FA Cup semi-final ties confirmed

Tanya Simon
June 29, 2020

The hosts should have equalised in the 65th minute but Dwight Gayle somehow blazed over the crossbar with only Bravo to beat from six yards out.

Chelsea fans hope that the victory, coming on the back of wins over Manchester City and Aston Villa since the Premier League restart, suggest their side are better place to take the fight to United and prevent history from repeating itself.

Substitutes made the difference as Chelsea and Arsenal both won away from home to reach the FA Cup semifinals.

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley turned in a cross from Willian midway through the second half in a 1-0 win at lacklustre Leicester City on Sunday (Monday NZ time).

The Citizens dominated in the early exchanges but they had to wait until the 24th minute for change when Raheem Sterling saw his close-range volley saved by Karl Darlow.

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Dani Ceballos' stoppage-time goal secured Arsenal's semi-final place in a 2-1 win at Sheffield United.

Arsenal has won the FA Cup a record 13 times, one more than Manchester United _ which squeezed into the semis with an extra-time 2-1 win against 10-man Norwich on Saturday (Sunday NZ time).

However, the Gunners were awarded a penalty on 23 minutes when Craig Basham brought Alexandre Lacazette in the box, and with the Frenchman sustaining a knock, Pepe stepped up to slot home the penalty.

After absorbing the pressure for most parts of the second stanza, Arteta's men had breathing space in the last quarter of an hour, threatening with counter-attacks although they could not create clear openings.

The Blues played poorly for the first 45 minutes of the quarter-final at the King Power Stadium but Lampard rung the changes at half-time and was rewarded by Ross Barkley's victor just past the hour.

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