December 22, 2017 / 9:53 PM / 3 months ago

Soccer-Arsenal and Liverpool share spoils in six-goal thriller

* Arsenal and Liverpool drew 3-3 at the Emirates

* Philippe Coutinho’s deft header gave Liverpool the lead

* Arsenal lived dangerously throughout the first half

* There were four goals in six minutes early in second half

* Mohamed Salah made it 2-0 after 52 minutes

* Alexis Sanchez replied one minute later

* Granit Xhaka’s shot beat Simon Mignolet to make it 2-2

* Mesut Ozil slotted in Arsenal’s third

* Roberto Firmino levelled after Petr Cech could not keep out his powerful shot

* Arsenal at Crystal Palace next, Liverpool host Swansea City


Dec 22 (Reuters) - Arsenal recovered from a woeful first half display to battle back from two goals down and draw 3-3 with Liverpool on a crazy night at the Emirates Stadium on Friday.

In disarray for 45 minutes and behind to a rare headed goal by Philippe Coutinho, Arsenal looked in danger of suffering a pre-Christmas nightmare when Mohamed Salah raced away to put a rampant Liverpool 2-0 ahead in the 52nd minute.

But the hosts suddenly came alive and, unbelievably, they were ahead by the 58th minute with goals from Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil turning the game upside down.

Roberto Firmino made sure Liverpool returned north with a point, although Juergen Klopp’s men would have been scratching their heads at how they allowed the game to slip out of their control.

Both sides could have snatched a winner in the closing stages but had to settle for a point which left Liverpool in fourth spot with 35 points to fifth-placed Arsenal’s 34. (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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