London – Angelo Ogbonna headed home a winning goal in stoppage time of extra time to give West Ham a dramatic 2-1 victory over Liverpool in their F.A. Cup fourth round replay on Tuesday.
Ogbonna’s strike in the 121st minute at Upton Park earned West Ham a last-16 match at Championship team Blackburn Rovers.
“It is a special night for our club and I’m so proud and happy for our players and proud of everyone who has any connection with the club,” manager Slaven Bilic said after West Ham’s first-ever F.A. Cup win against Liverpool.
“We scored a great header in the last second of the game, and we had injuries, and we overcame all of that. So that’s why this game will go down in the history as one of the greatest nights and games for our club.”
West Ham opened the scoring on the stroke of halftime when Ecuador striker Enner Valencia sent a ball across the Liverpool goal that was met with a volley by winger Michail Antonio.
Liverpool equalized from a free kick in the 48th minute after Pedro Obiang brought down striker Christian Benteke on the edge of the area.
Philippe Coutinho drove the ball low and hard under the wall to score, but the match remained deadlocked at 1-1 after 90 minutes. It then looked destined for a penalty shootout until Italy international Ogbonna grabbed the winner, meeting Dmitry Payet’s curling free kick with a powerful header.
Liverpool had earlier been fortunate that a tug on Valencia by Tiago Ilori in the penalty box was ignored by referee Roger East in the 66th minute.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp was back at the helm after missing Saturday’s Premier League match because of appendicitis.
“Tomorrow when we get up the sun will shine and if we feel all at one at Liverpool then we can take a lot of positives from this game and make the next step,” he said.