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English F.A. Cup: Martial’s winner sends Red Devils into next month’s Final


04-24-2016 13:12 BJT

To England for the first Semi-Final in this year's FA Cup, Manchester United took on Everton. These two teams have won the old trophy a combined 16 times, and appeared in the Last Four on a staggering 56 occasions.

The Red Devils came into this contest at Wembley Stadium with five wins in their previous six matches overall, but would get all they could handle from the Toffees, who had gone six games without a victory, a situation that would set up some late heroics from Anthony Martial.

This clash also features a pair of embattled managers, with Louis Van Gaal matching wits against Roberto Martinez.

And the men in blue have the first big chance, but Romelo Lukaku's effort is headed off the line by Wayne Rooney in the fifth minute, and the Belgian wishes he could have a do-over.

Manchester United 2 - Everton 1

Martial’s winner sends Red Devils into next month’s Final

In the 33rd, Marcus Rashford gives the ball to Martial, who gets behind the Everton defense to set up Marouane Fellaini, and the man with the luscious locks make it 1-NIL United, firing up the red side of the stands in London.

Another look as Martial keeps the ball inbounds, and the Belgian does the rest, to the delight of his coaches.

But they won't like Timothy Fosu-Mensah's tackle on Ross Barkley after half-time, as it sets up a penalty kick for the Toffees. Lukaku steps up to the spot, but David De Gea says access denied. A nice diving save by the goalkeeper, and it stays 1-NIL in the 57th minute.

Everton on the attack in the 74th, and the attempted cross by Gerard Deulofeu would be deflected into the Red Devils net by Chris Smalling, with the own-goal making it 1-ALL.

That brings us to stoppage time, where Ander Herrera gives the ball back to Martial, and he fires it past Joel Robles to put United ahead 2-1. The 20-year-old Frenchman sank the Toffees in EPL action three weeks ago, and he seems to have done it again here.

Martial crossing to Herrera from the flank, before racing forward and rocketing the ball out of the keeper's reach.

And that would be the winner for the Red Devils, who will return to Wembley next month, for their record-tying 19th FA Cup Final.

"We were out of the game, but then we were back in the game, and we come in the third or fourth phase. Only the last pass was not all that good, but then Anthony Martial scores a fantastic goal, so we are lucky that we scored in the last minute, but we deserved to win," said Louis Van Gaal,Manchester United manager.

"The whole story becomes very heartbreaking, because the goal comes against the run of play in injury time, it's always a difficult moment to concede, but after that second half period, I don't think we deserved to be on the losing side. Going into extra time, I just feel our team would have been the strongest one as the longer the game progressed and that's why it's a major, major disappointment," said Roberto Martinez, Everton manager.

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