MAGIC

by Kyle Williams | Mar 19, 2024 | General | 0 comments

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In the over 150-year-old tournament, the FA Cup has never seen a weekend quite like this. This competition continues to showcase its magic, as demonstrated over this past weekend.

In the first quarter-final match-up, Premier League team Wolverhampton faced Coventry City of the Championship division. What people might have expected to be a cakewalk for Wolves turned into an uphill task when Ellis Simms scored to put the Sky Blues ahead. However, Wolves then showed their mettle and scored two goals in five minutes to take the lead with only stoppage time remaining.

This competition, however, is special. Ellis Simms returned to score his second of the game and equalize in the 97th minute. Then, USA international Haji Wright calmly finished to secure victory for his team with a goal in the 100th minute. This is a testament to the work that coach Mark Robins has done this season.

(The Athletic)

Fast forward to Sunday afternoon, the highly anticipated match between Manchester United and Liverpool. The North West derby saw the two most successful teams in the English football pyramid facing off with contrasting seasons.

Liverpool, on course for a quadruple trophy haul, and United, having only the Cup to focus on, met at the most magical place in football: Old Trafford.

The game started intensely as expected, with early chances falling to United. In the tenth minute, Scott McTominay gave United the lead, sparking jubilation at Old Trafford. They kept up the pressure, with Marcus Rashford providing an excellent cross to Scott McTominay, whose shot was brilliantly saved by Liverpool custodian Caoimhin Kelleher.

(Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool then intensified their pressure on a resilient Manchester United defense, but a goal by Japanese midfielder Wataru Endo was ruled out for offside. Minutes later, United were caught out, and Liverpool equalized with an Alexis Mac Allister shot deflected in off the foot of Kobbie Mainoo.

Two minutes later, Mohammed Salah capitalized on some poor play by the hosts to give Liverpool the lead.

United refused to be undone, withstanding wave after wave of Liverpool pressure until the 88th minute, when substitute Antony scored his first goal of the season and his first goal at Old Trafford since March 9, 2023.

With nothing separating the teams in regular time, extra time beckoned. In the first half of extra time, Liverpool academy player Harvey Elliot had a strike at goal deflected off the foot of Christian Eriksen, through the legs of Harry Maguire, and over the outstretched arm of Andre Onana.

Fortunately for United, they had youngsters who never stopped running. Amad Diallo blocked a pass from Darwin Nunez and fed it through to Scott McTominay, who then set up Marcus Rashford to tie the game again with a goal made in Carrington.

(The Telegraph)

With the last chance of the game, Amad made another crucial intervention, taking the ball from Harvey Elliot and feeding Alejandro Garnacho, who returned the favor to the Ivorian, who slotted it home to win the game for Manchester United.

The semi-finals are now set, with Coventry playing Manchester United and Chelsea facing defending champions Manchester City, both fixtures to be played at the magnificent Wembley Stadium.

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