Liver­pool suf­fers stunning FA Cup loss


The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS -

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.

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