THE FA Cup is nearing the business end after a sensational quarter-finals stages of English football’s oldest cup competition was concluded on Sunday.
Leicester City went down 1-0 to Chelsea at King Power Stadium which now sees Manchester United drawn to face The Blues in the semi-finals, while record titleholders Arsenal, are primed to face off against the competition’s reigning champions Manchester City. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United side play Frank Lampard’s men in a repeat of the 2018 final, which the latter won by a single goal to nil.
Playing away to Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday, Red Devils captain Harry Maguire struck an extra-time winner to see off the opposition, who lost defender Timm Klose in the 88th minute after he correctly saw red for holding back Ighalo just outside the area. Meanwhile, Chelsea had Ross Barkley’s second-half strike to thank for their good fortunes on the road.
Manchester City beat Newcastle 2-0 in the last quarter-final tie of the weekend, thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, to set up a last-four meeting against Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal. It was a lucky injury-time strike from Dani Ceballos which saw The Gunners squeezing past Sheffield United 2-1 in their clash at Bramall Lane on Sunday.
The semi-finals of the FA Cup are scheduled to be held on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, and the final on August 1, at the famous Wembley Stadium. Per the UK government’s coronavirus protocols, fans will still not be allowed at the stadium.
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