Liverpool suffers stunning FA Cup loss
WOLVES 2, LIVERPOOL 1
Liverpool’s season continued to implode as second-tier side Wolverhampton Wanderers inflicted the latest setback in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Wolves won, 2-1, at Anfield to cap a week of misery for Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp. The English Premier League title challenge faltered further in a loss to Swansea, and the League Cup run ended in a semifinal defeat to Southampton.
Since beating Manchester City on New Year’s Eve, Liverpool has won only once in 2017, against fourth-tier side Plymouth in the third round of the FA Cup.
Losing to Wolves at the next hurdle leaves Klopp with only the Premier League to contend for, and Liverpool is 10 points behind Chelsea heading into Tuesday’s game against the leader.
Richard Stearman headed Wolves in front in the first minute at Anfield, and Andreas Weimann doubled the visitors’ lead four minutes before halftime. Divock Origi pulled one back in the 86th, but Liverpool couldn’t force a replay against a team that is 18th in the 24-team League Championship.
Elsewhere, another Premier League challenger came close to a greater humiliation in the FA Cup, but Tottenham managed to fight back against fourth-tier side Wycombe Wanderers. Son Heungmin pounced in the seventh minute of stoppage time to recover Tottenham’s 4-3 victory.
SPAIN: Atletico Madrid’s La Liga title chances took another hit after a scoreless draw at Alaves.
It was the second consecutive league draw for Atletico, keeping Diego Simeone’s team in fourth place, seven points off the lead.
GERMANY: Goals from Arjen Robben and David Alaba held up as Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich produced another uninspired performance in beating host Werder Bremen, 2-1, while Leipzig kept pace by defeating previously unbeaten Hoffenheim, 2-1.
Hoffenheim had been the last unbeaten team across Europe’s five biggest leagues. Marcel Sabitzer struck the winner with just over 10 minutes remaining for visiting Leipzig.
AFRICA: Senegal and Sadio Mane blew it at the Africa Cup of Nations, with the title favorite’s star player missing the decisive spot kick in a penalty shootout loss to Cameroon in a quarterfinal in Franceville, Gabon.
Mane saw his penalty, Senegal’s fifth and final, saved by Cameroon goalkeeper Joseph Ondoa. Vincent Aboubakar then stepped up to blast underdog Cameroon into the last four of the tournament.
The game finished 0-0 after extra time, and Cameroon won, 5-4, in the shootout, with Mane’s the only miss.
Earlier, Burkina Faso made the semifinals after two late goals beat Tunisia, 2-0, in Libreville, Gabon.