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Man Utd 4-3 Liverpool (AET): Diallo ends Klopp’s quadruple dream in FA Cup thriller

Amad Diallo ended Jurgen Klopp’s dream of a farewell quadruple with a last-gasp, extra-time winner as Manchester United twice came from behind in a stunning 4-3 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Diallo was sent off for removing his shirt in celebration following his dramatic 121st-minute winner, which capped a remarkable game in which the Red Devils twice looked to be heading for defeat.

Liverpool appeared to be cruising into the semi-finals when first-half goals from Alexis Mac Allister and Mohamed Salah put them 2-1 up, only for Antony to step off the bench to level things with three minutes of the 90 remaining.

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Harvey Elliott’s deflected strike again put Liverpool on the brink in the additional period, but Marcus Rashford’s cool finish made it 3-3 and left both teams facing up to the prospect of a penalty shoot-out.

However, Diallo wrote the final chapter in a true FA Cup classic, finishing across Caoimhin Kelleher to send United to Wembley for the semi-finals and dash Liverpool’s dreams of ending the season with four trophies.

United shaded a high-octane start and were rewarded with the opener after 10 minutes. Rashford found Alejandro Garnacho darting in behind, and though Kelleher kept the Argentine’s effort out, Scott McTominay had the simplest of finishes on the rebound.

Liverpool were denied an equaliser by the offside flag when Wataru Endo steered Salah’s cutback home, but they got back on terms via a flowing move after 44 minutes, with Mac Allister’s strike taking a slight deflection off Kobbie Mainoo to beat Andre Onana.

Two minutes into first-half stoppage time, the visitors were ahead as Onana could only parry Darwin Nunez’s strike, allowing Salah to blast into an empty net on the follow-up.

United looked increasingly ragged in their bid for a leveller after the break, but Liverpool failed to punish them and were made to pay when Garnacho’s deflected shot dropped at the feet of Antony, who finished on the turn.

Rashford spurned a glorious chance when he side-footed wide in stoppage time after being played through by Bruno Fernandes, and that miss looked like being costly when Elliott’s long-range strike deflected in off Eriksen 15 minutes into extra time.

However, Rashford atoned for his earlier miss by slotting home after Diallo and McTominay combined to recover possession high up the pitch, and from there, the momentum was with the hosts.

With spot-kicks looming, Liverpool were caught out by a rapid United break, and though Garnacho’s pass was behind Diallo, the substitute got it out of his feet before tucking his finish into the bottom-right corner.

That goal sparked pandemonium at Old Trafford, with Diallo shown a second yellow card for removing his shirt. The youngster won’t mind one bit, however, after scoring a goal which will go down in the storied history of English football’s biggest rivalry.

Harry Carr
Harry Carr
Harry is a freelance sports journalist with experience of working for the Racing Post, Stats Perform, Opta Analyst and more, covering major events across all sports but holding a particular love for the beautiful game.
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