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West Ham 2-1 Liverpool: Ogbonna late strike dumps Reds out of FA Cup

Published 09/02/2016

Angelo Ogbonna Obinza of West Ham United is mobbed in celebration by team mates as he scores their second goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on February 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Angelo Ogbonna Obinza of West Ham United is mobbed in celebration by team mates as he scores their second goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on February 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Angelo Ogbonna Obinza of West Ham United celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on February 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Mark Noble of West Ham United jokes with Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool after the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on February 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Goalkeeper Darren Randolph of West Ham United makes a save during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on February 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool signals during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on February 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool talks to substitute Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on February 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Slaven Bilic manager of West Ham United shouts during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on February 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Liverpool fans protest against against Fenway Sports Group and the ticket prices in the stands during the Emirates FA Cup, fourth round replay match at Upton Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER West Ham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
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Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp speaks with Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (L) during the English FA Cup fourth round replay football match between West Ham United and Liverpool at The Boleyn Ground in Upton Park, east London, on February 9, 2016. / AFP / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Divock Origi of Liverpool is challenged by Michail Antonio of West Ham United during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on February 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Joao Carlos Teixeira of Liverpool evades Winston Reid of West Ham United during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on February 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Joao Carlos Teixeira of Liverpool evades Mark Noble (L) and Winston Reid of West Ham United during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on February 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp smiles as he watches his players warm up ahead of the English FA Cup fourth round replay football match between West Ham United and Liverpool at The Boleyn Ground in Upton Park, east London, on February 9, 2016. / AFP / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool warms up prior to the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on February 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool (R) and Zeljko Buvac assistant manager of Liverpool look on prior to the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on February 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
A general view inside the ground prior to the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on February 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

A goal from Angelo Obinze Ogbonna in the final minute of extra-time sealed West Ham United's progression to the fifth round of the FA Cup following a dramatic 2-1 victory over Liverpool.

The fourth-round replay was heading for a penalty shoot-out when centre-half Ogbonna, thrust into attack as a final throw of the dice, headed in the winner.

West Ham can now look forward to a fifth-round trip to Blackburn after a youthful Liverpool side were eventually sent tumbling out.

Michail Antonio had given the hosts the lead, only for Philippe Coutinho to reply for the Reds just after half-time.

But Ogbonna made it an uncomfortable evening to be a losing manager, not least one who had had his appendix removed just three days earlier like Jurgen Klopp.

The home fans knew this was likely to be the last FA Cup tie under the lights at Upton Park, and the famous old ground crackled with an atmosphere it will surely be impossible to recreate at the Olympic Stadium.

The match was worthy of the occasion, as well. In a breakneck first half alone, West Ham were twice denied by the woodwork, while Liverpool also rattled a post before Antonio broke the deadlock.

Hammers full-back Joey O'Brien was first to be frustrated by the frame of the goal when his shot was deflected against the base of Simon Mignolet's upright.

But Liverpool's rookies, aided by the experience of Coutinho and out-of-favour striker Christian Benteke, looked the more dangerous in the early stages.

The senior duo combined when Benteke reached the byline and cut the ball back for Coutinho, whose first-time shot clipped an upright.

Moments later West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet, reportedly the subject of a big-money bid from a Chinese club, curled a superb free-kick against the post.

Antonio headed the rebound back towards goal but Mignolet did brilliantly to scramble back to his feet and make a diving save.

The breakthrough came on the stroke of half-time when Enner Valencia crossed to the far post, where Antonio side-footed a volley into the back of the net.

Yet the lead lasted less than three minutes of the second half, after Liverpool were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box.

Coutinho shaped to curl the ball over the West Ham wall, but as the players jumped the Brazilian cheekily drove it underneath them and past startled goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

West Ham were convinced they should have had a penalty when Tiago Ilori pulled back Valencia as he attempted to reach Antonio's cross, but referee Roger East did not agree.

Valencia could have won in normal time but headed Payet's cross over, while Benteke and Jordon Ibe forced saves from Randolph.

Early in extra time Mignolet was in action again to palm away a curler from Mark Noble before Benteke passed up two clear-cut chances, blazing wide from 16 yards before firing too close to Randolph.

Then England striker Daniel Sturridge, on as a substitute for Liverpool after another spell out injured, fired a rasping drive inches over the crossbar.

But as the clock ticked down Ogbonna trotted forward and managed to get his head to Payet's free-kick to spark delirious scenes among the Upton Park faithful.

Match Preview

We look at some of the issues surrounding the game.

WILL JURGEN KLOPP BE FIT?

The German returned to work less than 48 hours after having his appendix removed and will travel with the team to Upton Park, although he admits he will have to subdue his usual over-active behaviour on the sidelines. Apart from "a few holes" in his body Klopp insists he is raring to go having taken Monday training.

CAN KLOPP RISK PLAYING THE YOUNGSTERS AGAIN?

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has pledged to field a strong team but Klopp has so far played below-strength sides as he tries to offset significant fixture congestion.

In the first encounter he played seven first-teamers - although only three were regulars - in an attempt to avoid a replay but with their league form so inconsistent it may be time to concentrate on the cups.

IS THIS THE MOMENT FOR DANIEL STURRIDGE?

The much-injured England international has not played for two months but, ahead of schedule, he was a surprise inclusion as an unused substitute for Saturday's draw against Sunderland. If he is deemed fit enough to be on the bench then Klopp may as well give him a run from the off as in his four starts this season he has scored four goals.

DOES THE FAVOURITES TAG SIT WELL WITH WEST HAM?

It should. So far this season they have scored five goals without answer in the two league matches against the Reds and while they have never beaten them three times in the same campaign Liverpool's inconsistency, added to their fixture fatigue, plays into the hands of the hosts.

SHOULD THE HAMMERS BE PRIORITISING THE CUP OVER THE LEAGUE?

The sixth-placed Hammers are unlikely to make a late challenge for a Champions League spot so what better way to open their new home next season than with a shiny piece of silverware to parade around the Olympic Stadium.

With Blackburn, six points off relegation in the Championship and having just sold leading scorer Jordan Rhodes, awaiting in the next round a quarter-final place is there for the taking.

That looks even more inviting when you consider there are three all-Premier League fifth-round ties.

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