Soccer-Liverpool hang on for 3-2 FA Cup semi win over City

16/4/2022 8:41:00 PM

Soccer-Liverpool hang on for 3-2 FA Cup semi win over City

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Soccer-Liverpool hang on for 3-2 FA Cup semi win over City

LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool hung on to beat Manchester City 3-2 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday to reach the final of the FA Cup and end Pep Guardiola's hopes of a treble.

Guardiola opted to rest several of Premier League leader's City's starters, including goalkeeper Ederson, and the weakened side were outplayed by Juergen Klopp's team in the first half, going in 3-0 down at the interval.Although City scored at the start and end of the second half their weakened line-up never really did enough to win the game against opponents they drew 2-2 with in the Premier League last week.

"Absolutely proud, incredible - I think the first half was one of the best we ever played," said Klopp."We did all the right stuff, we scored in the right moments, we played an incredible game in the first half, I really loved each second of it," he added.

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Guardiola opted to rest several of Premier League leader's City's starters, including goalkeeper Ederson, and the weakened side were outplayed by Juergen Klopp's team in the first half, going in 3-0 down at the interval. Although City scored at the start and end of the second half their weakened line-up never really did enough to win the game against opponents they drew 2-2 with in the Premier League last week. Title holders City lead Liverpool by a point after the 2-2 draw at the Etihad on Sunday and as well as a final to play for neither will want to hand a psychological edge to the other. "Absolutely proud, incredible - I think the first half was one of the best we ever played," said Klopp. The FA Cup may no longer have the status it once enjoyed but the fact that Saturday's game pits two of the strongest sides in the world together has added extra spice to the occasion. "We did all the right stuff, we scored in the right moments, we played an incredible game in the first half, I really loved each second of it," he added. Liverpool, who have already won the League Cup this season, are still in with a chance of an unprecedented quadruple of trophies this season while City have hopes of a treble. Ibrahima Konate headed Liverpool ahead from an Andy Robertson corner in the ninth minute before a dreadful error from City's American back-up goalkeeper Zack Steffen gifted the Reds a second. Walker had a big twist but is getting better.

Steffen took too long when receiving a back pass from John Stones and Sadio Mane slid in to tackle the keeper and the ball flew into the net. “It is a massive competition, massive competition,” said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, whose club last reached the semis in 2015, several months before he took charge. "Now we are there and it means everything to us, to be honest. Mane then added another, on the stroke of halftime, in more conventional fashion, driving a volley past Steffen after being set up by Thiago Alcantara. Guardiola made no changes at the break, even though he had options such as Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez to call on, but his side did spark into life. “Now we are there and it means everything to us, to be honest. Jack Grealish pulled a goal back 70 seconds after the resumption after Gabriel Jesus did well to beat Fabinho and set up the England midfielder who drilled home." LONDON AFFAIR While fans will have to travel south by road over the Easter weekend for Saturday's game amid a lack of train services due to engineering works, the other semi-final on Sunday is an all-London affair between Chelsea and Crystal Palace. Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker was alert to get out quickly and foil Gabriel Jesus as the Brazilian burst goalwards but while City were improved they still were far from their usual levels of chance creation. I hope they can make it and that we have the atmosphere a semi-final between Liverpool and City deserves. City are playing three days after the second leg in Madrid where a draw helped them qualify for the Champions League semi-finals and the squad trained at second-tier Millwall instead to avoid travelling from Manchester to London.

It was puzzling that Guardiola only made one of his possible five changes in the second half, bringing Mahrez on seven minutes from the end although the introduction of the Algerian did make a big impact. Mahrez cut in from the right and dribbled along the byline before a low ball went through Alisson then Bernardo Silva made it 3-2 in stoppage time. Palace’s seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions ended at Leicester City last week and manager Patrick Vieira will hope Chelsea are still recovering from their Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid in an extra-time thriller on Tuesday. Tottenham Hotspur will aim to strengthen their grip on fourth place when they host Brighton & Hove Albion in the early kickoff on Saturday before Manchester United, who lost at struggling Everton last week, host bottom club Norwich City. That prompted a frantic final few minutes with Fernandinho and Mahrez both seeing shots deflected out for corners while Raheem Sterling's weak shot was easily saved by Alisson. At the other end Steffen did well to stop Roberto Firmino as Liverpool looked to finish off the contest but the final whistle confirmed their place in their 15th FA Cup final but their first in ten years. Tottenham Hotspur will aim to strengthen their grip on fourth place when they host Brighton & Hove Albion in the early kickoff on Saturday before Manchester United, who lost at struggling Everton last week, host bottom club Norwich City. For City it was the third straight season in which they have lost in the last four of the FA Cup. (Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Ken Ferris) Article type: metered. We have to adapt to the broadcaster's demands,” Guardiola said.

"We gave everything after a tough first half," said Guardiola. At the bottom of the table, 19th-placed Watford are at home to Brentford, while on Sunday Burnley, in 18th, travel to West Ham United who are sixth and battling for a European spot. "For the first goal, the set pieces they are very, very strong. The second was an accident. Difficult to come back but they did it perfectly in the second half," he added. Liverpool remain in contention for four trophies having won the League Cup, reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and still being in the race for the Premier League title where they sit a point behind leaders City. “Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho ― they have all said the same, but you must adapt.

(Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Christian Radnedge) Article type: metered .