Liverpool FC beats Manchester City and is in the FA Cup final: Sadio Mané scores twice

While City manager Pep Guardiola rotated in the starting lineup and left first-choice goalkeepers Ederson, Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gündogan on the bench, his counterpart Jürgen Klopp called up the established XI, who recently acted in impressive form.

Liverpool got off to a good start, under extremely high pressure and putting a lot of pressure on City. The “Skyblues” have been surprisingly passive and have made little progress in their own game.

After ten minutes the moment had come: Ibrahima Konaté jumped the highest and converted the first corner of the game with a header to bring the score to 1-0 (10th). That shot had an effect, City continued to be careless and just didn’t look awake on the pitch.

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A little later, substitute goalkeeper Zach Steffen suffered a bad power outage. After a back pass, the goalkeeper reacts far too late against the hurrying Sadio Mané who is content to steal the ball from him with a fiery tackle and push it beyond the goal line (17th).

After this curious blow, City showed more mental impact and had little left to oppose the ‘Reds’. Even though Liverpool couldn’t create many chances overall, a few used them icy. Sadio Mané converted a combination worth seeing with a direct volley from around 15 yards into the small corner and made it 3-0 just before the break whistle (45th).

Somewhat surprisingly, City manager Guardiola failed to react with changes at the break despite his team’s dismal performance to date. Equally surprising, however, was Jack Grealish’s sudden goal shortly after the reboot. Gabriel Jesus took advantage of a blunder in the defense of the “Reds” and then offered it to his teammate Grealish, who scored from almost ten meters to make it 1-3 (47th).

However, City failed to build momentum with the goal and Liverpool quickly regained control of the game. However, the defense around Virgil van Dijk and Co didn’t seem as focused as it did in the first half.

Gabriel Jesus once again escaped his guards, but in a one-on-one with goalkeeper Alisson, Alisson showed his class between the posts and prevented the goal with a solid foot defense (70th). A

On the other side, Mohammed Salah missed Liverpool’s best chance in the second half, his lob jumping just above the crossbar from about seven yards (72nd).

Even though City’s game was lacking at every turn, apart from a few individual actions, Guardiola didn’t find it necessary to bring in any new players until the final stage.

Riyad Mahrez only came off the bench in the 83rd minute, bringing the attacking game to life. Fresh Mahrez topped the ‘Reds’ on the right wing with a counterattack, and hopefully awarded it to Bernardo Silva in the middle, who caused excitement in the final minutes with his aim to make 2-3 (90 +1).

In the end, however, Manchester City’s efforts ended up being “too little, too late” in English fashion. City showed up far too slowly for over 90 minutes and could only really shake things up in injury time. Liverpool, on the other hand, needed a fine performance in the first half and good nerves after the break to progress to the final.

The tweet about the game:

Liverpool FC advance to the FA Cup final. For Jürgen Klopp, this is the first FA Cup final as a coach.

Who caught the eye: Sadio Mané

The Senegalese impressively embodied the character of his entire squad today. Two out of three shots on goal landed in the net, and he won 80% of his duels – the biggest and weirdest of which was against City keeper Steffen to make it 2-0.

Stats: 4

Pep Guardiola has missed four of his five substitution chances. This couldn’t be fully explained as Mahrez, who arrived far too late, quickly secured a significant improvement in City’s game. With this passive strategy, the tactical fox Guardiola must have miscalculated that day.

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