Leicester & Chelsea storm into FA Cup Semi’s - (2021)
2020-21 FA Cup Quarter-finals round-up: City, Leicester & Chelsea storm into the semis
Everton 0, Manchester City 2
Pep Guardiola's Man City kept their quest for a quadruple alive as they beat Everton 0-2 at Goodison Park to reach the Final four of the 2020-21 FA Cup.
City started in dominant fashion, having more of the ball, but goalscoring opportunities eluded both teams as they went into the interval. Calo Ancelotti's Everton defending deep for most part, had the best chance of the first half just before the break when Yerry Mina's header from a corner was cleared off the line by Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Raheem Sterling came very close to breaking the deadlock on the hour mark but his attempt from close range was stunningly saved by Everton goalkeeper Joao Virginia, deputizing for an injured Jordan Pickford.
Ilkay Gundogan reacted fast inside the area to nod the ball in after Aymeric Laporte's shot came off the crossbar. Kevin de Bruyne coming in as a late substitute with ten minutes of normal playing time to go, put the game beyond the Toffees’ reach as he led a counterattack and finished for his team's second of the night in the 90th.
Leicester City 3, Manchester United 1
Leicester City reached their first semi-finals of the FA Cup in 39 years after they deservedly eliminated Manchester United 3-1 at the King Power stadium on Sunday night.
Fred's awful back pass to goalkeeper Dean Henderson was pounced upon by the alert Iheanacho who rounded past the United custodian to slot in with the greatest of ease.
United scored against the run of play as Paul Pogba was afforded space on the left and his cross was dummied by Donny van de Beek for Mason Greenwood to shoot past Kasper Schmeichel from eight yards. 1-1 in the 38th minute and it seemed as if United were about to script one of their familiar comebacks after being a goal down.
But that was not to be as Youri Tielemans put the Foxes in front just seven minutes after the interval. Tielemans exchanged passes with Iheanacho as they eluded Nemanja Matic in the midfield and the Belgian mustered the speed needed to blast open the United defense and find the bottom corner of the net from 18 yards in a classy finish.
But the Nigerian found his second of the night and Leicester's third in the 78th minute when he headed home from Marc Albrighton's free kick. Solksjaer tried mending things by introducing Fernandes and Shaw in the 64th minute but to no avail as United continued to look jaded.
The Foxes now play Southampton who eased past Bournemouth 3-0 in another quarter-final game on Saturday.
Chelsea 2, Sheffield United 0
Chelsea earned a semi-final berth in the 2020-21 FA Cup as they eased past Sheffield United 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. An own-goal from Sheffield midfielder Oliver Norwood and a late Hakim Ziyech strike were sufficient to seal their second consecutive entry into the tournament's Final four.
Thomas Tuchel's Blues went ahead under fortunate circumstances in the 24th minute as Ben Chilwell's low cross was steered into his own net by Norwood. Christian Pulisic nearly doubled Chelsea's lead before the interval but could not capitalize on another Norwood mistake as his effort was blocked by goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Sheffield had further opportunities to go level but Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga made good saves from Oliver McBurnie and McGoldrick attempts, while Rhian Brewster hit the side-netting late on.
Hakim Ziyech put the game to bed from a Chelsea counterattack as he drove one low in stoppage time to take the Blues into the last four where they cone up against Manchester City.
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