FA Cup: Ighalo scores as Manchester United beats Norwich

Chidi Nwoke, Abuja.

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Orion Ighalo scores for Manchester United against Norwich City at Carrow Road

Odion Ighalo was on target as Manchester United beat hosts Norwich City 2-1 after extra-time to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

After an uneventful first half with both sides creating few chances, the score remained 0-0.

Odion Ighalo, who continued his good run in cup competitions, gave United the lead early in the second half with a flicked effort with the outside of his boot in the 51st minute.

Odion Ighalo celebrates opening goal for Manchester United against Norwich City in FA Cup

It was Ighalo’s fourth goal in four starts for the club, but United were guilty of taking their foot off the gas as Norwich steadily grew back into the game.

However, the pressure finally told with Todd Cantwell capping an impressive individual performance with a fierce drive into the bottom corner from 25 yards out. Sergio Romero, perhaps unsighted by the sun, may feel he should have done better.

Todd Cantrell scores equaliser for Norwich City against Manchester United in FA Cup

An inspired performance from Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul kept the hosts in the game as United continued to pile on the pressure.

Norwich were in the ascendancy after equalising and looked favourites to snatch a late winner. However, the game changed when substitute Timm Klose was shown a straight red card in the 89th minute for pulling back Odion Ighalo.

The video assistant referee checked Jon Moss’ decision and confirmed it within seconds. However, Norwich forced the game to go into extra time with 10 men.

United sustained pressure was eventually rewarded two minutes to the end of extra time when Harry Maguire struck a winner as Manchester United saw off spirited 10-man Norwich 2-1 to book their place in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Harry Maguire scores winner for Manchester United to advance to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

In Sunday’s FA Cup fixtures, Arsenal will play Sheffield United at Bramble Lane and Leicester City will play Chelsea at the King Power Stadium.

In the last FA Cup fixture, Newcastle United will play Manchester City at St. James’ Park.

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