Two goals in the final stretch define the Reds’ 2-0 victory at Emitares Stadium. Londoners missed many chances
Liverpool achieved an exceptional result this Sunday (7/1), in the FA Cup. In a game for the third phase of the competition, the Reds, with several substitutes and without Salah, went to London and, at the Emirates Stadium, beat Arsenal 2-0. The goals came from Kiwior (own goal) and Luis Díaz. Thus, Liverpool advances to the fourth round of the competition and eliminates one of its biggest rivals.
Salah did not go to the field as he is with the Egypt team for the African Cup of Nations. As a curiosity, Arsenal played this Sunday’s derby all in white. It was an action for a campaign in England against youth violence (“no blood”).
Liverpool felt Salah’s absence greatly. In the first half, it only offered danger in the final stretch, after going through a lot of struggle. Always on top, Arsenal had opportunities with Havertz (three times), the ball hit the post from Odegaard and Rice forcing Alisson to turn around to keep the score at zero. Liverpool, on the other hand, had a real chance with a shot and Alexander-Arnold at the end of the first half.
Liverpool wins with own goal
The final stage came and Arsenal began renting the rivals’ defensive midfield. He always looked for the finish. Proof of this is that at 30 minutes of the final stage they had 55% possession and 17 to 7 in shots. And while Liverpool sent two on target, the home team shot six extremely dangerous shots. But the ball insisted on not going in.
After 30 minutes, Liverpool started to be more effective at the front. And a shot from Luis Díaz forced goalkeeper Ramsdale to make a great save. From the kick, Jota headed the ball against the post. Arsenal felt the pressure. So, at 35, Liverpool’s goal came. In a corner taken from the left by Alexander-Arnold, the Kiwior left-back went to cut and scored against it. The Reds were ahead. And they sustained the result until the end.
Thus, the biggest FA Cup champion, with 14 cups, is out of the 2023/24 edition of football’s oldest competition (since 1872). Liverpool, owner of eight titles, awaits this Monday’s draw to find out who their next rival will be.
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