Jota won as Liverpool
Diogo Jota scored a late winner to lead Liverpool to a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Sunday and staged a semi-final clash with Manchester City.
Forrest, who is ninth in the league, knocked out Premier League teams Arsenal and Leicester City to reach Sunday’s quarter-final clash with Liverpool, and it looked like another cup clash might be on the way at City. The ground before Jota’s goal sent Steve Cooper out. side crashing out of the competition.
The Portuguese international scored the winning goal in the 77th minute with a diving volley that passed rival goalkeeper Ethan Horvath with a cross.
Liverpool will now make another trip to Wembley for the semi-finals next month, where they will face City, who won 4-1 at Southampton in the competition on Sunday.
The result means that Jurgen Klopp’s side is still on the hunt for the quadruple after winning the Carabao Cup trophy last month. Liverpool is also qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals and is just one point behind City in the Premier League standings.
Forest left 97 seats vacant to honor fans who died in the Hillsborough Stadium tragedy in April 1989, when the two teams last met in the competition.
A much-changed Liverpool struggled to create chances in the first period and survived another scare early in the second when Keinan Davis nearly went off the ball, but visiting goalkeeper Alisson recovered well to stifle him.
The home side continued to take the match to Liverpool, with Philip Zinckernagel missing Forest’s best chance of the night moments before Jota swooped in with 12 minutes left to score the winner, breaking hearts across the board. City Ground.
It was far from a well-deserved win for Liverpool, which was mostly limited to Forest’s long-range shots, but Jota’s clinical result at the crucial moment made all the difference which means they remain with the option of winning four trophies this season. “Obviously it was a tough game,” Jota told ITV Sport. “They [Forest] are a great team and they play with a lot of intensity and they gave us a proper fight.
“They gave us a real challenge and their fans were great. But we’re in the semifinals. [City] is another tough game.” Another. There are still many games before this. “