Full time: West Ham 3-2 Liverpool
Peeeeeeeeeeeeeep peeeeeeeeeeeeep! West Ham move above Liverpool and into third place after a famous victory!
90+4 min Origi heads straight at Fabianski from Alexander-Arnold’s cross! It was a half chance at best.
90+1 min: What a chance for Mane! Alexander-Arnold flipped the free-kick to the far post, where Mane was unmarked in the six-yard box. He stooped to head the ball back across goal but it drifted just wide.
90 min Soucek is penalised for a push on Minamino 25 yards from goal. The free-kick is a fair way to the right of centre, possibly too wide for the right-footed Alexander-Arnold. Salah, on the other hand…
87 min The entire game is now taking place in the West Ham half. Most of it is taking place in their third.
GOAL! West Ham 3-2 Liverpool (Origi 83)
Divock Origi has dragged Liverpool back into the game! A loose ball broke to him on the edge of the area after Alexander-Arnold was challenged. Origi turned Dawson smartly and hit a left-footed shot that bobbled into the far corner.
83 min Liverpool certainly haven’t given this up, and if they get one now anything could happen.
82 min Salah, on the right side of the area, twists Cresswell inside out and then back in again. Eventually he’s challenged by Rice and the ball breaks to Thiago, whose low shot from the edge of the area is comfortably saved by Fabianski.
79 min “Como?” says Luca Giacopuzzi. “I guess you meant Hellas Verona?”
I meant Como. But if I was being serious, my fantasy season ticket woul of course be Sampdoria 1990-91.
77 min West Ham’s three greatest strengths are set-pieces, counter-attacks and defensive organisation, and they have been right on top of their game with all three.
Bowen curled a booming, inswinging corner beyond the far post, where Zouma leapt imperiously to head past the scrambling Alisson. David Moyes, who is usually quite low-key on the touchline, is going ballistic. This has been a sensational performance for West Ham.
74 min Another West Ham break! Fornals releases Antonio, whose shot is blocked by van Dijk. The ball deflects behind for a corner…
73 min Alisson makes a great save for Fornals, though it wouldn’t have counted as he was offside. It was another marvellous counter-attack from West Ham, with Antonio robbing Fabinho and running 60 yards before poking the ball through to Fornals.
72 min “Can you imagine what it must have been like to be a Napoli fan during the Maradona / Mars years?” says Simon McMahon. “If I could go back in time and experience a particular era as a fan of any club, Naples in the late 1980s would be high up on my list.”
Como 1984-85 for me, Clive.
71 min Another dangerous West Ham break. Bowen tries to twist away from van Dijk and instantly realises his error as van Dijk shepherds the ball out of play.
69 min Henderson’s very deep cross is headed into the side netting by Jota. A very tricky chance.
69 min Thiago Alcantara comes on for Oxlade-Chamberlain. I think Liverpool were going to make that change before the goal.
It was a devastating counter-attack from West Ham. Mane lost the ball 40 yards from goal and West Ham were off. Bowen surged straight at the heart of the Liverpool defence, a scintillating run, and poked the ball through to Fornals on the edge of the area. His low left-footed drive went through the hand of the diving Alisson and dribbled into the net.
66 min “‘Updated the Mars shirt’?” sniffs Andrew Hurley. “Wouldn’t keeping it exactly as it was be absolutely perfect?!”
Oh aye, but their shirt manufacturers might have something to say about it. I think the Mars one was Ennerre, and it’s Kappa who make them now. Then you have the shirt sponsor to consider. Bloody money in football.
65 min Johnson muscles Mane off the ball, 30 yards from goal, and drives a low shot wide of the near post. That was pretty impressive – not the shot so much as the brusque manner in which he dealt with Mane.
63 min “Hello Rob,” says Kári Tulinius. “To answer my own question, I submit Rinus Michels. After his glorious 1974 La Liga title, and his Netherlands’ run to the World Cup final, all that he had to brag about for the next decade plus was a Copa del Rey in ‘78 and a German Cup in ‘82. But then he took a great Dutch team to the Euro ‘88 title.”
Was he managed at Euro 92 as well? They were arguably an even better team then, though they ballsed it up against Denmark. Some of their football in the 3-1 win over Germany was seriously total.
61 min Jota fouls Rice 30 yards from goal on the right wing. Bowen’s free-kick is headed away at the near post by Henderson. Bowen collects the loose ball and puts in another cross; this time van Dijk heads clear.
59 min A few of you have suggested that Salah dived for the free-kick that led to Liverpool’s equaliser. There’s one angle that supports that view, though it’s hard to be absolutely sure as you can’t see whether his foot is clipped. At first I thought it was a clear foul by Rice but now I’m not so sure. We know Salah has form, certainly against West Ham. Then again, Liverpool could argue they should have been palying against 10 men from the 8th minute.
57 min: Chance for Salah! Mane’s cross deflects towards the edge of the area, where Salah waits for the ball to bounce and then whacks it wide of the near post. It was a pretty tricky chance, even for him.
57 min “Hi Rob,” says Peter Oh. “That Maradona tribute jersey looks like a fashion crime scene.”
56 min Benrahma has been excellent today by the way. He’s such a neat, progressive player.
55 min Salah has a shot blocked by Zouma. West Ham break and Alexander-Arnold is booked for an unsuccessful attempt to pull back Benrahma.
54 min “I can see Colum Fordham’s point,” says Matt Dony. “It’s a shame the off-field adventures probably held Maradona back from reaching Trent’s level.”
52 min: Chance for Mane! This is turning into a cracking game. Alexander-Arnold waves a typical crossfield pass to Robertson, who cushions it back across goal on the volley. Mane meets it on the volley himself, but his shot is too straight and bounces off Fabianski. Either side and Fabianski would have struggled to save that.
50 min: Dawson hits the bar! Cresswell’s cross goes behind for a corner off Henderson’s elbow. Fornals curls another wicked corner into the six-yard box, where Dawson flicks a header onto the top of the bar!
49 min “Watching Trent’s free kick,” says Paul Fields, “I was mostly thinking how amusing it is to see a defender lying on the floor behind the wall watching a beautifully flighted free-kick arrow into the top corner.”