Bristol City produced the biggest shock of the tournament so far by dumping out the holders – thus securing a semi-finals spot.
The home side started brightly and won a free kick when Paul Pogba was adjudged to have fouled Marlon Pack with the resulting free-kick from Josh Brownhill forcing Sergio Romero into making a save.
There were plenty of opportunities for Manchester United as well with Zlatan Ibrahimovic missing an effort at the near post following a cross from Anthony Martial.
Marcus Rashford’s effort at goal which hit the post was the best goal-scoring chance for his side, whilst Hoedur Bjoergvin Magnussons effort from close range was the closest his side came to scoring (as well as Aden Flint’s effort which rippled the side netting, though it was chalked off as he was deemed to have fouled Romero in the build-up).
Towards the end of the first half, Daley Blind came to the rescue for his side with a last-ditch tackle which prevented Korey Smith taking the lead for his side.
Despite the first half ending goalless, there were some great chances at goal.
Bristol City had a free kick to defend and was kept out by Luke Steele (via a deflection off Smith).
The first goal of the game came from the promotion hopefuls within six minutes of the restart. A thunderous goal from Joe Bryan (assist from Pack) saw his side take the lead.
Manchester United weren’t behind for long however as Ibrahimovic “The Lion”, tucked away a low free kick to equal the scoring. Game on!
This interesting encounter was far from over though as Lee Johnson’s side came close to retaking the lead following a throw-in from Magnusson found Flint whose headed effort glided wide to left of the target.
Steele was called into action yet again as he palmed away a low header from substitute Romelu Lukaku (assist from Pogba). The Belgian was close, but Steele did enough to prevent a goal!
Jose Mourinho’s side had two great chances to score with the first coming from Rashford, whose effort glided over the bar, then Steele cancelled out Lukaku again with another excellent save!
Deep into stoppage time with extra-time looming, Smith scored the goal to take his side to the semi-final – where they would play Manchester City.
An assist from Matty Taylor found Smith who shot at goal send the home support into delirium!
Thoughts on the game
Now, I’m not one to say “I knew this would happen”, but with home support, Bristol City took the advantage by the scruff of its neck! The overall performance from The Robins was exceptional. That’s what happens when a team of their pedigree digs deep.
As for Manchester United, they were pretty wasteful in front of goal, so for that reason didn’t deserve to win.
My Man of the Match would have to be Luke Steele for his heroic efforts in keeping his side in the game.
Its back to league action for both sides as Bristol City continue their quest for promotion as they play guest to QPR this Saturday at 3pm, whilst Manchester United are entertained by Leicester City – (another team raring to shake off their cup defeat) on the same day at 7:45pm.
Over to you
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