FA Cup: Van Dijk grabs derby winner on debut


January 06, 2018
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp (left) congratulates winning goal scorer Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk after the final whistle during the English FA Cup Third Round match against Everton at Anfield in Liverpool, England, yesterday. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

LIVERPOOL, England (AP):

It couldn't have gone any better for Virgil van Dijk on his Liverpool debut. Signed last week for PS75 million as the world's most expensive defender, Van Dijk scored an 84th-minute winner against Everton Liverpool's fierce local rival in front of the storied Kop stand at Anfield in the third round of the FA Cup yesterday.

"Playing at Anfield for Liverpool is a dream for every player," the Netherlands defender said after the 2-1 win in the 230th Merseyside derby. "To score a goal is even more special."

Manchester United also left it late to qualify for the fourth round, with in-form midfielder Jesse Lingard and striker Romelu Lukaku scoring in the final six minutes of regulation time in a 2-0 victory over second-tier Derby County at Old Trafford.

The third round continues across Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Here's a closer look at Friday's two games as English soccer's two most decorated clubs advanced:


Jesse Lingard's latest scintillating strike for Man United came as Jose Mourinho's team looked set to be taken to a replay.

In the 84th minute, Lingard teed himself up and smashed home a swerving volley for his eighth goal in 10 games. He spent time on loan at Derby in 2015.

Lukaku added a second in the 90th minute when he controlled Paul Pogba's long clearance on his chest in midfield, played a one-two with Anthony Martial and scored with a powerful strike.

A quarterfinal exit in the League Cup and a 15-point deficit to leader Manchester City in the English Premier League has placed extra importance on the FA Cup for United, which fielded a strong lineup.

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