Man Utd's win ends Liverpool's quadruple ambitions

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In a dramatic FA Cup quarterfinal, Manchester United halted Liverpool's pursuit of a quadruple in Jurgen Klopp's last season

Man Utd's win ends Liverpool's quadruple ambitions

Manchester United halted Liverpool's pursuit of a quadruple of trophies in Jurgen Klopp's last season, with Amad Diallo's decisive goal securing a thrilling 4-3 victory in the FA Cup quarterfinal after extra time.

The Ivorian winger was sent off for a second booking after taking his shirt off in celebration at the end of a chaotic 120 minutes that kept United's chances of ending the season with silverware alive.

Erik ten Hag's men will be confident of reaching the final for a second consecutive season after being paired with Championship side Coventry in the last four.

Two goals in three minutes from Alexis Mac Allister and Mohamed Salah toward the end of the first half had swung the game in Liverpool's favor after Scott McTominay opened the scoring.

Antony's first goal at Old Trafford in more than a year kept United alive and sent the game into extra time.

Liverpool again edged in front when Harvey Elliott's deflected shot found the bottom corner.

But Marcus Rashford, who had missed a glorious chance to win the tie deep into injury time, made amends by scoring a goal to make it 3-3.

Diallo then scored his second United goal in extra time, following a breakneck counterattack from a Liverpool corner, led by the impressive Alejandro Garnacho.

"When it's Manchester United against Liverpool, it's one of the world's best football matches. It is historical," said Ten Hag.

"The team showed resilience and determination to win this game.

"We've had so many setbacks, but we are very strong mentally. We energized the fans, they got behind us, and we won."

United trailed Liverpool by 17 points in the Premier League and having made an early exit from both the Champions League and League Cup; Ten Hag was under pressure to remain in charge for a third season.

The home team started like a side who knew their season depended on victory as they flew out of the traps and got rewarded.

Caoimhin Kelleher saved Garnacho's effort but only looped up for McTominay to blast home his ninth goal of the season.

Liverpool is 'struggling' physically

Liverpool's schedule has been far more intense in recent weeks than United's, as they remain in three competitions, having already lifted the League Cup last month.

"That was the first time I saw my team struggling. That's how it is; we have played much football recently," said Klopp.

"Congratulations to United; they fought extremely hard as well."

Klopp's men took half an hour to awaken from their slumber, but once they did, they were far more effective in the final third.

The visitors turned the tie around in the dying embers of the first half as Mac Allister's deflected strike had too much power for Andre Onana.

Three minutes later, Liverpool led as Salah struck once more against his favored opponents.

United pleaded in vain for a foul on Bruno Fernandes by Joe Gomez, and Salah was left with a simple task: knock in his 13th goal in 14 games against United after Onana parried Darwin Nunez's initial effort.

Liverpool enjoyed far more control of the game after the break, but they were also guilty of not taking their chances to win the game.

United was blunt and lacking in ideas for the future as it chased the game until Antony became an unlikely hero.

The Brazilian had scored just once in his previous 38 games but showed no sign of a lack of confidence as he spun and fired into the far corner three minutes from time.

Rashford should have completed the comeback. After taking a brilliant first touch to cushion the ball into his path, he slotted wide with just Kelleher to beat.

In extra time, a frenetic encounter continued to rage from end to end as Elliott's deflected effort looked set to again put Liverpool into the last four.

But United did not lie down as Rashford was more deadly when handed a second chance after Nunez gave the ball away deep inside his half.

And as Liverpool sensed the chance to win it from a corner at the death, Garnacho broke clear and timed his pass to Diallo to perfection before he fired in off the far post.

Source: AFP


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