs marked his 900th game for United by scoring a stoppage-time winner in a 2-1 win at Norwich, restoring the two-point gap to leader Manchester City, but Tottenham's title hopes were damaged after losing 5-2 to Arsenal in a thrilling London derby.

Third-place Tottenham is eight points adrift of United and seven clear of Arsenal.