FA Cup Quarter Final Roundup
By Aneesh Dey
The FA Cup quarter finals did not throw us any surprises as Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City beat their respective opponents, Sheffield united, Norwich City, Leicester City and Newcastle United to qualify for the semi finals.
It took an unusual error by Sheffield keeper Dean Henderson at his near-post for Arsenal to clinch a late winner courtesy, Dani Ceballos. Henderson, who is on loan at Bramall Lane from Manchester United, has otherwise been on scintillating form throughout the campaign.
The game at Carrow Road was a close one too, and it was only in the 118th minute, when Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire scored the winner, scoring his second goal in this FA Cup campaign. The Red Devils took the lead through Odion Ighalo’s acrobatic finish in the 51st minute. The Canaries equalized after a sweet strike by Todd Cantwell in the 75th minute. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer introduced his big guns to break down the deep-lying defence of Norwich, who played a man short after Timm Klose was sent in the 88th minute.
Ross Barkley was the lone scorer in Chelsea’s game against Leicester in a game, which was fairly even. The game was a disciplined one as only Çağlar Söyüncü of Leicester City saw a yellow card in the 23rd minute.
Manchester City were their dominant selves as they cruised past Newcastle in an easy 2-0 win. City dominated 75% of the game’s possession, a sight not new to their playing style. Belgian playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring with a penalty and Raheem Sterling scored the second in the 68th minute.
The FA Cup semi-finals will be played on July 18 and 19 in the historic Wembley stadium as Manchester United will play Chelsea and Manchester City will play Arsenal.