Liverpool Books Ticket to FA Cup Final After 3 2 Win Over Manchester City
A great day for Liverpool
as they book a place in the FA Cup final. They defeated Manchester City 3-2 to reach the final at Wembley stadium. A late goal by Kante - his third in as many games - and a misplaced shot from Raheem Sterling helped the Reds to claim victory. Read on to find out more about the match. And don't forget to watch the highlights to see how it all ended.
Liverpool book FA Cup final
A three-two win over Manchester City is a great achievement for Liverpool‚ who are on a quest for more trophies this season. Just six days ago they had beaten Manchester City in the League Cup final‚ but this win over the Premier League leaders has taken them one step closer to reaching the FA Cup final. With a cup final looming‚ Liverpool
are now in pole position for a place in the Champions League semifinal. The win means the Reds will face either Chelsea or Crystal Palace in the final of the FA Cup. The victory means that Liverpool
have moved within one point of Manchester City‚ who are in fourth place. It is an ideal way to go about their season‚ and it is a good chance to keep up their challenge of a quadruple. However‚ there are still a few key areas that need improving. A key goal in this semi-final came from Liverpool's Sadio Mane‚ whose header from a corner was a winner. City pressed hard to get back in the game‚ but Liverpool
took advantage of this and opened up space‚ which they exploited to score the second goal. The City goalkeeper‚ Steffen‚ was only a fraction of a second too long on the ball‚ allowing Mane to slot home the winner. The second half was another tale of two halves. Liverpool
led 3-0 after Ibrahima Konate's first-half strike‚ but Manchester City responded with a bang. Gabriel Jesus' run set up Jack Grealish's goal‚ and the goal brought City players to life. Gabriel Jesus created an opportunity for a close-range finish but Alisson saved his effort. However‚ the hosts failed to get a winner after conceding the opening goal.
Konate scores third goal in as many games
A slick first-half performance by Liverpool
was enough to see off Manchester City and send them crashing out of the FA Cup. Ibrahima Konate opened the scoring in the first half before Sadio Mane netted twice. City rallied after the break and Jack Grealish reduced the deficit before Bernardo Silva sealed the victory with a late goal. Liverpool
will now face either Chelsea or Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on May 14. Against Manchester City‚ Liverpool
pressed the Manchester City back-four and forced their star players to make mistakes and commit fouls. Konate headed home from the resulting set-piece‚ with Andrew Robertson providing the assist. The midfielder then defrauded Zack Steffen to score his second goal against the same goalkeeper. This was a memorable moment for Liverpool‚ who had a hard time dealing with the defending champions. The French international had been a key player in the recent Champions League tie against Benfica‚ scoring in both legs. It was his third goal in as many matches that helped Liverpool
book a place in the final. However‚ Liverpool's opponents will be desperate to cause an upset and ensure that they reach the final. Despite the odds‚ Liverpool
won the first leg 1-3 and will be confident of a victory. The game was an exciting encounter between two sides who are battling for the title. The Reds' defenders defended the goal with all their might. Ultimately‚ the Reds held out to win the FA Cup against Manchester City. Liverpool
now face Crystal Palace in the final. There is no better way for Liverpool
fans to celebrate a major achievement than winning the FA Cup.
Liverpool's defense allowed Steffen to slip ball home
In the FA Cup semi-final‚ the slack defence of Manchester City allowed Steffen to slip the ball home after a routine backpass. The mistake drew criticism from both sides but it did not affect Liverpool's performance. Liverpool's defense had done well to deny Mane the opener‚ and this proved to be a crucial moment for their opponents. The mistake was particularly disappointing for Steffen‚ who has been a key player for Liverpool. This result means that Liverpool
will face either Crystal Palace or Chelsea in the FA Cup final on May 14. With a win‚ they can build a psychological advantage over their title rivals‚ as they trail them by only one point and are now able to rest key players. After a midweek rest‚ the Reds have won three of their last four games and are still in the race for a historic quadruple. The match had started scrappy and the two teams were chasing a draw. City dominated the first half but the reds were more dominant at the break and the unforced errors were non-existent. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago dinked around on the left side of the penalty area before Mane stretched across the left side and drilled a low shot inside the far post. Having led by three goals at half time‚ Liverpool
were in a strong position to regain their lost momentum and secure the FA Cup. Manchester City had a good start in the second half but their attacking ability was lacking in the first half. Steffen was lingering on the ball for too long and allowed Mane to slip in the clinching goal. The defensive breakdown allowed City to score two goals in the final and forced Manchester City to try to claw back into the game. However‚ City were unable to do this and Liverpool
extended their lead to three goals at halftime.
Raheem Sterling misses chance to score
Raheem Sterling missed an opportunity to score in Liverpool's FA Cup final victory over Manchester City on Sunday‚ causing the match to end 2-1 to the Reds. The English forward‚ who missed a penalty in the previous round‚ was denied by goalkeeper Alisson. Sterling's missed opportunity was the key to Liverpool's victory‚ as it was the first FA Cup final appearance for the club since 2012. The Reds started the game in an impressive fashion‚ and Sterling had already been close to scoring before the half-hour mark. He was only a few yards away from scoring when he was tripped by the Manchester United defence‚ but Sterling's opportunity to score came after Marouane Fellaini had been sent off. After a poor season for the England youth international‚ Sterling was in a good position to score in the FA Cup final. After signing a five-year deal with Liverpool‚ Sterling struggled to get into the team‚ but his goal against West Ham United was one of the best in the league in 2013/14. The England international only made two starts in December‚ including one in the League Cup. In January‚ he made his debut against Hull City‚ but struggled with fitness and form. After a year in the reserves‚ he only made four starts in the Premier League‚ scoring a goal in one of the matches. After making his senior England debut in November 2012‚ Sterling went on to play for Liverpool
and England youth sides. The latter player was later named in the England squad and was part of the team that won the World Cup in 2014. His goal against Manchester City was his eleventh Premier League goal. The two clubs then ended up as joint-champions after the final.
Liverpool's performance against Manchester City
Liverpool's win over Man City is a major result. Man City had previously lost to Liverpool
in two consecutive league meetings‚ both ending in 2-2 draws. However‚ this time the Reds were able to win 1-0‚ booking a place in the FA Cup final. Pep Guardiola credited his players' 'instinctive quality'‚ despite the fact that seven of their players were made to replace injured starters. City's attack was also weakened by the absence of star players such as Kevin De Bruyne‚ who sat on the bench along with Ederson‚ Rubin Dias and Kyle Walker‚ who was out with injury. Despite the defeat‚ Liverpool
are still in contention for four trophies. They have already won the League Cup and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. They are also still in the hunt for a record-equalling fourth successive Premier League title. The team's performance against Manchester City has earned it the right to face Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the final. Hopefully‚ this will not be their last cup final appearance. Mane's brilliant goal against Manchester City was a stunning goal. He volleyed a low shot past Steffen‚ despite being fouled by Bernardo in midweek. City's poor performance was down to Steffen‚ who has dispensed with short passes. Ultimately‚ despite City's superior defensive strength‚ their lack of creativity has led to a dismal performance from both sides. While Liverpool's win over Manchester City was a hugely satisfying victory‚ their 3-2 victory over Manchester City was equally impressive. The reds have now qualified for the FA Cup final for the first time since 2012‚ and their performance against City has booked them their place in the final. The final will be played at Wembley on the 3rd May at 3.30pm. You can follow all the action on Henry Jackson's live blog below.