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Man City vs Liverpool FC highlights and reaction as Bernardo Silva sets up nervy finish



Manchester City’s hopes of winning the treble ended by a destructive Liverpool first half display at Wembley in their FA Cup semi-final.

City and Liverpool drew in an entertaining 2-2 draw in the Premier League six days ago to keep the Blues top of the table, and both sides progressed in the Champions League in midweek. Liverpool were able to rest seven key players though, while a full-strength City side were taken all the way by Atletico Madrid.

Pep Guardiola named Kevin De Bruyne in his squad but only on the bench, while Kyle Walker was not involved after both limped off against Atletico. Guardiola made seven changes to that side, and a full-strength Liverpool outfit made their freshness count.

Ibrahima Konate rose unmarked from a corner to power Liverpool ahead early on before Sadio Madne slid in as Zack Steffen pondered under his own bar to be gifted a second. Mane made it three with a smart volley before half time.

Jack Grealish levelled 70 seconds into the second half, and Bernardo Silva’s 90th minute goal set up a nervy finish, but Liverpool ultimately booked a place in the final.

Follow below for pre-match build-up, live match updates and post-match reaction from Wembley.

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Watch Bernardo’s goal

It’s the hope that kills you.

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Rate the players

Be kind to Steffen.

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Full time scenes

Straight over to Zack Steffen.

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Full time

There’s the whistle. Liverpool progress to the FA Cup final.

City won’t win the treble this season.

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Steffen saves

Roberto Firmino tries to make the game safe, but Zack Steffen saves. Is there time?

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Sterling shoots

Raheem Sterling shoots straight at Alisson.

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Another corner

Riyad Mahrez volleys and that’s deflected too.

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Over!

Fernandinho volleys towards goal but it’s deflected over!

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Bernardo scores!

Bernardo Silve slots home from a tight angle.

Four minutes added on. They couldn’t, could they?

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Another Liverpool change

Thiago Alcantara has bossed the midfield today. Curtis Jones replaces him.

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Jesus injury concern?

Gabriel Jesus looked to be hobbling when he went off then. Just what City need.

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Over the bar

Riyad Mahrez runs over it and Raheem Sterling leans back and balloons his effort over the bar.

Sadio Mane is replaced by Diogo Jota for Liverpool. Luiz Dias goes off for Roberto Firmino.

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Mahrez comes on

Riyad Mahrez is on for Jesus. Will he take this free kick?

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Free kick City

Gabriel Jesus wins a free kick outside the Liverpool penalty area.

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Game has gone quiet

There’s not been much to report in the last few minutes. Liverpool are happy to sit back and play on the break, and City don’t have enough to get past them at the moment.

You’d feel De Bruyne or Mahrez would help, as the clock approaches 80 minutes,

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Liverpool change

Jordan Henderson is on for Naby keita.

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Salah into side netting

Luis Dis plucks a throughball out of the air and Aleks Zinchenko doesn’t deal with Diaz’s attempts to find Mo Salah.

Salah attempts to chip in from an angle but finds the side netting.

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Jesus denied

Gabriel Jesus is through one-on-one but Alisson saves well. Unlucky.

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Sterling cross blocked

After a bit of a mix-up from Andy Robertson, Raheem Sterling has time to pick out a man in the centre amid a sea of Liverpool bodies. The cross is firm, but blocked and cleared by Ibrahima Konate.

At the other end, Nathan Ake does brilliantly to stay with Mo Salah and block the ball as the shot is coming.

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Now Mane is booked

Is there a bit of revenge there as Sadio Mane clips Fernandinho? Another booking.

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De Bruyne warming up

Kevin De Bruyne looks to be intensifying his warm-up on the sideline.

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Not Fernandinho’s best afternoon

He got away with one in the first half.

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Fernandinho goes in the book

Fernandinho flies in and catches Sadio Mane. He’s off the ground, but hooks Mane’s ankle rather than goes in with studs up. Yellow card.

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Jesus wins a corner

Gabriel Jesus is through but Virgil Van Dijk is quick to force him wide. Jesus gets the shot away on an angle, but Alisson is out to save. The corner is over Nathan Ake’s head and out.

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Watch Grealish’s goal

Good finish, all about Jesus’ work in the build-up.

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Keita booked

Naby Keita catches Fernandinho as they go for a high ball. The studs were up slightly and it’s a yellow card.

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Grealish pulls one back!!

Now then!

Gabriel Jesus times the run perfectly, checks back and feeds Jack Grealish to thump City back in the tie.

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Back underway

We’re back underway at Wembley. Pep Guardiola has made no changes to his side at the break.

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City statement on minute’s silence disruption

The minute’s silence to remember victims of the Hillsborough disaster was cut short after chanting from the City end.

City have rightly condemned the minority who disrupted the silence.





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