Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City: The two English rivals met again just a week after their 2-2 draw in the Premier League. But this time, the Reds had the last laugh as they beat City and reached their first FA Cup final in 19 years.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will face either Chelsea or Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on 14th May. In this article, we will look at four major talking points from the semifinals as Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-2.
FA Cup: Liverpool won the game in the first half!
The Reds started their FA Cup semi-finals very strongly. Jurgen Klopp’s side dominated the early exchanges and were eventually rewarded for this. Ibrahima Konate leaped the highest as he scored from an Andrew Robertson corner in the 9th minute.
Liverpool would then add a second through Sadio Mane in the 17th minute. Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen made a howler and the Senegalese international capitalized on it.
Sadio Mane though was not done there. The Liverpool number 10 scored an insane volley to beat Zack Steffen on his near post as Liverpool went into the break with a healthy 3-0 advantage at halftime.
FA Cup: Manchester City hit back in the second half, but it was not enough!
The Sky Blues got back a goal just 170 seconds after the restart. Gabriel Jesus set up Jack Grealish who made no mistake as he fizzled his shot past Allison Becker to make it 3-1.
Manchester City had clearly come out rejuvenated in the second half. Pep Guardiola’s side dominated the possession stats and started playing the brand of play that they are known for.
The Manchester-based club would score a second goal in the 90th minute as Riyad Mahrez made a run into the box. The Algerian forward beat Allison and Bernardo Silva was present at the far post to tap it in. But time eventually ran out for the Sky Blues as they lost 3-2 to Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-finals.
Zack Steffen: The villain for the Manchester City fans?
Pep Guardiola chose to start Zack Steffen over Ederson in the FA Cup semi-finals. But the United States national team goalkeeper sadly did not justify his manager’s decision in the evening.
Zack Steffen had a moment to forget as Sadio Mane scored Liverpool’s second goal at his expense in the 17th minute. The Manchester City keeper was clearly rattled and was low on confidence after this. This was seen in Liverpool’s third goal as Steffen was beaten on his near post to add to his misery.
Liverpool were clearly “rested”!
Both Liverpool and Manchester City played in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. The Reds rested a few of their key players as they had a 3-1 lead against Benfica from the first leg. Whereas Manchester City had to play their best eleven against Atletico Madrid.
Hence the Liverpool players had a clear advantage over City in this case. To add to this, Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker didn’t play in the FA Cup semi-finals after they picked up an injury against Atletico Madrid, adding to the Sky Blues’ woes.