Emirates FA Cup Third Round classic goals: Xabi Alonso

Monday 04 Jan 2016
Liverpool's Xabi Alonso celebrates his goal at Luton in 2006

The Emirates FA Cup third round takes place this weekend and to get you in the mood, we've compiled some of the classic goals from this stage of the competition.

To start us off, we go back to the third round in 2006 when Rafael Benitez took his Liverpool side to face Luton Town at Kenilworth Road in what turned out to be a remarkable tie featuring a stunning strike, or two, from Xabi Alonso.

Luton Town 3-5 Liverpool

The Emirates FA Cup
Third Round Proper
Saturday 7 January 2006
Kenilworth Road, Luton Town FC
Attendance: 10,170

Reds captain Steven Gerrard put the visitors ahead in the first half, but Luton hit back through Steve Howard and Steve Robinson to take a 2-1 lead at the break.

Hatters midfielder Kevin Nicholls then scored from the penalty spot to give Luton a 3-1 advantage and it looked as though an upset could be on the cards when Djibril Cisse missed a penalty shortly after.

But Liverpool hit back in style as substitute Florent Sinama Pongolle reduced the arrears before Alonso scored his first of the game from 40 yards to make it 3-3. 

Pongolle put Liverpool ahead with his second of the game with a header, before the final goal came in superb style from Alonso. 

The Spanish international collected the ball midway in his own half after a late Luton corner had been cleared before taking the ball around Luton keeper Marlon Beresford, who had joined their attack, and shooting home with his left-foot from 70 yards.

And you can see the goal in all its glory in our video player below.

Emirates FA Cup third round classics: Xabi Alonso v Luton Town


By FA Staff