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FA Cup: Liverpool Overcome Youthful Villa Side As Wolves Beat Crystal Palace

FA Cup: Liverpool Overcome Youthful Villa Side As Wolves Beat Crystal Palace

Liverpool produced a quick second-half blitz as they eventually beat a spirited and youthful Aston Villa side 4-1 in the FA Cup third round on Friday night.

Villa, who named a team comprised of youngsters due to a coronavirus outbreak in the first-team camp, looked to be in for a long night when Sadio Mane scored after four minutes.

Villa grew into the game and were  rewarded as Louie Barry made it 1-1 after outmuscling Rhys Williams before slotting expertly past Caiomhin Kelleher.

After missing two chances in the first half, Georginio Wijnaldum made amend as he slid an effort into the bottom right corner to put his side 2-1 up on 60 minutes. Like Mane, he netted his first FA Cup goal for the Reds.

Xherdan Shaqiri’s introduction proved pivotal, the Switzerland international notching two assists in five minutes to allow Mane and Salah to score.

Roberto Firmino also came on for Liverpool and added another threat up top as Jurgen Klopp’s men continued to turn up the heat.

And in the other FA Cup game on Friday, Eberechi Eze was in action for Crystal Palace who lost 1-0 away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Adama Traore’s 35th minute strike helped Wolves progress into the next round of the competition.

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