FA Cup Semifinals: Man City Against Arsenal, Man Utd Versus Chelsea

FA Cup Semifinals: Man City Against Arsenal, Man Utd Versus Chelsea

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Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea advanced to the semifinals of the English FA Cup. These four teams successfully overcame their rivals in the previous round and are going o appear at Wembley on July 18th and 19th.

The pairs of this stage were decided immediately following the match – Manchester City vs. Arsenal and Manchester United vs. Chelsea.

United was the first side to reach the semis, as they beat Norwich yesterday on the road, 1-2. The Red Devils
were better after extra-time, with Harry Maguire scoring the game-winner in the 118th minute. Previously, Ighalo netted for the guests, and Todd Canwell for the Canaries.

Today we saw three games, the first one in Sheffield where United lost to Arsenal in the last moments of the game. It was Dani Ceballos, who was the scorer in the first minute of the injury time, causing an eruption of joy on the Gunners’ bench. What increased the guests’ celebration was the fact that only four minutes earlier, United leveled the result through David McGoldrick. Nicolas Pepe scored from the penalty in the 25th minute of the first half.

After that came the derby of the round in Leicester where City awaited Chelsea. The final result was 0-1 for the Blues, with Ross Barkley providing the only goal in this contest in the 67th minute. The English midfielder executed following Willian’s assist.

The game wasn’t very interesting as many expected, and this, apart from a few other situations, is the only thing worth mentioning.

And in the closing match of the day, Newcastle hosted Manchester City and lost pretty easily. The Sky-Blues won without too many problems, 0-2, neutralizing the Magpies in almost every aspect of the game.

Kevin de Bruyne scored from a penalty in the 37th minute of the match, and Raheem Sterling doubled the lead in the 67th.

As usual, City controlled the flow of the match, not allowing the hosts to have the slightest hopes of making a surprise.

During the halftime of this last game, the FA organized a draw with the legendary Alan Shearer conducting the same. The former Newcastle striker was the one who decided the pairs in the semifinals.

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