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Legendary Liverpool goals - Michael Owen versus Arsenal 05/12/2001

In 2001 Liverpool were on the verge of losing to a very strong Arsenal team in the FA Cup final. But star striker Michael Owen turned the game around in the final minutes and the Reds won the FA Cup for the sixth time.

The 2001 season was one of the most successful and outstanding seasons of all time for the Reds. Under Gérard Houllier, Liverpool won an extraordinary treble after three years without trophies with the UEFA Cup, the League Cup and of course the FA Cup. Later in August they defeated FC Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup, rounding off a remarkable season.

The team at that time was made up of many old stars and upcoming legends, who are still sung about in songs in the stadium today and who are regularly allowed to actively talk about their achievements at events. In addition to a young Steven Gerrard (PFA Young Player of the Season), legends like Sami Hyypiä, Robbie Fowler, Patrick Berger, Vladimir Šmicer, Gary MacAllister, the German Hamann, Ziege and Babbel, we are focusing today on one of the most successful strikers and now a controversial ambassador serving Liverpool FC - Michael Owen.

Two English giants - two French icons

The "Millennium Stadium" in Cardiff was the venue for the finals that year, replacing the Wembley Stadium, which was under renovation at the time. The Reds faced the Gunners for the first time since 1971 in a final. It was also to be the great duel of the second French heavyweights among the managers - Arsène Wenger and Gérard Houllier.

The game started with the Gunners with a strong offensive attitude, while the Reds primarily focused on counterattacks. The first highlight was a missed penalty for Arsenal when Thierry Henry dribbled past Westerveld and Henchoz thwarted the goal with his hand. Despite the high possession rate, it was 0-0 at break.

The first real chance for the Reds came in the second half with a header from Heskey, but the legendary David Seaman parried confidently. Sami Hyypiä was then allowed to play the firefighter twice - Thierry Henry defeated Westerveld again, the Finn cleared on the line, a short time later he cleared a shot from Ljungberg. When the Gunners took a 1-0 lead through Ljungberg in the 72nd minute, the game was completely tipped in favor of the Londoners.

Owen's double pack gives Liverpool the FA Cup

The game of the Reds became increasingly active and aggressive after falling behind. Carragher is fouled on the left and the Reds get a free kick in the 83rd minute. The cross comes up into the penalty area and is beheaded back and forth, bounces off Babbel's head briefly on the ground and Michael Owen, with enough space, starts to pull the side and catapults the ball past Seaman into the left corner. Balance, the stadium shakes and the game is completely open again!

The next magical moment came just five minutes later. Patrick Berger with a ball over 60 meters into Michael Owen's run, who is besieged by two defenders but cannot be stopped. The shooter to equalize briefly dodges to the left, Seaman comes out of his goal, narrows the angle and pulls with the movement of the striker. With that he opens a small corridor on the right side of the goal and Owen shoots from an acute angle past Seaman into exactly this right corner and hits the winning goal for the Reds. Pure magic! Incredible, everything just went right here!

Michael Owen becomes Man Of The Match

On this day in 2001, #LFC fans saw a fantastic comeback from their team in the FA Cup final in Cardiff, as Michael Owen scored 2 late goals and Liverpool defeated Arsenal 2-1! Liverpool won the FA Cup for the 6th time in their history. # / TYzj8FrUd2

- (@LFChistory) May 12, 2021

The Gunners were beaten and Owen became the "Man of the Match". The Reds won the game and in the end Jamie Redknapp was allowed to raise the trophy as a seeded captain, although he was out all season as a long-term injury. Sami Hyypiä took over the captain's armband in the final, but it was Robbie Fowler who persuaded Redknapp to climb onto the podium. None of the teammates objected.

Gérard Houllier was quoted as saying after the game: "There are situations in which the will to win is more important than the ability to win."

Shortly after the final, the Reds qualified for the Champions League for the first time after the Heysel disaster and four days later they secured the UEFA Cup against Deportivo Alavés in one of the most spectacular European finals.

The gates and lineups

77th minute - 1-0 Ljungberg
83rd minute - 1: 1 Michael Owen
88th minute - 1: 2 Michael Owen

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Spectators: 72,500
Referee: Steve Dunn

Arsenal FC: Seaman, Dixon (90th), Keown, Adams, Cole, Pires, Grimandi, Vieira, Ljungberg (85th), Wiltord (76th), Henry. Bank: Bergkamp (90th), Lauren, Manninger, Parlor (76th), Kanu (85th)

Liverpool FC: Westerveld, Babbel, Henchoz, Hyypia, Carragher, Murphy (77th), Gerrard, Hamann (60th), Smicer (77th), Heskey, Owen. Bank: Fowler (77th), Berger (77th), Arphexad, McAllister (60th), Vignal


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