Chelsea , Manchester City , Southampton and Leicester City were favorites to book a place in the FA cup semi finals after putting up spirited ditch efforts against their opponents.
Chelsea, could not settle for less even in the hands of the blades of Sheffield united . A first half Norwood own goal put the blues noses in front and sealed the first half activity . Deep into the second half , Sheffield warriors spent most of their free time in the final third trying to wheedle goals from Chelsea. The blues were sound defensively and effectively thwarted all the efforts to score a goal by Sheffield. Ryan Brewster and McGoldrick squandered their golden chances as McGoldrick headed wide in bid to go for precision rather than completion. Ryan Brewster in quick affiliation with his teammates also failed to convert after ramming against the side net. The wise tactician Tuchel brought in Hakim Ziyech and the German Kai Havertz to change the dynamics of the game a decision that bore fruits in the final minutes of the game. A galloping righteous Reece James played the ball into the path of Chilwell who picked out one Ziyech that did not disappoint. A 2-0 win was enough to book them a room with into the semis where they will play Manchester City.
The juggernauts Manchester City relieved Everton of FA duties by beating them 2-0 in a tight game at Goodison park.The league leaders had failed to break Everton at first but with a lot of perspiration and determination managed to break the deadlock. Laporte’s tipped shot ricocheted against the cross bar back to an ambitious Gundogan whose low flying header sent the ball in between the sticks. Another solid shot by De Bryune found its way into the net to seal the deal for the cityzens.
In other matches , Manchester United were denied entry into the semi- finals by a hardworking Leicester side after managing to reply to only one of the three goals from Leicester. Fred became an architect of own destruction after playing a back pass to Henderson in the watch of veteran Kelechi Iheanacho who snatched the ball and scored . Greenword equalized from Pogba’s cutback attracting punishment from Telemans and Iheanacho. Ole Gunner responded to claims that the squad was ill arranged and said he would have picked the same players again. Bournemouth lost 3-0 to Soton on Saturday.
Chelsea are set to play City and Leicester will have it against Southampton in the FA cup semifinals.