Liverpool overpowered Manchester City by scoring 3 goals in the first half, which saw them beat their rivals by 3-2 goals to qualify for the FA Cup final.
This FA Cup semi-finals tie was held in Wembley Stadium, where the two toppers of the EPL went head to head for a spot in the final. Amid a busy schedule of top-class matches, Guardiola and Klopp had to gather their boys for this hardcore battle.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola made seven changes from the side that drew against Atletico Madrid in the UCL; Kevin de Bruyne couldn’t start, so Kyle Walker was in the defense due to injury. Zach Steffen was called up as the goalkeeper, surprisingly, instead of Ederson. On the other hand, Juergen Klopp got a full-strength to call his starting XI.
Both sides started to play excellent football from the very beginning. It was Liverpool center-back Ibrahima Konate who opened the scoring with a powerful header in the 8th minute. A beautiful delivery by Robertson from a corner from the left side met the head of Konate, who sent it home past Zach Steffen.
Liverpool got a huge lead of 2 goals in the 17th minute from a goalkeeper’s error. The American goalkeeper was too late to pass the ball before Sadio Mane dived in and put it into the nets. Klopp’s side put a foot into the final when Sadio Mane scored his second goal at the end of the first half, creating a delicious lead of 3-0 goals. Senegalese superstar Sadio Mane got space at the right side and fired a shot at the near corner to make it 3-0.
The second half brought a promise for the Manchester club as Jack Grealish got one back in the 47th minute, making it 3-1. Manchester City got the opportunity to come back into the match in the 70th minute when Gabriel Jesus went through one on one against Alisson but couldn’t finish it. However, they got the second goal too late in the 90th minute, after Riyad Mahrez went through to the right-wing and provided a tap-in for Bernardo Silva, who made it 3-2.
Man City got 4 minutes of additional time to level the match. The match got heated up at the end with chances for both ends; neither could finish.
After an entertaining semi-finals matchup, Liverpool got a 3-2 goals victory over Manchester City, securing a spot for the FA Cup final next month.
Who will face Liverpool in the FA Cup Final?
The winner of the other semi-finals tie, Chelsea vs Crystal Palace, will face Liverpool in the FA Cup final.
Who are the top performers in Man City vs Liverpool
Sadio Mane is the top performer of this match who scored two goals in the first half, creating a crucial 3-0 goal lead for Liverpool.
Sadio Mane – 2 Goals
Ibrahima Konate – 1 Goal
Jack Grealish – 1 Goal
Bernardo Silva – 1 Goal
Andrew Robertson – 1 Assist
Thiago Alcantra – 1 Assist
Gabriel Jesus – 1 Assist