Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal qualified for the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday. The ‘Blues’ beat Leicester City 1-0, the ‘Gunners’ were 1-2 too strong for Sheffield United due to a late goal and City defeated Newcastle United 0-2.
On Saturday, Manchester United already joined the last four with a 1-2 victory over Norwich City. There was already a draw for the semi-finals on Sunday, which will be played at Wembley as well as the final match. Manchester United will meet Chelsea and Arsenal will face City. The performance dates are July 18 and 19.
Against Newcastle, City took the lead on Sunday after 37 minutes through a used penalty from Kevin De Bruyne. After the break, the home team missed a huge opportunity. While City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo seemed hopeless, Dwight Gayle shot the ball up close. In the 68th minute, City striker Raheem Sterling decided the game by putting the 0-2 on the scoreboard with a low shot.
At Leicester against Chelsea, the only goal of the game at King Power Stadium fell in the 63rd minute. The cross was from Willian and Ross Barkley shot the ball into the far corner (0-1), making Leicester’s FA Cup dream come to an end. The club has never won the cup, but has lost the final four times. The last time was in 1968.
Willy Caballero defended Chelsea’s goal. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Two hits in the final phase at Arsenal
Arsenal also appeared on Bramall Lane for a long time towards a 0-1 win over Sheffield United by a utilized penalty in the 25th minute by Nicolas Pépé. In the course of the game, Sheffield became stronger and three minutes before the end, the home team thought it would be an extension, even though it received help from the Arsenal defense.
After a throw-in by Sheffield, Sead Kolasinac shot the ball at another Arsenal defender, which David McGoldrick took advantage of by scoring the 1-1. Thanks to a hit by Dani Ceballos in the first minute of the extra time, Arsenal still came out well.
The FA Cup tournament can offer Arsenal a solution in the hunt for a European ticket. In the Premier League, the team of manager Mikel Arteta is only ninth. The last season that Arsenal did not play European was 1995/1996.
Incidentally, a game was also played in the Premier League on Sunday. Southampton won 1-3 at Watford, thanks to two goals from Danny Ings and a nice free kick from James Ward-Prowse. The Watford goal was an own goal from Southampton defender Jan Bednarek.
The injured Daryl Janmaat was not part of the Watford match selection, nor were Andre Gray, Nathaniel Chalobah and Domingos Quina. They broke the corona rules by attending an illegal birthday party.
Joy at Arsenal after 1-2. (Photo: Pro Shots)