Reds youngsters held by Ply­mouth as Blues cruise

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - First leg to come against Southamp­ton on Wed­nes­day, Liver­pool man­ager Juer­gen in­ter­na­tional

LON­DON: Fourth-tier Ply­mouth Ar­gyle shut up shop and kept the door firmly closed to earn a su­perb 0-0 draw away to Liver­pool’s youngest ever start­ing XI in yes­ter­day’s FA Cup third round tie at An­field.

De­ter­mined de­fend­ing and un­stint­ing ef­fort kept the League Two team in the game against op­po­nents ly­ing sec­ond in the Pre­mier League, al­most 70 places above them.

Lead­ers Chelsea had no such trou­ble against third tier Peter­bor­ough United, win­ning 4-1 de­spite hav­ing John Terry sent off, and Mid­dles­brough also had a man dis­missed but beat Sh­effield Wed­nes­day 3-0.

With a League Cup semi­fi­nal Klopp had made 10 changes from the side that drew at Sun­der­land last Mon­day and fielded five teenagers.

Spurred on by al­most 9 000 noisy fans who had trav­elled the 470 kilo­me­tres to Mersey­side, Ar­gyle de­fended stoutly while show­ing lit­tle am­bi­tion to go for­ward and test a Liver­pool de­fence in which Joe Gomez re­turnedafter more than 15 months’ ab­sence with in­jury.

They had only 23 per­cent of the pos­ses­sion, not man­ag­ing a shot for 60 min­utes and fi­nally bring­ing a save from goal­keeper Loris Kar­ius five min­utes later.

The home side, how­ever, had few out­stand­ing chances de­spite 28 at­tempts on goal.

Sheyi Ojo, 19, missed with a header from six me­tres out early on, 17-year-old Ben Wood­burn was de­nied by goal­keeper Luke McCormick and when Divock Origi put the ball in the net he was ad­judged to have fouled his marker.

Klopp waited un­til just over an hour had been played be­fore mak­ing any sub­sti­tu­tions. He sent on Daniel Stur­ridge for Emre Can and the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional im­me­di­ately put a shot just wide.

Adam Lal­lana and Roberto Firmino then re­placed Ovie Ejaria, 19, and Wood­burn.

A lively pres­ence, the Welsh­man had nev­er­the­less been de­nied fur­ther scor­ing chances by Ply­mouth’s packed de­fence and tight mark­ing.

As pres­sure in­creased in the last 10 min­utes, Stur­ridge sent a weak header and then a low drive wide, and McCormick clutched a de­flec­tion off a de­fender right on the line to earn a re­play.

Span­ish Pe­dro scored twice as Chelsea went through at home to Peter­bor­ough.

He gave them the lead after 18 min­utes, which was ex­tended by Bel­gian for­ward Michi Bat­shuayi and Wil­lian.

Terry, mak­ing his first start since Oc­to­ber, was then sent off for drag­ging down Lee An­gol to pre­vent a clear goalscor­ing op­por­tu­nity, but Pe­dro scored his sec­ond goal for the 10 men after Tom Ni­chols pulled one back.

De­fender Daniel Ayala was the Mid­dles­brough mis­cre­ant at home to Cham­pi­onship side Wed­nes­day, also re­ceiv­ing a straight red.

The Pre­mier League team led 1-0 at that point after skip­per Grant Lead­bit­ter’s di­rect free-kick.

Al­varo Ne­gredo scored a sec­ond fol­low­ing a goal­keep­ing er­ror and Marten de Roon claimed the third in added time.

Ear­lier Ful­ham reached the fourth round with a 2-1 win away to Cardiff City.

The win­ning goal was bun­dled in by 16-year-old Ryan Sesseg­non, an Eng­land Un­der-17 in­ter­na­tional, mak­ing him one of the youngest scor­ers in the his­tory of the com­pe­ti­tion.

In the late game Spurs beat As­ton Villa 2-0 to ad­vance. – Reuters

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