Man City vs Liverpool player ratings, final score, 3 things from FA Cup semi

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Liverpool might’ve not needed this, but Jurgen Klopp clearly knew what it would mean to put down a marker against a Manchester City side that’s proven an indomitable head-to-head obstacle for nearly two-plus seasons.

A nearly full-strength Reds, clearly as depleted in energy as their Wembley Stadium opponents, celebrated loudly on the pitch after holding on to beat Man City 3-2 in an FA Cup semifinal on Saturday.

This was a really weird game, nowhere near the level or intensity of last weekend’s gangbusters 2-2 draw between Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League but still giving us volumes to dissect in earnest.

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Maybe because it was the fourth-straight brutal match with plenty of cross-continent travel thrown-in, but a weakened Man City made atypical errors and backup goalkeeper Zack Steffen — yes, of USMNT fame — was very, very poor as Liverpool was better across the board and rode a three-goal halftime lead to their 3-2 win.

Ibrahima Konate bossed the Man City box to score off a corner and Sadio Mane feasted on a Steffen error before scoring another and leaving little question as to who was heading to the final for a date with either Crystal Palace or Chelsea.

Jack Grealish scored early in the second half for City in his latest standout performance, while Bernardo Silva scored late to set up a short-lived but grandstand finish.

Stats, analysis, player ratings, and more from Man City vs Liverpool, below, as we propose Saturday as the day we learned that Liverpool is genuinely looking at aaaalllll the trophies the same while Man City only has eyes for two.


Man City vs Liverpool final score, stats

Man City 2, Liverpool 3

Scorers: Konate (9′), Mane (17′, 45′), Grealish (47′), Silva (90’+1)

Shot attempts: Man City 10, Liverpool 11

Shots on goal: Man City 6, Liverpool 7

Possession: Man City 49, Liverpool 51


Three Four things we learned from Man City vs Liverpool

1. Pep Guardiola really cares about the Premier League as much as the UCL: Pep Guardiola had a chance to look across from him to the team that’s become his most-recent Real Madrid or Borussia Dortmund, and go for an eternal flex: If City could take a team as historically strong as Liverpool, keep them in the PL title rearview and then beat them Saturday, leaving them out of the FA Cup and in the Premier League backseat to boot all in the same fortnight? Especially with a potential European Cup to stage between the era’s two best teams still to come? Flexxxxx.

Instead, Guardiola kept Kevin De Bruyne in a “break in case of emergency” case and only twice fumbled with the latch. He continued Ruben Dias’ renewal despite the Portuguese being read for a place on the bench. And he rested Aymeric Laporte, Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez, and Rodri, only using one sub — Mahrez — off the bench in getting his men ready for…. Brighton.

We’ve long known how badly he wants to bring the European Cup to Man City, but we shouldn’t forget that this Catalan man holds the utmost respect for the long haul of a domestic season crown and what it takes to get there.

Man City tried to win, obviously. No one is debating that. But in retrospect it’s easy to say that one of these teams’ managers cared more for what it would mean to win this match: It wasn’t the guy in charge of the Premier League leaders. City can go into any match the rest of the way and know a win is possible if not probable. They’ve knocked their next UEFA Champions League opponents Real Madrid out of the same competition in recent memory and City entered Saturday with a five-match unbeaten run against Liverpool (should they and the Reds reach the final). In fact, you could make a stretch of an argument — and this probably goes too many layers deep — that Guardiola chose this slightly-weakened side because a full-strength loss could hurt his season’s goals more than a full-strength win could benefit them. And if City did manage to get a win over Liverpool on Saturday with this unit? Well, picture Pep hanging on the rim a la Prince in “Chappelle’s Show,” deadpanning, “Game, blouses.”

2. Jurgen Klopp knew what his players needed, went for (and got) his first trip to FA Cup Final: Depending how highly you rate Joel Matip and Diogo Jota — or if you think either is clearly better than Ibrahima Konate and Luis Diaz, respectively — then Klopp threw something very close to his best XI at Man City. Jordan Henderson has his backers but the Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho, Naby Keita midfield when humming is just the perfect picture of a Klopp midfield.

Yet for every manager who preaches depth and taking every competition as it comes — remember the League Cup / Club World Cup escapades versus Villa of a season ago? — look at his Saturday lineup again. Now read it considering that Liverpool just played two UEFA Champions League matches sandwiched around a must-win Premier League bout with Man City. And that it has two huge Premier League rivalry matches this week (Man United and Everton). You didn’t see Caoimhin Kelleher, Joe Gomez, Curtis Jones, and James Milner.

This is a man who knows he’s locked with Pep Guardiola’s City in a trophy- and point-counting duel for the ages, and a man who knows his side had won just once in nine tries against a club threatening to claim “dad” status on him. This on the surface wasn’t a must-win for Klopp’s living legends, but… now that it’s happened… doesn’t it feel like it actually was?

3. Zack Steffen might not be at Man City next year: For all that said above, Man City is probably in extra time at-worst if the USMNT goalkeeper doesn’t have another FA Cup howler. And the American was clearly shaken deep into stoppage, even as Man City chased a last-gasp comeback. We’ve seen Steffen look incredible at Fortuna Dusseldorf and, obviously, Columbus, but this Zack Steffen — even acknowledging his injury issues — is not fit to start World Cup games ahead of Matt Turner and Ethan Horvath, both who may be in the Premier League next season (one as a starter). Pep backed Steffen after the game, but we’re not sure the American will have another chance between the sticks until the preseason comes and the transfer market along with it.

4. Mohamed Salah deserves a break: The Egyptian is one of the best players in the world, but he hasn’t been the same since the Africa Cup of Nations (and later the World Cup qualifying playoffs). Salah has still be industrious and electric, in love with the game and playing on a level most players don’t reach more than a few stretches of their careers, but his finishing has been off. He looks like a man who has been carrying the hopes of a nation on his back for months, maybe years, and could use a nap but won’t allow himself one. Honestly, there’s a world where today is one he’s rested just out of what’s to come. Maybe he wouldn’t let it happen, but a sharp Mohamed Salah scores three today. This isn’t a sharp Mo Salah.

Man of the Match:  Thiago Alcantara — Maybe if this man stays healthy, Liverpool’s the team in the PL catbird seat. Full marks to Grealish, Mane, Joao Cancelo, Alisson Becker, and Konate.


Man City player ratings (out of 10)

Steffen (4); Zinchenko (5), Ake (4.5), Stones (6), Cancelo (7), Foden (5), Fernandinho (5.5), Bernardo Silva (7), Sterling (6.5), Grealish (7.5), G. Jesus (6). Subs: Mahrez (7.5)

Liverpool player ratings (out of 10)

Alisson (7.5); Alexander-Arnold (7.5), Konate (7.5), Van Dijk (7), Robertson (6.5), Keita (7), Fabinho (6.5), Alcantara (8), Salah (5.5), Mane (8.5), Diaz (7.5). Subs: Henderson (6), Firmino (N/A), Jota (N/A), Jones (N/A)

Argentina overcomes blown two-goal lead, beats Netherlands in penalty shootout

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Lionel Messi scored one goal and assisted another before the Netherlands hit Argentina twice in the final 20 minutes, but the Albiceleste survived a penalty kick shootout to reach the semifinals of the 2022 World Cup on Friday.

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Argentina will now face Croatia, who shocked the world and beat Brazil earlier on Friday, in the first semifinal on Tuesday.

The opening goal came from virtually nothing, as Messi dribbled through midfield with four orange shirts between him and the goal, and three shading out Nahuel Molina, the eventual goal scorer. It mattered not one bit at all. Messi slipped the ball not only through one line of defenders, but also back across one lane of traffic, stopping it on a dime for Molina to receive it in stride and tuck it inside the far post.

Messi got his goal at the penalty spot in the 73rd minute, atoning for his missed spot kick against Poland during the group stage. At 2-0, with barely a quarter-hour remaining, Argentina had one foot in the semifinals and Messi was just over three hours of football from lifting the World Cup trophy.

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As brilliant as Messi was in attack, Argentina’s defensive performance was suffocating and controlling (for a time) as they allowed just one shot in the opening 82 minutes, before a frantic final eight minutes, which included a goal to make it mighty interesting late on with long ball after long ball to substitute Wout Weghorst. And, it was Weghorst who headed home the first Dutch goal after Steven Berghuis whipped a fantastic cross into the box.

10 minutes into second-half stoppage time, with the entire world watching and waiting to see if he could get the ball over the wall and back down under the crossbar, Teun Koopmeiners slipped a clever ball toward the penalty spot for Weghorst to collect and sweep it past Emiliano Martinez.

Martinez made saves to deny Virgil van Dijk and Berghuis in the first two rounds of the shootout, as Argentina raced out to a 3-1 advantage after three rounds. Things got interesting when Enzo Fernandez pulled his attempt wide of the post in round no. 4, but Lautaro Martinez hammered the ball past Andries Noppert to end it at 4-3.

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How to watch Netherlands vs Argentina live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Friday, December 9
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Louis van Gaal is looking for arguably the only major trophy to escape his reach with the World Cup, and Virgil van Dijk isn’t too far behind his manager. Jurrien Timber’s joined VVD in a very good back three, Cody Gakpo had been the breakout player of the tournament in all likelihood before Goncalo Ramos captured the world’s attention with his hat trick for Portugal on Tuesday.

Enzo Fernandez has been shining along with Messi, while Nicolas Otamendi has turned back the proverbial clock at center back in a tour de force for the CONMEBOL powers.


Netherlands quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 8
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 10
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (Won Group G)
Coach: Louis van Gaal
Key players: Virgil van Dijk, Memphis Depay, Frenkie de Jong

Argentina quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 3
World Cup titles: 2 (1978, 1986)
World Cup appearances: 17
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (2nd place)
Coach: Lionel Scaloni
Key players: Lionel Messi, Angel de Maria, Lautaro Martinez

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World Cup 2022 schedule – how to watch, quarterfinals, calendar, match schedule, brackets, dates

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The World Cup 2022 schedule is locked in and this tournament in Qatar has been sensational as the knockout rounds will capture the imagination of the globe.

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Japan, Australia and Morocco made the last 16 with so many huge shocks during the tournament, but the Atlas Lions are the only one of the trio to survive into the quarterfinals. Germany, Denmark, and Belgium all crashed out in the group stage.

In the quarterfinals Croatia dumped out red-hot favorites Brazil on penalty kicks to blow the tournament wide-open, while Argentina edged past the Netherlands on penalty kicks in an epic encounter.

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The other side of the bracket sees Morocco meeting Portugal for the right to tangle with the winner of England vs France.

So, yeah, the quarterfinals, semifinals, and final should be dynamite. Bring. It. On.

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Below is the schedule in full, details on how to watch the games and everything else you need..

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World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Knockout round kick-off times: 10am, 2pm (both ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

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Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H | Full tables


Quarterfinal schedule

Match 58 – Friday, December 9: Croatia 1-1 Brazil (Croatia wins 4-2 on penalties) – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan

Match 57 – Friday, December 9: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina (Argentina wins 4-3 on penalties) – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

Match 60 – Saturday, December 10: Morocco vs Portugal (preview) – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 10am

Match 59 – Saturday, December 10: England vs France (preview) – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Semifinal schedule

Match 61 – Tuesday, December 13: Argentina vs Croatia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm

Match 62 – Wednesday, December 14: Winners Match 59 vs Winners Match 60 – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Third-place play-off

Match 63 – Saturday, December 17: Losers Match 61 vs Losers Match 62 – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm


Final

Match 64 – Sunday, December 18: Winners Match 61 vs Winners Match 62 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am


Round of 16 results

Match 49 – Saturday, December 3: Netherlands 3-1 USA – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

Match 50 – Saturday, December 3: Argentina 2-1 Australia – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

Match 52 – Sunday, December 4: France 3-1 Poland – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha

Match 51 – Sunday, December 4: England 3-0 Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Match 53 – Monday, December 5: Japan 1-1 (AET, 1-3 PKs) – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

Match 54 – Monday, December 5: Brazil 4-1 South Korea – Stadium 974, Doha

Match 55 – Tuesday, December 6: Morocco 0-0 (AET, 3-0 PKs) Spain – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan

Match 56 – Tuesday, December 6: Portugal 6-1 Switzerland – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail


Group stage results

Group A

Recap/highlights: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Senegal 0-2 Netherlands  – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 5am
Recap/highlights: Qatar 1-3 Senegal – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Netherlands 1-1 Ecuador – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Netherlands 2-0 Qatar – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Ecuador 1-2 Senegal –  Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

Group B

Recap/highlights: England 6-2 Iran – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: USA 1-1 Wales – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: England 0-0 USA – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Wales 0-2 Iran – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Wales 0-3 England – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Iran 0-1 USA – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor

Group C

Recap/highlights: Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Mexico 0-0 Poland – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Argentina 2-0 Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Poland 0-2 Argentina – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Saudi Arabia 1-2 Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

Group D

Recap/highlights: France 4-1 Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Denmark 0-0 Tunisia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: France 2-1 Denmark – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Tunisia 0-1 Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Tunisia 1-0 France –  Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Australia 1-0 Denmark – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

Group E

Recap/highlights: Spain 7-0 Costa Rica – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Germany 1-2 Japan – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Spain 1-1 Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Japan 0-1 Costa Rica – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Japan 2-1 Spain – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Costa Rica 2-4 Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Group F

Recap/highlights: Belgium 1-0 Canada – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Morocco 0-0 Croatia – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 5am
Recap/highlights: Belgium 0-2 Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Croatia 4-1 Canada – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Croatia 0-0 Belgium – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights Canada 1-2 Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor

Group G

Recap/highlights: Brazil 2-0 Serbia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Brazil 1-0 Switzerland – Stadium 974, Doha – 11am
Recap/highlights: Cameroon 3-3 Serbia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Cameroon 1-0 Brazil – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Serbia 2-3 Switzerland – Stadium 974, Doha

Group H

Recap/highlights: Portugal 3-2 Ghana – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Portugal 2-0 Uruguay – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: South Korea 2-3 Ghana – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: South Korea 2-1 Portugal – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Ghana 0-2 Uruguay – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah


Morocco vs Portugal: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Can red-hot Portugal find a way past Yassine Bounou and Morocco when the World Cup quarterfinals hit Qatar on Saturday?

Match 60 of the tournament will see Bounou riding high after stopping three of four penalties faced in the Round of 16 versus Spain, but Portugal won’t be thinking about going more than 90 minutes after scoring a half-dozen goals against Switzerland.

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a fourth-minute goal to lead Portugal past Morocco in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, but Morocco’s yet to lose in Qatar.

The Atlas Lions needed penalties to beat Spain in the Round of 16, while Portugal had no such trouble in clobbering Switzerland 6-1.

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Here is everything you need for Morocco vs Portugal.


How to watch Morocco vs Portugal live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday December 10
Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium, Doha
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Bounou — spelled Bono on his jersey — was sensational in penalties, but Morocco’s defenders limited Spain to a single shot on target. Romain Saiss has been especially good in the middle of the back line while Achraf Hakimi and Noussair Mazroui have been effective out wide, going forward and defending.

Portugal put Goncalo Ramos in the Starting XI for Cristiano Ronaldo and the 21-year-old center forward scored three goals and added an assist against Switzerland. Bruno Fernandes has been wonderful for Portugal, while Ruben Neves and Rafael Leao were able to get through the match with small sub roles and should be rested if called upon by Fernando Santos, who is seeking a World Cup to go with his EURO crown.


Morocco quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 22
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CAF
Coach: Vahid Halilhodzic
Key players: Achraf Hakimi, Yassine Bounou, Youssef En-Nesyri, Romain Saiss

Portugal quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 9
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 8
How they qualified: Qualified from UEFA via playoffs
Coach: Fernando Santos
Key players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruben Neves, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Cancel

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England vs France: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Match 59 of the 2022 World Cup features a pair of European heavyweights duking it out for a place in the semifinals when England faces France on Saturday.

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Didier Deschamps’ France is bidding to become a back-to-back World Cup winner, but Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions are tournament-hardened and have shown their explosive nature three times this tournament.

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France beat Poland 3-1 in its Round of 16 match while England overcame a dodgy start to pound Senegal 3-0.

Neither team can say its faced a test like this in the tournament, and this could be a fantastic fight in Qatar.

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Here is everything you need for England vs France.


How to watch England vs France live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Saturday, December 1
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

England will look to Harry Kane, though the question remains who will flank the Tottenham center forward. Marcus Rashford’s been very good but Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden got the starting spots against Senegal and it paid off for Southgate.

Kylian Mbappe has been borderline unstoppable and will test Harry Maguire, John Stones, and friends and Antoine Griezmann pulls the strings in behind and Aurelien Tchouameni continues to strengthen his reputation in the center of the pitch.


England quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 5
World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA
Coach: Gareth Southgate
Key players: Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Jordan Pickford

France quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 4
World Cup titles: 2 (1998, 2018)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (Won Group D)
Coach: Didier Deschamps
Key players: Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann

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