FA CUP

Sadio Mane's brace downs Manchester City at Wembley as Liverpool advance to FA Cup final

Sadio Mane was at the double on Saturday as Manchester City fell in the FA Cup semifinal at Wembley

Sadio Mane has now scored three goals in two matches within one week against Manchester City (IMAGO/UK Sports Pics Ltd)

Senegal forward Sadio Mane was the hero for Liverpool on Saturday evening as the Reds registered a 3-1 victory over Manchester City in the first semifinal of the 2021/22 FA Cup competition.

Mane scored a first-half brace (17' & 45') to back Ibrahima Konate's 9th-minute opener as Liverpool ran riot on a changed Manchester City side at Wembley.

Liverpool have now booked their place in the final of the FA Cup and await the result from the second semifinal between Chelsea and Crystal Palace scheduled for Sunday to know their opponents for the May 14 final.

Konate bagged his third goal in three matches as the French international opened the scoring at a fully-packed Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

The 22-year-old centre-back only opened his goalscoring account for Liverpool in the Reds' UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg against Benfica 11 days ago, but he has now scored in the next two matches he played in.

Konate now has three (3) goals and one (1) assist to his name in all competitions in his debut season for Liverpool.

However, Mane was the star of the match as the 30-year-old forward shone ahead of Egypt's Mohamed Salah and Luiz Diaz at Wembley.

Mane scored for the second game in a week against Manchester City to take his season tally to 18 goals across all competitions this season.

Mane scored with his first two shots of the match as he showed his predatory instinct to close down second-choice Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen for the Senegalese captain's first goal of the evening.

Liverpool rode out a determined Manchester City side as Pep Guardiola's side put up a spirited fight in the second half.

Jack Grealish scored an early goal (47') in the second half to give City hope of a comeback but even Bernardo Silva's 91st goal was too little too late for the Premier League champions.

Liverpool maintain their hopes of at least two trophies this season as they are now into the final of the FA Cup coupled with their semifinal spot in the UEFA Champions League.

Liverpool will face either Chelsea or Crystal Palace in the final of the FA Cup title on May 14 at Wembley.

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