The FA Cup - Semi-Final
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FA Cup semi-final: Man City 2-3 Liverpool - Sadio Mane double helps Jurgen Klopp's side through

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Wembley

Liverpool survived a late scare to remain on course for an historic quadruple as they reached the FA Cup final with victory over Manchester City at Wembley.

If last Sunday's Premier League meeting between the clubs was a classic, this semi-final was effectively decided in a one-sided first 45 minutes, in which a mixture of ruthless finishing and Manchester City mistakes saw Liverpool take a 3-0 lead.

A reshuffled City side were unable to recover as Liverpool, having won the Carabao Cup, are now in the FA Cup final too - as well as the last four of the Champions League, while sitting second in the Premier League.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who was unable to start Kevin de Bruyne and had Kyle Walker out injured, preferred Zack Steffen to Ederson in goal, a move that back-fired spectacularly.

Ibrahima Konate had already headed Liverpool in front after nine minutes when Steffen, trying to repeat the feats of Ederson in the league game between these two clubs, miscontrolled in his six-yard area, allowing Sadio Mane to pounce.

Mane beat Steffen with a crisp volley at the end of a superb Liverpool build-up to put Jurgen Klopp's side in complete command at the break but Jack Grealish pulled one back early in the second half and keeper Alisson twice saved crucially from Gabriel Jesus as this semi-final sprang to life.

Bernardo Silva pulled another back for City at the start of a tense period of stoppage time but Liverpool survived to face either Chelsea or Crystal Palace, who meet at Wembley on Sunday, in the final on 14 May.

Liverpool on course for history

Manchester City 2-3 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp 'over the moon' with 'incredible' Reds

Liverpool's win keeps them in contention to make history - as no team in English football has won the league title, the two main domestic cup competitions and become champions of Europe in the same season.

This was a win built on the foundation of a first half in which their intensity and ruthlessness proved too much for City, whose revamped side looked off the pace and unable to cope with the power of Klopp's side.

Konate's power in the air saw him score his third header in his past three starts and Mane's alertness was never going to allow Steffen to get away with his hesitation as he attempted to keep possession in the six-yard area.

Ederson had the calmness and expertise to escape almost on his goal-line as Diogo Jota bore down on him during last Sunday's 2-2 draw at Etihad Stadium but Steffen showed no such expertise or composure, and paid a heavy price as he was caught.

Mane led the Liverpool charge while Thiago was imperious in midfield, his clever pass allowing Mane to volley past Steffen at his near post in the closing moments of the first half for what eventually proved to be the winner.

Klopp was elated with his team's performance at the conclusion, although he will have concerns about how they allowed City back into the game through Grealish's goal, conceded two clear chances to Jesus then had to survive the anxiety of four minutes of stoppage time after Silva struck.

In the final reckoning, however, Liverpool deserved to reach the final and will present a formidable barrier to either Chelsea or Crystal Palace once the winner of the second semi-final is decided.

Man City too late to the party

Manchester City 2-3 Liverpool: City performed with a lot of pride - Guardiola

This was not a good day for Manchester City.

It started with a section of their support chanting through the minute's silence to commemorate the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, with City issuing a formal apology to Liverpool after the match had started.

In the football context, Guardiola and City were left to regret injuries, a team selection that did not work out and a horribly laboured first 45 minutes that left them with too much to do, despite the brief hope offered by Silva's second goal.

City missed the invention of De Bruyne, only fit enough for the bench after suffering an injury in the stormy Champions Leaque quarter-final against Atletico Madrid, and the experience of defender Walker, who was ruled out completely.

And Guardiola's loyalty to Steffen as his FA Cup keeper was not rewarded as the American made that crucial error that allowed Liverpool to build on their fast start.

Guardiola will be disappointed but this is a quality side who will now refocus and set sights on the Premier League, where they lead Liverpool by one point, and the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

He will hope to have De Bruyne and Walker back fully fit soon because, despite this loss, there is still so much at stake for Guardiola and Manchester City as they remain in a position to achieve stellar things this season.

Player of the match

ManéSadio Mané

with an average of 8.54

Manchester City

  1. Squad number26Player nameMahrez
    Average rating

    5.05

  2. Squad number6Player nameAké
    Average rating

    4.83

  3. Squad number5Player nameStones
    Average rating

    4.79

  4. Squad number10Player nameGrealish
    Average rating

    4.55

  5. Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva
    Average rating

    4.54

  6. Squad number27Player nameJoão Cancelo
    Average rating

    4.53

  7. Squad number47Player nameFoden
    Average rating

    4.34

  8. Squad number9Player nameGabriel Jesus
    Average rating

    4.29

  9. Squad number25Player nameFernandinho
    Average rating

    4.05

  10. Squad number11Player nameZinchenko
    Average rating

    3.99

  11. Squad number7Player nameSterling
    Average rating

    3.87

  12. Squad number13Player nameSteffen
    Average rating

    2.94

Liverpool

  1. Squad number10Player nameMané
    Average rating

    8.54

  2. Squad number23Player nameDíaz
    Average rating

    8.03

  3. Squad number5Player nameKonaté
    Average rating

    7.85

  4. Squad number6Player nameThiago Alcántara
    Average rating

    7.75

  5. Squad number4Player namevan Dijk
    Average rating

    7.49

  6. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold
    Average rating

    7.30

  7. Squad number26Player nameRobertson
    Average rating

    7.25

  8. Squad number3Player nameFabinho
    Average rating

    7.24

  9. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
    Average rating

    7.23

  10. Squad number8Player nameKeïta
    Average rating

    7.19

  11. Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino
    Average rating

    6.75

  12. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
    Average rating

    6.72

  13. Squad number14Player nameHenderson
    Average rating

    6.52

  14. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota
    Average rating

    6.50

  15. Squad number17Player nameJones
    Average rating

    6.35

Line-ups

Man City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Steffen
  • 27Cancelo
  • 5Stones
  • 6Aké
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 25FernandinhoBooked at 57mins
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 9Gabriel JesusBooked at 27minsSubstituted forMahrezat 83'minutes
  • 10Grealish
  • 47Foden
  • 7Sterling

Substitutes

  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 8Gündogan
  • 14Laporte
  • 16Rodri
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 26Mahrez
  • 31Ederson
  • 48Delap
  • 90Lavia

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 5Konaté
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 8KeïtaBooked at 48minsSubstituted forHendersonat 73'minutes
  • 3FabinhoBooked at 37mins
  • 6Thiago AlcántaraSubstituted forJonesat 87'minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 10ManéBooked at 61minsSubstituted forJotaat 85'minutes
  • 23DíazSubstituted forFirminoat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Milner
  • 9Firmino
  • 12Gomez
  • 14Henderson
  • 17Jones
  • 20Jota
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 32Matip
  • 62Kelleher
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
73,793

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City 2, Liverpool 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City 2, Liverpool 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).

  4. Post update

    Zack Steffen (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Roberto Firmino following a fast break.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Diogo Jota.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Aké with a headed pass.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Manchester City 2, Liverpool 3. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Phil Foden.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Curtis Jones replaces Thiago.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Robertson (Liverpool).

  16. Post update

    Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Roberto Firmino replaces Luis Díaz.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Diogo Jota replaces Sadio Mané.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

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