Man United let slip a three-goal lead over Coventry but snatched trip to the final by penalties

Football news 21 apr 2024, 13:26
Liam Carter Dailysports's expert Liam Carter
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Manchester United faced Coventry in the semi-final of the FA Cup.

The Red Devils were clear favorites against the Championship team, and they began justifying their status from the early minutes.

The teams went into halftime with a two-goal advantage in favor of Manchester United. Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire found the net for the Mancunians. Coventry managed just one shot on target against their illustrious opponents in the first half.

It seemed that the second half had become a mere formality, considering the balance of power and Manchester United's advantage. This feeling was only strengthened when United scored again through Bruno Fernandes. But Coventry had other plans.

To their credit, the nominal hosts first broke the deadlock: Ellis Simms beat Andre Onana with an own goal. Then they significantly revived the intrigue by reducing the deficit to a minimum.

And then they achieved the incredible: coming back from 0:3 down. In stoppage time, Coventry earned the right to take a penalty, which was converted by Wright, sending the game into extra time.

Coventry was one step away from a fairytale, scoring late in the second overtime, but the goal was cancelled after a VAR review. The Cup finalist was decided in a penalty shootout. More accurately in the "lottery" were Man United players.

The winner of today's match will play against Manchester City in the FA Cup final. The meeting will take place at Wembley on 25 May.

FA Cup, Semi-final
Coventry - Manchester United 3:3 (2:4 - by penalties)
Goals: Simms (own goal), 71, O'Hare, 79, Wright (penalty), 90+3 - McTominay, 23, Maguire, 45+1, Bruno Fernandes, 58

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