Joker Fernandes takes a free kick: ManUnited throws Liverpool out of the cup

  • Title : Joker Fernandes takes a free kick: ManUnited throws Liverpool out of the cup
Date: 24 Jan 2021    


Manchester United have exacerbated rivals Liverpool's crisis in the FA Cup. The winning goal in the 3-2 home win was scored - as a joker - by Talisman Bruno Fernandes.


The Red Devils started the cup game much more actively than they did when they were 0-0 in the league, which they dominated in the opening minutes not only with their switch game. Greenwood gave the first warning shots (10th, 14th), Pogba had a half-chance after a corner (18th). But Liverpool was not at a loss for a counterattack - and took the lead through one: Firmino sent Salah in the last instance, who lifted the ball into the net via keeper Henderson (18th).
Greenwood meets again

As a result of their somewhat surprising opening goal, the guests became significantly more ball-dominant, while stable Red Devils, who allowed little, increasingly counted on counter attacks. After Pogba won the ball, it went very quickly, Rashford served with a dream pass Greenwood, who hit the far corner on the third attempt (26th). The Solskjaer protégés continued to counter dangerously and got far more good results than the LFC. Pogba missed a promising free kick (43.), McTominay failed to Alisson (44.).

In the second section the home side got off to a dream start: Cavani won the ball, then this time Greenwood served Rashford, who overcame Alisson with his low shot in the far corner (48th). Liverpool still couldn't be shaken off, which was again due to Cavani: After a bad pass by the attacker, Milner Firminos let through to Salah, who with a little luck tunnelled Henderson from a central position in the penalty area and made it 2-2 (58th).

Fernandes makes the difference

Suddenly the Reds had the upper hand, Henderson prevented a double strike against Alexander-Arnold (61st). The substitute keeper also parried against Salah, who was again staged by Firmino (67th). But then the time of the joker began. And while Mané barely appeared on one side, Fernandes welded a 17-meter free kick precisely into the goalie corner on the other (78th). Cavani almost made it 4: 2 on the Portuguese's cross, but his header hit the post (89th).