MUSIC PLAYER AT BOTTOM

OVER 130 TOP HITS AVAILABLE ON OUR MUSIC PLAYER AT THE BOTTOM. TO VIEW THE LIST - CLICK ON MENU ICON AT THE BOTTOM RIGHT ... PLAYER NOT AVAILABLE FOR MOBILE PHONE / TABLET USERS

TO GET UPDATES IN YOUR E-MAIL PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Southampton Stun Liverpool at Anfield with late goal to enter Finals of EFL Cup at Wembley



Liverpool 0-1 Southampton (agg 0-2): Saints reach first major final since 2003 as Shane Long's late strike secures progress to last two of the EFL Cup

  • Southampton beat Liverpool at Anfield in the EFL Cup semi-final to book their place at Wembley
  • The visitors went into the clash with a 1-0 lead thanks to Nathan Redmond's goal at St Mary's 
  • They had very little of the possession during the second leg but missed two golden first-half chances
  • Steven Davis blazed over and Dusan Tadic saw his effort excellently saved by Loris Karius
  • Daniel Sturridge saw two attempts sail over the crossbar and Fraser Forster scrambled to save from Emre Can
  • Shane Long scored at the end of a rapid counter-attack in stoppage time to secure safe passage 
  • The Saints will face either Manchester United or Hull in the Wembley final on February 26
  • HOW IT HAPPENED: Relive the clash at Anfield with Sportsmail's blow-by-blow updates 
Fraser Forster fumbled and Liverpool were 20 per cent towards getting the goal they desperately needed. It wasn't enough. The ball needs to be 100 per cent over the line and, somehow, Forster recovered to claw it away.
His dramatic retrieval proved the turning point of the game and summed up a night of magnificent resilience from Southampton. They even won the match, in the end, through a breakaway and Shane Long in the last minute, but it was the 45 minutes before that, when Liverpool threw everything at them, that made this their night.
That period included not just Forster's rescue act, but one of the tackles of the season from Jack Stephens, standing in for the injured Virgil van Dijk. Stephens, 22, was outstanding here after a nervous beginning. 
Shane Long is mobbed by his Southampton team-mates after scoring the only goal of the game against Liverpool
Shane Long is mobbed by his Southampton team-mates after scoring the only goal of the game against Liverpool
Josh Sims congratulates Long as the Saints supporters go wild in the stands behind them
Josh Sims congratulates Long as the Saints supporters go wild in the stands behind them
After soaking up Liverpool pressure, Southampton countered in added time to secure a 1-0 second-leg victory at Anfield
After soaking up Liverpool pressure, Southampton countered in added time to secure a 1-0 second-leg victory at Anfield
Southampton manager Claude Puel celebrates Long's late winner with his coaching staff on Wednesday night
Southampton manager Claude Puel celebrates Long's late winner with his coaching staff on Wednesday night
Long wheels away to celebrate with Southampton fans after a resilient performance at Anfield
Long wheels away to celebrate with Southampton fans after a resilient performance at Anfield
James Milner cuts a frustrated figure on a night of immense frustration for Liverpool, who were knocked out of the EFL Cup
James Milner cuts a frustrated figure on a night of immense frustration for Liverpool, who were knocked out of the EFL Cup
Early in the second period, Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster had to scramble back to claw Emre Can's shot away
Early in the second period, Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster had to scramble back to claw Emre Can's shot away
Forster had initially spilled Can's fizzing effort from the edge of the box but managed to stop the ball ending up in the net
Forster had initially spilled Can's fizzing effort from the edge of the box but managed to stop the ball ending up in the net
Forster got to the ball just before it crossed the line, ensuring his side kept their noses in front
Forster got to the ball just before it crossed the line, ensuring his side kept their noses in front

Daniel Sturridge had a glorious chance to fire Liverpool ahead after half-time but his volley sailed over the bar                                               MATCH FACTS
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Karius 7.5; Alexander-Arnold 7.5, Matip 7, Lovren 6, Milner 7; Lallana 6.5, Henderson 7, Can 6 (Origi 78mins); Firmino 6.5, Sturridge 6, Coutinho 7 (Wijnaldum, 87mins)
SUBS NOT USED: Mignolet, Klavan, Moreno, Lucas, Woodburn 
 SOUTHAMPTON (4-3-3): Forster 8; Cedric 7, Stephens 8, Yoshida 8, Bertrand 7; Romeu 8.5; Redmond 7.5 (Sims 80mins), Ward-Prowse 6.5 (Hojbjerg 59mins 6), Davies 7, Tadic 7; Rodriguez 6.5 (Long 46mins 6) 
SUBS NOT USEDMartina, Claise, McQueen, Lewis 
GOAL: Long 90+3 
REFEREE: Martin Atkinson 
MAN OF THE MATCH: Oriel Romeu
ATTENDANCE: 52,238 
With Southampton having sold Jose Fonte to West Ham, Van Dijk's injury could not have come at a worst time, but Stephens ensured there was no consequence. In the circumstances it was a giant nil. A big fat zero.
And a huge achievement for the club and coach Claude Puel, considering another rebuilding job was required after more summer, and winter, sales. Southampton will now meet Manchester United or Hull — most likely United – to decide the first trophy of the season. It is a long time since they won a trophy — 1976, in an FA Cup final against Manchester United — but do not bet against a repeat. 
This was a mighty, brave display, surviving a second-half onslaught, conjuring enough chances to win the game by half-time, and then winning it anyway to negate any lingering possibility of one of those famous Anfield comebacks.
It was a typical late goal against a team chasing the game. A Liverpool move broke down, Josh Sims broke away and Long broke the hearts of the locals with a smart finish that put a significant aggregate distance between the teams.
That Stephens had just made a quite outstanding tackle on Divock Origi only added to the sense of triumph for Southampton. Origi fell dramatically and Jurgen Klopp complained furiously, but he was wrong. 
Referee Martin Atkinson's decision was as clean as Stephens' winning of the ball. There was more of a case for a handball against Long in the 84th minute, although it looked worse via replay than it did in real time.
Yet it was Emre Can's shot after 53 minutes that was the game's most significant event, bearing in mind a goalless draw would have seen Southampton progress just the same.   
Steven Gerrard, the former Liverpool midfielder who has recently taken on a role in the club's academy, was in the crowd
Steven Gerrard, the former Liverpool midfielder who has recently taken on a role in the club's academy, was in the crowd
Daniel Sturridge pours water on his face prior to kick-off, having been restored to Liverpool's starting line-up
Daniel Sturridge pours water on his face prior to kick-off, having been restored to Liverpool's starting line-up
Roberto Firmino holds the ball up as he sees off pressure from Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand
Roberto Firmino holds the ball up as he sees off pressure from Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand
Can pulls on the shirt of Southampton midfielder Steven Davis during the first half of the clash at Anfield
Can pulls on the shirt of Southampton midfielder Steven Davis during the first half of the clash at Anfield
Sturridge had an early sight of goal but his shot was comfortably saved by Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster
Sturridge had an early sight of goal but his shot was comfortably saved by Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster
The England international striker holds his head in his hands after seeing his effort saved by Forster
The England international striker holds his head in his hands after seeing his effort saved by Forster
Southampton manager Puel issues instructions from the sidelines as Liverpool dominated play early on
Southampton manager Puel issues instructions from the sidelines as Liverpool dominated play early on
Philippe Coutinho goes to ground as he tries to control the ball under the challenge of James Ward-Prowse
Philippe Coutinho goes to ground as he tries to control the ball under the challenge of James Ward-Prowse
Jurgen Klopp urges his Liverpool team forward during a frustrating first half-hour for the home side at Anfield
Jurgen Klopp urges his Liverpool team forward during a frustrating first half-hour for the home side at Anfield
Former Southampton defender Dejan Lovren tries to prevent Jay Rodriguez from getting a shot away
Former Southampton defender Dejan Lovren tries to prevent Jay Rodriguez from getting a shot away
Loris Karius produced an excellent save from Dusan Tadic to prevent Liverpool falling two goals behind on aggregate
Loris Karius produced an excellent save from Dusan Tadic to prevent Liverpool falling two goals behind on aggregate
Karius turns to pounce on a loose ball following his superb save to deny Saints forward Tadic in the first half
Karius turns to pounce on a loose ball following his superb save to deny Saints forward Tadic in the first half
Perhaps the ball caught the icy wind and fooled Forster, who let it slip from his grasp. It looked certain to cross the line, only for the Southampton man to recover and somehow drag it back to safety. What a precision movement it turned out to be, too, somehow avoiding the woodwork, Daniel Sturridge and an unlucky ricochet from his own man.
Technology showed around one fifth of the ball over the line. Maybe in the old days the will of The Kop would have seen it given by an impressionable official. Another ghost goal. It is good to know the system works, then — on the goal-line at least.
Yet to imply the match was all Liverpool does Southampton a disservice. Had they taken their first-half chances the match would have been over before the break. For 45 minutes, Southampton had the best chances, the best shape and the better organisation. 
Forster was barely threatened and Nathan Redmond threatened to run riot down the left. Southampton kept their passing tight with the wind in their faces — the conditions were no friend to the ambitious — and had the first opportunity of the game after 13 minutes, a well-worked move from right to left, James Ward-Prowse finding Redmond and eventually putting in Ryan Bertrand, whose shot struck the side-netting.
Southampton seemed to be targeting the left flank, and the youthful Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was game but had two flying machines to contend with in Bertrand and Redmond. In the 29th minute, Bertrand whipped in a dangerous cross, which a flaky Dejan Lovren headed out low when a kicked clearance would have been perfectly adequate. 
The ball fell to Steven Davis, whose shot was blocked on the way to goal. But Southampton had sensed a way in, or rather Redmond had.
In the space of three late first-half minutes he took Liverpool's defence on in numbers. Two brilliant runs, red shirts trailing in his wake. A clip and he could have gone down and earned his side a penalty but to his credit he had higher aspirations.  

Klopp 'will not ignore' performance after cup defeat

Loaded: 0%
Progress: 0%
0:00
Previous
Play
Skip
Mute
Current Time0:00
/
Duration Time2:00
Fullscreen
Need Text

Klopp can't hide his frustrations as, with half-time closing in, Liverpool looked to be the more likely side to concede
Klopp can't hide his frustrations as, with half-time closing in, Liverpool looked to be the more likely side to concede
Puel was equally irritated as he watched Tadic and Davis spurn golden chances to put Saints on the road to victory
Puel was equally irritated as he watched Tadic and Davis spurn golden chances to put Saints on the road to victory
Southampton's Oriol Romeu clips the heels of Coutinho as the Brazilian struggled to make an impression on proceedings
Southampton's Oriol Romeu clips the heels of Coutinho as the Brazilian struggled to make an impression on proceedings
Davis blazed over in from close range in front of the Kop with eight minutes of the first period remaining
Davis blazed over in from close range in front of the Kop with eight minutes of the first period remaining
Rodriguez brings the ball down on his chest as he backs into Lovren during what turned out to be a goalless first period
Rodriguez brings the ball down on his chest as he backs into Lovren during what turned out to be a goalless first period
The Kop was frustrated during the opening 45 minutes as they watched their side play for a place at Wembley
The Kop was frustrated during the opening 45 minutes as they watched their side play for a place at Wembley
Sadly, on both occasions, team-mates failed him. First, after 37 minutes, Redmond sped into the area, stayed on his feet and slipped the ball inside to Dusan Tadic. 
Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has been much criticised this season but this time he was quite brilliant, coming off his line with the urgency of a fire engine dashing to a burning factory and smothering Tadic's shot, which seemed a certain goal.
From the next attack, Redmond did it again — another marauding run, Liverpool's defence helpless, his team-mate wasteful. This time it was Davis, taking a touch to control before blasting over the bar.
The second half, as one would expect, was a siege. Wave after wave of Liverpool pressure, willed on by the home crowd, their voices swirling around Anfield in a chill breeze. Daniel Sturridge could have scored twice in four minutes, Philippe Coutinho another a minute later.
Fans know what Liverpool players are capable of. Istanbul, the 2006 FA Cup final, last season's epic against Borussia Dortmund. Southampton were at full stretch to resist them.  
Nathan Redmond was a constant thorn in Liverpool's side - here he takes on Joel Matip
Nathan Redmond was a constant thorn in Liverpool's side - here he takes on Joel Matip
Sturridge flashes his volley over the top of the crossbar from six yards out, with Forster well and truly beaten
Sturridge flashes his volley over the top of the crossbar from six yards out, with Forster well and truly beaten
Moments later, Sturridge prodded over again - this time when he was left unmarked to meet a cross from the left wing
Moments later, Sturridge prodded over again - this time when he was left unmarked to meet a cross from the left wing
Ward-Prowse clutches his left foot after colliding with a team-mate - the midfielder had to be replaced
Ward-Prowse clutches his left foot after colliding with a team-mate - the midfielder had to be replaced
Milner dives into a challenge on Maya Yoshida as the home side huffed and puffed for an all-important goal
Milner dives into a challenge on Maya Yoshida as the home side huffed and puffed for an all-important goal
Henderson and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg square up during the second half of the encounter at Anfield
Henderson and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg square up during the second half of the encounter at Anfield
Southampton's fans enjoy Long's late strike for the visitors as they booked a place in the Wembley final
Southampton's fans enjoy Long's late strike for the visitors as they booked a place in the Wembley final
Puel clenches his fists in celebration after watching his side move into the EFL Cup final
Puel clenches his fists in celebration after watching his side move into the EFL Cup final
Southampton players congratulate each other after the full-time whistle at Anfield on Wednesday night
Southampton players congratulate each other after the full-time whistle at Anfield on Wednesday night
In the 59th minute, an excellent James Milner cross bobbled and rebounded around the area, unwilling to be cleared.
It fell, eventually, to Sturridge on the volley, twisting in the air, close to goal. He could not get it down, and his shot flew well over.
Soon after, Sturridge again, meeting a cross from Jordan Henderson with a delayed run into the area. Over again. Finally, an Adam Lallana cross from the right reached Coutinho on the volley from a good position. 
He attempted a flick into the far corner but got his angles wrong. It travelled harmlessly wide, nearer the flag than the net.
So Southampton are first to Wembley this season, while Liverpool will rue another missed opportunity. Since their last trophy, they have lost three finals, three semi-finals and finished second in the league. 
Klopp smiled and congratulated the victors at the end, but if something does not give soon, it will begin to look a little forced.
The Saints go over to the stands to recognise the support of their travelling fans after beating Liverpool at Anfield
The Saints go over to the stands to recognise the support of their travelling fans after beating Liverpool at Anfield
Dejected Liverpool players Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum applaud the fans as they leave the field
Dejected Liverpool players Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum applaud the fans as they leave the field


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4157118/Liverpool-0-1-Southampton-Saints-reach-EFL-Cup-final.html#ixzz4WpV7LDNS

No comments:

Post a Comment

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT TO WIN A PRIZE EVERY FORTNIGHT

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

TWITTER POSTS

Popular Posts - Last 7 days

Popular Posts - Last 30 days

Popular Posts - All Time

STORY SOURCE

The best stories & news from The Star Online, NST, Malaysian Digest, Asiaone, Beautifulnara, Rotikaya, Ohbulan, TheMalayMailOnline, Siakap Keli, Malaysian Insider, Free Malaysia Today and Yahoo are shared in this BLOG bestfbkl.blogspot.com

This Blog claims no credit for any images or stories on this site unless otherwise posted.

Post and Images on this blog are copyright to its respectful owners.

If there is a post or image appearing on this blog that belongs to you and do not wish for it to appear on this site, please email with a link to the said image, it will be promptly removed.

Google+ Followers