Angelo Ogbonna struck a dramatic late winner in extra time as West Ham won their FA Cup fourth round clash with Liverpool 2-1 at Upton Park on Tuesday.
- West Ham 2 Liverpool 1
- O’Brien, Coutinho and Payet hit the woodwork
- Antonio volleys West Ham ahead
- Coutinho equalises for the Reds
- Ogbonna heads in extra-time winner
The first half went goalless until right at the death despite the attacking endeavour of both sides, with Joey O’Brien and Philippe Coutinho both hitting the post from open play before Dimitri Payet’s free kick also clattered against the upright.
West Ham did take in the lead at the break thanks to Michail Antonio, who met Enner Valencia’s cross with a superb volley on the stroke of halftime.
The equaliser came soon after the restart through Philippe Coutinho, who fooled the West Ham defence with a low free kick under the wall and past goalkeeper Darren Randolph.
The match then went all the way into extra time, and looked destined for a penalty shootout until Angelo Ogbonna headed in Dimitri Payet’s free kick right at the death to send the Hammers through.
Neither team was able to find their rhythm in the first 15 minutes, but Liverpool got their first real chance of the game from a 14th-minute corner that found Christian Benteke at the far post, where Darren Randolph had to make the save.
That sparked the game into life, and a minute later West Ham rattled the Liverpool woodwork when Joey O’Brien had a pop from just outside the box, which took a deflection off the defender en route to the post.
On 26 minutes the Reds had another chance through young left-back Bradley Smith, who got all the way to the byline and cut the ball back looking for Benteke, but it was a swing and a miss from the Belgian, and it also eluded Jordon Ibe in a deeper position. A few minute later and Smith was pinging the ball into the middle again, but this time Joao Teixeira dragged his effort wide.
A flowing Liverpool attack, starting with Winston Reid losing possession in midfield, saw Benteke get to the byline in the West Ham box, where he did well to hold it up and find Coutinho, but the Brazilian playmaker side-footed his effort against the near post.
Dimitri Payet was the man standing behind a free kick in the 38th minute, and the Frenchman produced an excellent effort that sent Simon Mignolet scrambling as it hit the post yet again, and the Belgian keeper had to get quickly back to his feet to parry the follow-up effort away.
The Hammers then struck just before halftime, with Enner Valencia getting down the left side of the Liverpool box and whipping in a cross towards Michail Antonio at the far post, and the forward met it with a superb volley into the back of the net.
Liverpool had an equaliser early in the second half when Pedro Obiang brought down Benteke on the edge of the box and Coutinho stepped up. The West Ham wall jumped as he ran up to take it, and the Brazilian rolled it low and hard under their feet and into the net.
Benteke had another chance in the 59th minute, again via a Smith cutback, but he saw his efforts blocked not once but twice. He would have another crack from a free kick 20 minutes later, but Randolph was there to thwart him.
Mark Noble and Valencia both had chances in the closing stages, with the former trying to catch Mignolet off his guard with a cheeky effort just a couple of minute after the latter tried to loop a header on-target after Payet scooped a long ball forward towards him.
Randolph was called into action again to prevent Jordon Ibe from hitting an equaliser after Daniel Sturridge’s shot deflected out to him, and the youngster looked to curl one into the corner. But neither side could find the winning goal as the match ticked into extra time.
Noble forced Mignolet into a decent save in the first half of stoppage time, before Benteke dragged a low volley just wide before being denied by Randolph when slipped in behind the defence.
Sturridge had the first good effort of the second period with a dangerous drive at goal that flashed wide, before Origi was fed down the left flank but could only slice his effort horribly wide. A bit later and Sturridge tried to dribble his way through, and almost succeeded, but neither side could find the goal that would spare them the shootout.
Liverpool then conceded a free kick when Lucas Leiva unnecessarily conceded a free kick, giving Dimitri Payet the chance to send another cross in.
The delivery from the Frenchman was perfect, and Angelo Ogbonna met it at the far post with a powerful, towering header that had the ball nestling in the back of the net in the 31st minute of extra time.