Fabinho strikes twice to steer Liverpool past Shrewsbury in FA Cup 3rd round
Sports Desk, Jan 9 (EFE).- Fabinho on Sunday scored a brace to seal Liverpool’s comeback in a 4-1 win over third-tier Shrewsbury in the third round of the FA Cup.
The Reds, with several changes on the starting eleven, conceded a goal shortly before the half-hour mark, when Daniel Udoh connected to a Nathanael Ogbeta cross to draw first blood.
A close-range left-footed shot by Kaide Gordon, who dribbled around a couple of defenders within the area, equalized the contest in the 34th minute, 10 minutes before Fabinho scored his first goal from the 12-yard spot.
Super-sub Roberto Firmino put the game out of Shrewsbury’s reach on a nice, close-range back-heel touch in the 78th minute, about a quarter hour after taking the field.
Three minutes into second-half stoppage time, Fabinho rounded off the result as he collected a ball deflected from the defense and fired it home.
Elsewhere, Tottenham Hostpur pulled off a comeback of their own, in their 3-1 win over third-tier Morecambe, who took the lead in the 33rd minute thanks to a close-range shot by Anthony O’Connor.
Over a 14-minute stretch, the Spurs scored three goals with Harry Winks (74) and super-subs Lucas Moura (85) and Harry Kane (88) doing the honors to seal the win.
West Ham had a somewhat easier time in defeating Leeds 2-0 on the strength of goals from Manuel Lanzini in the 33rd minute and Jarrod Bowen in second-half injury time.