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Wolves defeat United in FA Cup thriller

Pin Jimenez bagged the first Wolves goal. ESPN
Jimenez bagged the first Wolves goal. ESPN

Wolves defeat United in FA Cup thriller

Tom Master by Tom Master @besoccer_com - 0 +15k

Wolves are through to the FA Cup Semi-Final after an impressive second half performance saw them beat the Manchester club at Molineux.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are through to the FA Cup Semi Finals after a dramatic evening at Molineux, in which we saw last season's beaten finalists well beaten by a resilient Wolves side. Goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota gave Wolves an unasaillable advantage, with United only able to register Marcus Rashford's consolation effort 5 minutes into overtime.

After a slow starting first half in which the highlights were long range efforts from Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, the game quickly began to open up and the drama began to unfold. Jesse Lingard had an effort fantastically blocked by the impressive captain Connor Coady in the 26th minute and from then on Wolves grew in confidence.

Efforts from Ruben Neves in the 28th minute and Diogo Jota in the 29th saw Wolves come close before a penalty shout in the 36th minute was denied by referee, Martin Atkinson. Wolves were only denied by a fantastic save by United's Argentinian goalkeeper, Sergio Romero in the 42nd minute as he brilliantly diverted Jota's attempt away from goal.

The second half saw an early chance for Marcus Rashford sail wide before Wolves once again began to take control. Romero made 2 more fantastic saves to prevent Jimenez in the 53rd minute with an incredible fingertip save onto the cross bar from a powerful header, and Joao Moutinho in the 58th minute with a dipping long range effort.

By the time Woles did break the deadlock it was no longer a case of if, it was when, and it was Jimenez who finally managed to put the ball past Romero in the 70th minute, despite being surrounded by United players. It then went from bad to worse for United, with Jota slotting home in the bottom left corner after shrugging off Luke Shaw and outpacing Chris Smalling. 

We then had a moment of VAR drama as Victor Lindelof was originally shown a straight red card for bringing down Jota on the counter attack, but after VAR review it was deemed that it was not a red card offence and was reduced to a booking for the Swedish international. Amazingly, Wolves continued to attack and Adama Traore had an effort just after coming on for Jota sail marginally wide before Rashford finally brought United some joy seconds before the final whistle was blown with a simple tap in from 10 yards out.

Their faint hopes of a second remarkable come back in as many weeks were swiftly ended when Atkinson blew the final whistle virtually straight after the kick off was taken after Rashford's goal. For Wolves, it was a night to remember in front of their home fans, for Manchester United, it was a heartbreaking second defeat in a row after losing to Arsenal 2-0 in the Premier League last weekend. 

Tom Master

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