Liverpool edge Man City in thriller to reach FA Cup final

Liverpool edge Man City in thriller to reach FA Cup final

Liverpool produced a devastating first-half performance then survived a Manchester City fightback to beat their Premier League title rivals 3-2 at Wembley and advance to the FA Cup final.

Six days on from the thrilling 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp's team appeared to be cruising into the final after scoring three unanswered goals during a one-sided first half as Sadio Mane scored twice after Ibrahima Konate's early header.

But Manchester City rallied after the break, reducing the deficit almost immediately when Jack Grealish fired home from a Gabriel Jesus pass, with Bernardo Silva then setting up a tense finale when he slid home from close range in the last minute of normal time.

Liverpool were indebted to Alisson for keeping City at bay before that, the goalkeeper twice denying Gabriel Jesus, while at the opposite end Zack Steffen, picked in place of Ederson, was badly at fault for Mane's first goal, when the 30-year-old charged him down, and his second, when his volley beat him at his near post.

Liverpool's victory, jubilantly celebrated by the red-shirted fans who made the trip to a sun-drenched Wembley, ends City's treble hopes and keeps their own dream of a quadruple alive after their Carabao Cup triumph earlier this season.