It was a tough, fast paced game, but in the end, it was Manchester United that had the honor of raising the FA Cup.
The first half ended goalless, with both teams being able to hit the woodwork and saving close goals. But as the second half came close to an end, Puncheon of Crystal Palace sees his chance and makes it to the score sheet on the 78th second of the game as he sets the ball past David de Gea, who was able to touch but struggled to keep the ball down.
Euphoria raised and hope from Manchester United fans was revived as Wayne Rooney helps Juan Mata put up a leveler on the 81st second of the second half, requiring the game for extra time.
The first minutes of extra time became intense, and it became tougher for Manchester United as centre-back Chris Smalling was sent off the pitch with a red card for a foul against Yannick Bolasie and Marcus Rashford being hauled off the pitch with his knee injury, leaving Manchester United playing with 10 men.
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Midfielder Jesse Lingard, who just came off the bench on extra time, ends the tie and leads Manchester United to victory with his astonishing right-foot volley on the 110th second of the game. It was Lingard’s first goal after 18 games at Manchester United, and it was indeed a remarkable one.
It has been 12 years since Manchester United’s last FA Cup win.
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