Reina's late blunder costs Liverpool

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Liverpool, England – Pepe Reina's own goal in the 90th minute forced Liverpool to settle for a 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday.

Joe Cole was sent off right before halftime in his Liverpool debut, but it didn't stop David Ngog from firing the hosts in front just one minute into the second half.

Liverpool looked set to hold on for all three points, but Marouane Chamakh cut in front of Reina in the 90th minute to redirect the ball off the post, and Reina fumbled it over his own goal line as he tried to recover.

Thomas Vermaelen tested Reina in the opening five minutes with a powerful free kick that the keeper was able to parry, but it wasn't until the final minutes of the opening half that the game really came to life.

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia saw his first real shot in the 44th minute from the left foot of Glen Johnson, and he was able to tip it over the crossbar.

The ensuing corner kick saw Javier Mascherano put a header on goal that was cleared off the line by defender Gael Clichy, while Cole saw his Liverpool debut cut short one minute later when he came in late on Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny.

Despite playing down a man to start the second half, Liverpool grabbed the lead in the opening minute as a giveaway allowed Mascherano to slip a pass into the box for Ngog to fire first-time into the upper corner of the net.

Theo Walcott tested Reina with a free kick that was tipped past the post, while the keeper produced a great save on a shot from Tomas Rosicky four minutes from time.

However, he was unable to keep Arsenal off the scoreboard as Rosicky's cross was redirected off the post by Chamakh and taken over the line by Reina, spoiling the debut of Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson.


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