Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne was on the bench for the whole of the FA Cup semifinal clash with Liverpool at the iconic Wembley Stadium. Kevin De Bruyne watched from the bench as Manchester City were knocked out of the FA Cup final thanks to the 3-2 loss to the Reds.
For the FA Cup semifinal clash at the weekend, Liverpool blew Manchester City away in the first half thanks to the early goal from French defender Ibrahima Konate and a brace from 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner Sadio Mane. Konate gave the Reds the lead in the ninth minute before Mane scored the first of his two goals eight minutes later to double the advantage for his team. Mane was able to pounce on the error from Zach Steffen in the Manchester City goal for the first of the brace scored by the Senegalese international. On the stroke of halftime, Mane added his second goal off the pass from Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara to ensure that Liverpool went into the break with a 3-0 scoreline. Jack Grealish and substitute Riyad Mahrez scored for City in the second half, but it was not enough to force extra time.
Manchester City will now focus on their home game against Brighton and Hove Albion in the league on Wednesday after their FA Cup elimination.