FA Cup – Semi Finals

This weekend we saw the final four teams battle it out to secure a place in the FA Cup final on May 18.

 

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Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion

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Manchester City are on course for the quadruple as they reached the FA Cup Final with a a narrow win against Brighton at Wembley.

Pep Guardiola‘s side were nowhere close to their best, but a largely undistinguished contest was settled by Gabriel Jesus‘ stooping header just four minutes in.

Brighton battled fiercely but couldn’t turn possession into prolonged threat, though City were grateful to Aymeric Laporte‘s clearance from right under his own cross bar after the break with Glenn Murray poised to equalize.

City’s Kyle Walker was fortunate to escape a first-half red card after a VAR review for pushing his head into Alireza Jahanbakhsh‘s face after the two clashed.

Man City will face Watford in the final at Wembley on May 18, and remain in the hunt for the Premier League and Champions League after already winning the Carabao Cup.

 

Up Next:

Champions League

Spurs v City – Tuesday, April 9 (3pm)

Premier League

Palace v City – Sunday, April 14 (9:05am)

Brighton v Bournemouth – Saturday, April 13 (10am)

 

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Watford v Wolverhampton Wanderers 

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Gerard Deulofeu came off the bench to inspire Watford’s dramatic comeback from two goals down to beat Wolves after extra time in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley

With 11 minutes remaining Wolves looked to be heading to their first FA Cup final since 1960, leading through Matt Doherty‘s header and Raul Jimenez‘s beautiful volley.

Deulofeu, who never quite fulfilled his potential at Barcelona, Everton or AC Milan, was sent on to revitalize Watford and succeeded in spectacular style.

He produced a jaw dropping angled flick to give Watford hope. They then drew level in stoppage time with Troy Deeney firing home from the spot after he’d been fouled by Leander Dendoncker.

Deulofeu was the catalyst and steered his effort beyond John Ruddy in the 104th minute to send the Hornets to their first FA Cup final since 1984; they will face Manchester City at Wembley on May 18.

 

Up Next:

Premier League

Watford v Arsenal – Monday, April 15 (3pm)

Southampton v Wolves – Saturday, April 13 (10am)

 

 

ALL TIMES U.S. EASTERN

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