Liverpool holds off Mansfield Town to advance in FA Cup
London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Liverpool continued to gain dividends from bringing Daniel Sturridge in the fold as the 23-year-old forward scored in the 7th minute and Luis Suarez added one more in the 59th minute to lift the Reds over Mansfield Town 2-1 in Sunday’s FA Cup match at One Call Stadium.
Liverpool booked its ticket to the next round of FA Cup, leaning on a potent attacking tandem of Sturridge and Suarez.
Sturridge scored his second goal since joining the Reds last week in the opening minutes while Suarez doubled Liverpool’s lead with a beautiful goal in the second half.
Matthew Green tried to keep Mansfield Town within striking distance after scoring a tally in the 79th minute but the Reds defense held its ground and fended off all attacks.
With the win, Liverpool arranged a fourth-round duel with Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup tournament. Oldham Athletic secured a place in this stage of the competition after recording a 3-2 win over Nottingham Forrest at City Ground.
Meanwhile, Arsenal and Swansea City played to a 2-2 draw in their third-round FA Cup match Saturday. After a fruitless first 45 minutes, Swansea opened up the action-packed second half with a goal from Michu in the 58th minute.
Arsenal fought back with Lukas Podolski and Kieran Gibbs scoring in the 81st and 83rd minute respectively but Danny Graham came through with an equalizer in the 87th minute.
With the outcome, Arsenal and Swansea City will face again in a replay for a chance to move on in the FA Cup tourney.