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Cardiff beats Palace to reach League Cup final

Updated: January 24, 2012, 17:52


CARDIFF, Wales(AP) Tom Heaton saved two penalties to help Cardiff reach its first League Cup final by beating Crystal Palace 3-1 in a shootout on Tuesday.

Cardiff dominated most of the game but only managed a 1-0 edge after 90 minutes to force extra time, after losing the first leg by the same score.

Palace was down to 10 men by then after captain Paddy McCarthy was dismissed for his second yellow card in the 78th, but Cardiff still couldn't take advantage.

The Welsh club twice hit the bar in extra time, and then looked to be in trouble after Kenny Miller blasted his penalty well high to start the shootout.

But Heaton saved Palace's first two efforts from Jermaine Easter and Sean Scannell, before Jonathan Parr put the decisive spot kick wide.

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