FA Cup quarter finals recap
After the Premier League, also the FA Cup is finally back now! The eight remaining teams all played their quarter final during the past weekend. In this article we look back at all four matches.
Norwich versus Manchester United
The first FA Cup quarter final of this weekend was the one on Saturday evening. Norwich City played at home against Manchester United. Norwich played their strongest possible team, but Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rested some of his important players. The Red Devils took the lead early in the second half thanks to Odion Ighalo. Norwich City never gave up and it was Todd Cantwell who scored a beautiful equaliser. While fighting to get to extra time, Norwich defender Timm Klose got sent off just before the end of regular time. Manchester United was the better team with a man more in extra time, but it took them until the 118th minute to score the winning goal. It was Harry Maguire with shot his team to Wembley by scoring the 1-2.
Sheffield United versus Arsenal
This quarter final proved to be a very interesting one. Sheffield United look to open the score early in the match, but VAR saw that Lundstram was offside while scoring the goal. A little bit later it was Arsenal who opened the score. Lacazette was brought down just inside the box, earning a penalty for his team. Nicolas Pepe stepped up and scored from the penalty spot. Sheffield got the better of the play in the second half which eventually led to a late equaliser. David McGoldrick scored the 1-1 in the 87th minute. This looked to be the second quarter final going into extra time, but then there was Dani Ceballos. He received the ball in the penalty box and slotted it behind Dean Henderson in injury time of the second half. The record trophy holder goes now to Wembley for the semi-final.
Leicester City versus Chelsea
The third quarter final was once again a tight one. Both teams struggled to get the ball in the net. The first half stayed goalless. This was enough reason for Frank Lampard to throw his team around. He took of Reece James, Mason Mount and Billy Gilmour at half-time, to bring in Cesar Azpilicueta, Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley. These subs worked very well for Chelsea. Ross Barkley opened the score 15 minutes in the second half. Leicester City tried to score one back, but they clearly haven't found their pre-lockdown form. Chelsea failed to put this match to bed on the counter. Therefore the tension stayed in this match, but the Blues won it with 0-1 and continu to Wembley.
Newcastle United versus Manchester City
This match was much more one-sided that the other three. Manchester City did what they always do. Dominate possession and tried to win this match in a nice fashion. A penalty in this first half was netted by Kevin de Bruyne. This made it even easier for the Cityzens. They are just one of those teams that make football look easy. In the second half Raheem Sterling doubled the lead. They tried to score a third, but the 0-2 remained on the scoreboard.
Semi finals draw