Liver­pool knocks off Ever­ton with dra­matic goal by Origi

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - STEVE DOU­GLAS

Liver­pool de­fender Vir­gil van Dijk turned away in dis­gust. The Kop fell silent in dis­ap­point­ment. Ever­ton soc­cer fans likely breathed a sigh of re­lief at the other end of An­field.

A tense and hard-fought Mersey­side derby looked des­tined to fin­ish in a goal­less stale­mate Sun­day af­ter Van Dijk skied a spec­u­la­tive, mis-hit shot high into the air in the sixth minute of in­jury time.

Then came the most dra­matic end­ing imag­in­able.

The ball bounced on top of the cross­bar not just once but twice, first off the fin­ger­tips of Ever­ton goal­keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford.

Time seemed to stand still as the ball dropped down to Liver­pool striker Divock Origi to nod into the net from a me­tre out to se­cure a 1-0 win.

“For me, the sit­u­a­tion was fin­ished when the ball left (Van Dijk’s) foot,” Liver­pool man­ager Juer­gen Klopp said.

Klopp had re­acted to the goal by run­ning onto the field and punch­ing the air, be­fore jump­ing into the arms of Liver­pool goal­keeper Alis­son Becker.

“I didn’t want to be dis­re­spect­ful,” Klopp said, “but I couldn’t stop my­self. It just hap­pened.”

By los­ing in the cru­ellest of ways, Ever­ton re­mained with­out a win at An­field since 1999.

Arsenal pow­ers on

Arsenal moved above Tot­ten­ham, on goal dif­fer­ence, into fourth place thanks to a 4-2 win over its fierce north London ri­val in a game that had it all: Penal­ties, a red card, clashes be­tween play­ers and fans light­ing flares in the stands.

The vic­tory ex­tended Arsenal’s un­beaten run in all com­pe­ti­tions to 19 matches, un­der­scor­ing the ex­cel­lent work done by man­ager Unai Emery in his first season at the club.

Fans lit flares in the stands af­ter the last two goals.

Tot­ten­ham had cen­tre back Jan Ver­tonghen sent off in the sec­ond half.

Arsenal achieved the win with­out play­maker Me­sut Ozil, with the club cit­ing “back spasms” as the rea­son for his lat­est non­ap­pear­ance.

Kante makes amends

Days af­ter be­ing on the end of some rare crit­i­cism, N’Golo Kante showed just why he is such an im­por­tant player for Chelsea.

The France mid­fielder set up the first goal in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Ful­ham by break­ing up play near half­way, driv­ing for­ward at pace, and then lay­ing the ball off for Pe­dro Ro­driguez to score in the fourth minute.

It was typ­i­cal scaveng­ing work by Kante, who was called out pub­licly in mid­week by his coach Mau­r­izio Sarri for his poor per­for­mance in Chelsea’s 3-1 loss to Tot­ten­ham last week­end.


Ever­ton goal­keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford saves a ball in front of Liver­pool for­ward Divock Origi be­fore Origi scores.

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