Liverpool should have won today’s FA Cup match against West Ham, but they didn’t, thanks in part to striker Christian Benteke, who had a beautiful, wide-open extra time chance and flubbed it because that’s what he does best. West Ham’s Ogbonna headed in a gorgeous free kick in the 121st minute to give the Irons the win.
But it wasn’t all tragedy for Liverpool. Under-the-wall free kicks are always funny, but this Couthino goal is a special contribution to the genre. Look how the wall leaps! Look how the ball just trickles along, like the water that formed the Grand Canyon. This goal is like erosion, but funny and without the devastating consequences.