Billy Koumetio scores from own half as Liverpool U21s beat PSG

AcademyBilly Koumetio scores from own half as Liverpool U21s beat PSG

By Steve Hunter


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Billy Koumetio scored a spectacular goal in Liverpool U21s' 4-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Premier League International Cup on Wednesday evening.

The centre-half, who returned to the club earlier this week following a loan at Austria Vienna, opened the scoring in the ninth minute of the contest in Kirkby with an effort from his own half.

Luke Chambers then made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after Mateusz Musialowski was fouled, before Koumetio got his second goal of the night prior to half-time.

Oludare Olufunwa added the Reds' fourth in the 62nd minute, as the visitors netted a pair of consolation goals late on.

Striker Oakley Cannonier also marked his welcome return from injury by playing the final half an hour, with head coach Barry Lewtas also handing first appearances at U21 level for U16 players Kieran Morrison, Lucas Pitt and Afolami Onanuga.

Speaking to post-match, Lewtas said: "It was a great night for us.

"First half, it probably looked the way we wanted it to look and we had a lot of players who played in different positions. But to approach the game in the manner which we did and take full control, I was really pleased.

"We played with the same intensity in the second half and certainly played the game in their half.

"As the game went on, we conceded two late goals but we had made quite a lot of changes and it doesn’t reflect away from how well the boys did tonight."

On Koumetio’s opener, he added: "It was unbelievable!

"It was good technique, first of all, the way he received the ball and then he spotted their goalkeeper off his line and he’s put it away. Pretty amazing really.

"It was great to see Oludare get his first goal for us and he was excellent. He has done ever so well. He picked up an unfortunate injury and he played out of position tonight at right-back but I thought he was excellent. I’m really pleased for him because he has worked ever so hard.

"It was great to give Oakley some minutes as well and great to see him back. Hopefully he can push on now for us."

Liverpool U21s: Davies, Olufunwa, Jonas, Quansah (Pitt, 80), Koumetio, Corness (Cannonier, 60), Cain, Stephenson (Morrison 65), Musialowski (Onanuga, 80), Norris, Chambers.

Unused substitute: Kelly.



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