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Horror for Man City keeper Zack Steffen as he gifts Liverpool’s Mane goal in FA Cup semi as Guardiola gamble backfires

MANCHESTER CITY keeper Zack Steffen was left utterly embarrassed after a SHOCKING error gifted Liverpool a second goal in the FA Cup semi-final.

With Pep Guardiola’s side already 1-0 following an early Ibrahima Konate header, a shocking moment from second choice keeper Steffen plunged Man City into a perilous situation after just 17 minutes.

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Mane closed Steffen down as he failed to get the ball out of his feetCredit: BBC
The pressure paid off as Mane slid in to turn the ball in as Steffen was left embarrassed

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The pressure paid off as Mane slid in to turn the ball in as Steffen was left embarrassedCredit: BBC

The 27-year-old, who was given his opportunity at Wembley ahead of regular No1 Ederson, had plenty of time to pick out a pass from inside his own six-yard box.

But he dallied on the ball and Mane sensed a chance as he ferociously closed down the Brazilian.

And remarkably he got his rewards as Steffen decided to take one touch too many before Mane slid in and turned the ball into the net with a sliding challenge.

It was a horror moment for the USA keeper who rarely gets an opportunity to play for the English champions.

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Due to the supreme consistency of Ederson, Steffen has featured just eight times in all competitions so far this season.

And only one of those has come in the Premier League, with five starts coming in domestic cup games.

A victory for Liverpool would keep alive their hopes of an unprecedented quadruple.

While a win for Manchester City would maintain their pursuit of a Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League treble.

More to follow.

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