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  • Updated: April 21, 2024

Man United survive Coventry City scare, book Emirates FA Cup final berth 

Man United survive Coventry City scare, book Emirates FA Cu

Manchester United will return to Wembley and face city rivals Manchester City in the final of the Emirates FA Cup after defeating Coventry City 4-2 via a penalty shootout in Sunday's semifinal match.

The competition's surprise package, Coventry City, came from three goals down to force a 3-3 draw in regulation time and extra time, but the lottery of penalties was required to decide the winners.

United continued to threaten and the first goal came in the 23rd minute through Scot Mctominay who bundled the ball home from a Diego Dalot cutback.

United's second goal came at the stroke of halftime when Rashford's curling shot was pushed away for a corner kick. Harry Maguire headed in from a textbook header to double the lead.

Fernandez was given a chance to put his name on the scoresheet with almost an hour played. The Portuguese profited from a loose ball after Rashford's shot was blocked. His low shot took a slight deflection and the ball flew past the goalkeeper.

Maguire zipped the ball above the goalpost soon afterwards and another opportunity went begging. 

Former Everton forward Simms was well positioned to sweep home a cross floated into the box in the 71st minute to get his team on the scoresheet. 

Coventry grabbed their second goal through Callum O'Hare whose long-range drive after receiving a pass from the impressive Simms took a wicked deflection from Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Wan-Bissaka handled the ball in added time inside the box and a penalty was the verdict of the referee. Haji Wright converted for a nervy finish to 90 minutes of football.

A swift counter from the Championship side early in the second half of extra time culminated in a corner kick while a similar break under the space of three minutes saw Wright drag his shot across the goal.

Simms was strong with his back-to-goal five minutes to the end of extra time. The striker used his strength to good effect but his shot which beat Onana could not result in the winner as the ball came crashing off the crossbar.

The humiliation of United was averted in the last minute of the extra time when Torp's goal was ruled out for offside as Haji Wright who provided the assist was a bit faster than the United defence.

Coventry missed two kicks while Casemiro was the unlucky one in the United rank to miss his spot kick.

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