Premier League | Liverpool, Arsenal share spoils after game ends with 3-3 stalemate

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Premier League | Liverpool, Arsenal share spoils after game ends with 3-3 stalemate

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SportsCafe Desk

12/23/2017

Roberto Firmino's sublime finish helped Liverpool secure a draw in an incredible Premier League encounter that had seen Arsenal score as many as three goals in just five second-half minutes. The point meant Liverpool held onto fourth place, with Arsenal remaining fifth - a point behind the Reds.

Philippe Coutinho had put Liverpool in front in the 26th minute of the game as the Brazil international beat Petr Cech with a deft header after Mohamed Salah's cross looped up off Laurent Koscielny. But while Jurgen Klopp's side dominated the first half, they also failed to make many chances count. 

But the Reds started the second half with a dominating fashion and doubled their advantage shortly after the restart with Salah's shot deflecting in after Firmino led a superb counter-attack. However, Arsenal were not a team to be bogged down by this as they counter-attacked in front and managed to score three goals inside five remarkable minutes.

Alexis Sanchez headed through the legs of Simon Mignolet from Hector Bellerin's cross, and then the goalkeeper was also beaten too easily by Granit Xhaka's long range drive. The comeback was seemingly complete thanks to Mesut Ozil's sensational finish, the playmaker chipping Mignolet after a sublime one-two with Alexandre Lacazette, but Firmino beat Cech with 19 minutes left to level the match.

After throwing away another lead, Liverpool now stay in the fourth place, but the dreadful defending from both sides indicated that they would struggle for the Champions League qualification if they will not improve that area. 

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