Mane’s Late Strike Earns Liverpool Derby Win

sadio-maneSadio Mane struck a stoppage-time goal to claim victory for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday night.

In a frenetic first half at Goodison Park, dominated by an industrious home side, Ramires Funes Mori had the best chance, steering a free header wide from an Everton corner.

After the break Liverpool went into the ascendancy, with Roberto Firmino denied when through on goal by Maarten Stekelenburg, who later went off injured.

Funes Mori had another headed chance but directed it straight at Simon Mignolet, while Stekelenburg’s replacement, Joel Robles, saved well from Firmino’s late volley.

The winner came in the fourth minute of stoppage time when Mane reacted fastest to Daniel Sturridge’s shot hitting a post.

The result moves Liverpool to second, six points behind Chelsea while Everton are ninth.

Everton manager, Ronald Koeman told BBC Sport: “We are really disappointed to concede in extra time. The eight minutes killed us.

“We have to wait to see about Maarten Stekelenburg’s injury – we will know more tomorrow – and James McCarthy has a hamstring injury.

“I know exactly how fast Sadio Mane is, he reacted so well. We did not deserve to concede this goal.

“Maybe Ross Barkley was lucky, it was a hard tackle.”

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp told BBC Sport: “I don’t agree it was a poor first half. Maybe not the best football – you have to adapt to Everton’s wild game. A game like this you have to interrupt their rhythm with passing.

“In the second half it was clear they couldn’t do the same. We were better, we didn’t give one chance away I think.

“The goal was not the hardest shot from Sturridge, but hard enough. It was a wonderful feeling.

“I don’t like the flares too much. I’m a little bit scared about this. It was a long, long stoppage time. We gave them no chance.”

Crystal Palace To Face Manchester United In FA Cup Final

FA CupCrystal Palace on Sunday evening set up a repeat of the 1990 English FA Cup final against Manchester United after Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham secured a 2-1 victory over Watford at Wembley.

Bolasie headed in Yohan Cabaye’s corner to put Palace in front but after six minutes Troy Deeney sparked the semi-final into life with Watford’s equaliser nine minutes after halftime.

The equaliser, however, only lasted for seven minutes as Wickham popped up with the winning goal on 61 minutes.

Manchester United had defeated Everton 2-0 at Wembley on Saturday to go through into a record-equalling 19th FA Cup final.

Marouane Fellaini gave United a deserved first-half lead from close range and goalkeeper David de Gea also brilliantly saved Romelu Lukaku’s 57th-minute penalty.

An injury-time goal by Anthony Martial ensured Louis van Gaal’s side will face Crystal Palace.

Martial’s Late Goal Puts Manchester United Into FA Cup Final

Anthony-Martial leads Man Utd into FA Cup FinalsAn injury-time goal by Anthony Martial in a game against Everton at Wembley was enough for Manchester United to go through into a record-equalling 19th FA Cup final.

Martial ensured Louis van Gaal’s side will face either Crystal Palace or Watford with a composed finish in the dying seconds of the semi-final.

Marouane Fellaini gave United a deserved first-half lead from close range – but they were then indebted to goalkeeper David de Gea as he brilliantly saved Romelu Lukaku’s 57th-minute penalty, the BBC reports.

After a passive first 45 minutes that saw Everton jeered off at half-time, they drew level with 15 minutes left when Chris Smalling deflected Gerard Deulofeu’s cross into his own net.

As the game looked destined for extra-time, Ander Herrera’s poked pass sent Martial clear and the striker showed great composure to drill a low finish past Everton keeper Joel Robles.

England’s international captain, Wayne Rooney, showed his class in a deep-lying role behind United’s attack.

In the opening half especially, afforded time and space by a timid Everton, Rooney not only showed his full range of passes to create chances and dictate the game, he even showed the energy to get back and clear Lukaku’s early goalbound effort off the line.