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FA Cup: Ighalo scores as Man U land in semis

June 29, 2020
Odion Ighalo

ODION Ighalo was on target on Saturday as Manchester United rallied to a 2-1 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup which dragged to extra time.

The former Nigeria international, Ighalo, put the Red Devils ahead in the 51st minute when he flicked in looping ball.

Todd Cantwell drew parity for The Canaries who sent Tottenham Hotspur out of the race, in the 75th minute with a long range shot which caught keeper Sergio Romero helpless.

The match hero arguably remains captain Harry Maguire, who netted the winner for the Red Devils with only two minutes remaining in the extra time.

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Maguire was on hand to slot the ball beyond The Canaries keeper, Tim Krul off an assist by substitute Anthony Martial with a tap amid a sea of legs in the box.

Meanwhile, the strike was Ighalo’s fifth goal in his fifth start since he joined the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer-side on loan from China’s Shanghai Shenhua in January.

Saturday’s game was Ighalo’s 11th appearance for the Red Devils, and he is yet to score for the side in the Premier League after six appearances.

Winner of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Golden Boot with five goals, Ighalo, almost made it a brace in the 88th minute, but his effort only ended in a red card for defender Timm Klose, after he wrestled down the former who had received a brilliant flick from Bruno Fernandes in a goal move.

Meanwhile, match winner, Maguire, admitted that Norwich gave them a fight.

“It was a difficult game and we made hard work of it. We weren’t at our best, but that’s what happens in cup games sometimes.

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“We had a tough game in the heat on Wednesday but we made changes so that shouldn’t be the reason. I can’t really put a finger on it at the moment, we’ll have to watch it back and see. We played a little slow and went through the middle a bit too much, we should have done wide a lot more. We’re in the semi-final and that’s all that matters,” he told BBC Sport.

On his goal: “I’m always pleased when I chip in, especially when it’s a big result in the last minute of extra time. I’m a bit disappointed that I’ve only scored three goals, it’s something I’m working on and looking to improve between now and the end of the season and hopefully I can carry that into next season.”

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