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Liverpool strike late to knock Arsenal out of FA Cup, Manchester City cruise

Fielding a strong side, City suffered a setback when they lost defender Manuel Akanji to injury early in the first half

Reuters Manchester Published 08.01.24, 06:41 AM
Pep Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola. File picture

An own goal by Jakub Kiwior and a thumping late strike by Luis Diaz sealed a 2-0 victory for Liverpool at Arsenal in the weekend’s headline FA Cup third-round tie as the hosts’ dismal form extended into the New Year on Sunday.

Arsenal wasted a sackful of chances in the first half and were made to pay as Liverpool skipper Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick glanced off the head of Kiwior in the 80th minute.

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Diaz then made sure of eight-time winners Liverpool’s place in the fourth-round draw as he lashed home in stoppage time.

League leaders Liverpool had been second-best in the opening period with Arsenal unable to make the most of a flurry of early chances — captain Martin Odegaard coming closest as he rattled the crossbar with a powerful drive.

Arsenal have now lost their last three games in all competitions.

De Bruyne returns

Phil Foden scored twice as holders Manchester City cruised into the fourth round with a 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town, with playmaker Kevin De Bruyne making a welcome return after four months out with a hamstring injury.

Fielding a strong side, City suffered a setback when they lost defender Manuel Akanji to injury early in the first half, but Foden’s superb finishing and De Bruyne’s comeback gave coach Pep Guardiola plenty to be happy about.

Huddersfield, who are hovering just above the relegation zone in England’s second-tier Championship, fell behind in the 33rd minute when Foden rifled the ball into the net from a tight angle, and striker Julian Alvarez poked home a second four minutes later.

De Bruyne entered the fray in the 57th minute and City added their third a minute later as Norwegian winger Oscar Bobb tried to pick out the Belgian at the far post, only to see his deflected cross loop into the net to make it 3-0.

Foden added his second in the 65th minute, and nine minutes later De Bruyne teed up fellow substitute Jeremy Doku to complete the rout.

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