Hammers crush Liverpool’s FA Cup dream right at the death | MUNDIAL MORNINGS

WEDNESDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2016

The Liverpool squad looked dejected after losing to West Ham in the cruellest way possible in the cruellest way possible.

The FA Cup fourth round replay looked seconds away from penalties, Angelo Ogbonna headed the Hammers to glory.

Cup football is unique in its own right, and has fans on edge, knowing every tie is sudden death.

How could you not be frustrated if you’re a Liverpool fan when you possess a quality coach and a squad that should be making top four if you look at it on paper?

Christian Benteke frustrated after Darren Randolph makes superb save

 

Such promise was shown from Christian Benteke during the early periods of his signature, but his failure to play a full 90 on a consistent basis has left manager Jurgen Klopp with a dilemma.

 

No sunshine or rainbows for Klopp in his first season as LFC manager

 

Liverpool were always in this game but West Ham played like they wanted it more.

West Ham’s first goal was all class, as Michail Antonio’s attacking persistence finally paid off. His combination with Enner Valencia was brilliant.

The Ecuadorian was a man on a mission, bursting his way through four static Liverpool defenders before crossing the ball through to Antonio for volleyed goal.

Despite the jubilation from the ecstatic home crowd, the Reds hit back immediately with the brilliance of Brazilian Coutinho shining through again.

The goal scored from a free kick took immense skill as the set piece looked too close to goal to dip it over the wall.

However the midfielder was a step ahead of everyone, striking the ball under the wall for a goal which caught Randolph off guard.

The game looked to be set for penalties after both teams struggled to make use of their opportunities in extra time.

A last minute free kick was whipped in from Payet, who found the head of Angelo Ogbonna. West Ham will play Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

 

Angelo Ogbonna leaps high to head the ball past in for the winner

 

“It will go into the history of West Ham’s greatest games” – Slaven Bilic

 

Hammers manager Slaven Bilic says tonight’s game was one of  the greatest in the clubs history.

“I can explain my feelings, and I can’t at the same time. It is great, for me a really great game of football. It was a classic FA Cup tie,” he told BBC Sport.

“It will go into the history of West Ham’s greatest games. Liverpool, last season at Upton Park, night kick-off, goal in the last minute. And we deserved it, I am very proud of the guys. They left their heart on the pitch.  ‘

TICKETS AND TENNIS BALLS

Borussia Dortmund fans threw hundreds of tennis balls onto THE TURF in their German Cup quarter-final away clash with Vfb Stuttgart this morning.

The angry fans were protesting against the high prices of tickets for the match, which put the game to a brief halt.

Dortmund won the game 3-1, but this question must be asked.

If fans think it’s okay for the club to spend ridiculous amounts of money for players, is it so crazy for them to pay back the club with higher priced tickets?

It’s an argument which has been causing a stir in the football community.

 

BVB players playing the role of ball boys while game to draws to a halt

 

 

By Ari Charilaou (He’s also on twitter here)

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