Fernandes free-kick settles pulsating FA Cup tie
Bruno Fernandes fired Manchester United into the FA Cup 5th round as his 78th-minute free-kick earned his side a 3-2 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Liverpool’s poor form continued at the house of the fierce competitors; they have now stopped working to advance beyond the fourth round in five of their six seasons under Jurgen Klopp and the Premier League champs have taped one win in their last seven video games in all competitors.
Mohamed Salah gave the visitors the perfect start with a superb finish (18′) however Mason Greenwood levelled eight minutes later following a sweeping relocation. Marcus Rashford finished the turn-around with his fourth Old Trafford goal versus Liverpool (48′) however Salah brought back parity after running onto Roberto Firmino’s pass (58′).
The phase was set for Fernandes, who settled the tie 12 minutes after his introduction with a poisonous free-kick from the edge of package to set up a fifth-round tie in your home to West Ham next month.
United went into the tie unbeaten in their last seven home games versus Liverpool in all competitors given that a 3-0 loss in March 2014. Last weekend’s stalemate failed to motivate, however Liverpool came to Old Trafford worn active blue-green, and this fourth-round tie measured up to the buzz.
The clash left to an intense start, with Liverpool discovering the development in the 18th minute. Firmino threaded a pass in between Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof to Salah, who was played onside by the latter and coolly lifted the ball over Dean Henderson. United made it 1-1 in the 26th minute.
Paul Pogba broke up a Liverpool attack and Donny van de Beek sent out a quick pass as the hosts raced forwards, with Rashford darting down the left prior to cutting back and sending out a great diagonal ball over to Greenwood on the right. The teen matched the play with his unerring finish, shooting right-footed throughout Alisson.
Jurgen Klopp stuck to his very same starting XI for the restart– and 3 minutes later on, his side were behind. Shaw started the move as his throw-in was collected in midfield by Edinson Cavani, who rode the challenge of Thiago and discovered Greenwood. Rhys Williams failed to clear Greenwood’s first time ball, which allowed Rashford to race through and coolly turn past Alisson.
Liverpool responded well to falling back, however, and James Milner was left holding his head in his hands after scooping over from close range. However the 35-year-old midfielder soon assisted Liverpool level as they capitalised on careless Cavani play, with Milner leaving Firmino’s cross for Salah to sweep home.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer determined that Liverpool remained in the ascendancy and properly turned to Fernandes on his bench. Twelve minutes later, Fabinho gave United a possibility with the clock winding down after fouling Cavani on the edge of package.
The Brazil global prevented a second yellow card but Fernandes would bring out the ultimate punishment. The Portugal midfielder pulled rank and buried his 28th goal for United to supply a traditional FA Cup tie with the match-winning strike it deserved.
Leicester rally to
see off Brentford
Second-half goals from Cengiz Under, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison saw Leicester originate from behind to knock out Cup professionals Brentford 3-1.
The Championship Bees, who stunned four Premier League sides on their way to this season’s Carabao Cup semi-finals, were threatening to add the Foxes to their list of scalps when they led through Mads Bech Sorensen’s early goal.
However whatever City manager Brendan Rodgers said at half-time sufficed because simply 6 minutes into the second half they remained in front.
The Foxes had used bit in the opening 45 minutes, however that changed simply 48 seconds after the reboot.
Maddison weaved through the Brentford rearguard to the edge of the area before teeing up Under, who strongly fired home previous Luke Daniels.
Moments later Perez headed a Tielemans changeover prior to Daniels conserved Harvey Barnes’ fierce drive.
Then, in the 51st minute, Tielemans was tripped in the area by Fosu and the Belgium midfielder sent Daniels the wrong method with the spot-kick.
Under should have added Leicester’s third when Ricardo Pereira pulled the ball back to him but the Turkey midfielder side-footed broad from 12 lawns out.
Instead, Maddison exterminated the tie with 20 minutes staying when he tapped in the rebound after Barnes’ shot was conserved.
Other FA Cup results:
Chelsea 3 vs Luton Town 1
Burnley 3 vs Fulham 0
Everton 3 vs Sheffield Wednesday 0