With an intractable Garnacho, Manchester United cut off City’s successful push and left them without the FA Cup in a vibrant final

With an intractable Garnacho, Manchester United cut off City’s successful push and left them without the FA Cup in a vibrant final
With an intractable Garnacho, Manchester United cut off City’s successful push and left them without the FA Cup in a vibrant final


He hit Manchester United at Wembley. After a poor performance in the Premier League, this Saturday they closed the season with a title, against none other than Manchester City and in the final of the FA Cup. It was a 2-1 victory, with a goal from Alejandro Garnacho, who lifted the trophy along with another teammate from the Argentine team who was also a starter, Lisandro Martínez.

Effective in the rival area, the Red Devils struck twice in less than 10 minutes in the initial stage, thanks to a blooper and a great goal. For City, who had had a lot of difficulty finding space in the first half, it was difficult to overcome the deficit although they improved in the second half, where Julián Álvarez entered. Was some suspense at the end, with Jeremy Doku’s discount, but United retained the victory and became champion.

Alejandro Garnacho’s celebration after scoring his goal, which opened the scoring for Manchester United, which defeated Manchester City at Wembley.Kin Cheung – AP

Thus, Manchester United managed to win the oldest tournament in the world and stay with qualification for the Champions League, in the only possibility he had of accessing the European cups after finishing eighth in the English tournament. For City, which last weekend won the Premier League for the fourth consecutive time, it was a closing far from what was expected, with a performance below what it had been showing.

“I am very excited. It was not a good season, It was not what we expected, but today we celebrate this cup, which is also important. He had a season with many injuries, which had never happened to me, but I know I never have to give up. Because of my mentality, no one is going to stop me,” said Lisandro Martínez, already with the medal hanging around his neck.

Bruno Fernandes took a free kick out of the field, as if it were rugby, and the referee signaled the end of the game. Manchester United won 2-1 and are FA Cup champions, against City and at Wembley.

Ten Hag bets on a five-player defense to contain City in the final minutes and Garnacho comes out, applauded. Lindelof takes his place on the field.

It is announced that the game will have seven additional minutes. The definition of the FA Cup is in a suspense stage after City’s discount, which wants to tie to go to extra time.

Doku faced up, got rid of Garnacho and scored from outside the area, at the near post. Onala came to touch it but could not prevent the discount. The ending is frenetic.

At times, United manages to cross the middle of the field and takes care of the ball in the rival field, as if to take a break. Time is running out, City can’t handle Onana and their classic rival defends the difference.

Walker returned with a strong shot from outside the area and Onana again blocked his shot to avoid the discount.

Cramped, Lisandro Martínez is treated and leaves the field of play, in the middle of discussions with a couple of rivals who reproach him for having been there for a long time. Jonny Evans enters his place. In addition, Rashford makes way for Hojlund.

He faced from the right, looked for the clearing and finished off Garnacho, who found Ortega Moreno well positioned next to the near post to take it to the corner.

After a good assist from Foden, Álvarez found himself face to face with Onana, under pressure, and tried to finish near the far post, but the ball went wide.

Walker tried a strong shot from outside the area and Onana responded with good reflexes to take it to the corner.

Julián Álvarez jumps onto the playing field, instead of De Bruyne. The striker immediately participated in an advance against a United team that has all its players in their own field, near their area.

After a good team play, Haaland made the first decision and the post denied the Norwegian the goal. City improved, playing closer to the rival goal.

United moved and the second stage was put into play. City is better suited in defense for the setback after the advantages it gave in the first half.

For the second half, Pep Guardiola appeals to two modifications: Doku and Akanji enter for Aké and Kovacic. City is forced to come back from 0-2.

United goes into the break leading 2-0, with great effectiveness (two goals in three shots on goal) and good defensive work to close the spaces and control Haaland.

Alejandro Garnacho’s celebration when he opened the scoring for Manchester United, in a great first half.Kin Cheung – AP

The sign indicates that there will be two extra minutes in the first half. United is effective, City can’t find the way.

Another quick attack from United, rotating the ball with speed and Kobbie Manioo scored for 2-0, in another action in which Garnacho appeared alone on the right and read the options in the attack well.

A goal by Rashford was disallowed, after an assist from Garnacho, because the Argentine was ahead at the start of the play, very close to the halfway line. City is gifted in defense.

A run by Garnacho seemed to be diluted when the ball went up and was left to Gvardiol, but the defender wanted to head the pass to his goalkeeper, who came out in a hurry, and the one who took advantage was the Argentine, who followed the play and pushed for the goal. of United.

City looks for where to go and soon loses patience to throw crosses at Haaland, who is well controlled by Lisandro up to this point. United’s priority is to make Rashford run on the left. Garnacho’s shot was the only one towards the three posts so far.

He received the pass on the right, outlined himself as he entered the area and tried Garnacho with a cross shot. His shot went straight into the hands of Ortega Moreno. A nice start to the game at Wembley.

Rashford faced the City area on a counterattack and Ortega Moreno was alert to counter the danger and come out playing with his foot. In response, City claimed a penalty from Lisandro on Haaland in the center that no one managed to connect.

Foden puts the game into play with a back pass to Ortega Moreno and the goalkeeper launches the aerial shot towards the other field, in a curious start. The FA Cup final is underway at Wembley.

After the warm-up exercises, a brief presentation show with the presence of Prince William in the stadium and entering the trophy field, the teams line up in the tunnel to go out onto the playing field. The final is coming at Wembley.

The stands are filling up at Wembley, with Manchester United and City fansAFP Agency – AFP

After finishing eighth and out of the international cup positions in the English tournament, United wants to keep the title to also achieve that goal. Coach Erik Ten Hag ordered Onana to play from the start; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Lisandro Martínez, Dalot; Mainoo, Amrabat; Garnacho, Rashford, Bruno Fernades, and McTominay.

After being champion of the Premier League, City is looking for another title. Pep Guardiola chose these 11 to start the game: Ortega Moreno, Walker, Stones, Aké, Gvardiol; Rodrigo, Kovacic; De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Foden; and Haaland.

Teammates on the Argentine national team, Alejandro Garnacho, Lisandro Martínez and Julián Álvarez are rivals this time, although only those from United will be local, while La Araña will start from the substitute bench.

From 11 a.m. (Argentine time), Manchester City and Manchester United face each other in the FA Cup final at Wembley. The Manchester classic defines a title, like last season, when the Citizens lifted the cup.

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