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Zlatan Ibrahimovic fires Manchester United into FA Cup quarter-finals

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his first FA Cup goal as Manchester United came from behind to beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 on Sunday.

football Updated: Feb 20, 2017 08:29 IST
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Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring their second goal against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup.(REUTERS)

Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench to score the winner as they recovered from an early deficit to beat Championship strugglers Blackburn Rovers 2-1 away in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday.

Blackburn Rovers, whose priority is to avoid relegation to English football’s third tier, took the lead in the 17th minute through Danny Graham but Marcus Rashford levelled before halftime.

Twelve-times FA Cup winners United dominated the game after the break at Ewood Park but had to wait until the 75th minute for Ibrahimovic to slot the winner after being set free by a precise long pass delivered by fellow substitute Paul Pogba.

It was Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first goal in the FA Cup and 24th in all competitions this season.

Blackburn thought they had scrambled a late equaliser when Anthony Stokes poked the ball home but a linesman’s flag cut short the celebrations.

First Published: Feb 20, 2017 08:10 IST