Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal – the last four winners of the previous football competition – advanced to the penultimate round with away victories this weekend in England.
After Manchester United beat Norwich 2-1 in overtime on Saturday, Arsenal beat Sheffield United 2-1, Chelsea beat Leicester City 1-0 and defensive champion Sunday 2-0 Manchester City beat City.
In the semifinals next month at Wembley in London, Manchester City face Arsenal – Mikel Artata was Pep Guardiola’s assistant at City before becoming Gunners’ manager in December – and Manchester United face Chelsea.
City broke Arsenal 3-0 two weeks ago as the Premier League repeated behind closed doors during the Coronao pandemic.
On Sunday, Arsenal needed a goal in the second half of the injury from the loan of midfielder Dani Ceballos to move to Sheffield. That’s after Blades leveled in the 87th minute through David McGoldrick.
Sheffield United – eighth in the Premier League after their promotion from the second tier – had two offside goals. Both times seem to be the right decisions.
Relief for Arta
Arsenal are under Sheffield United on the first flight but won for the second consecutive game. He also starred in 13 FA Cup titles, another from Manchester United.
“I’m really happy with the result. It’s a difficult place to come and win,” Arteta told reporters. “After admitting so slowly, showing that the reaction is not easy and very pleasant and we return to Wembley.
“It’s a great opportunity to try to win a title and play in Europe. We still have to improve in many areas, but every victory gives you some credit and encouragement. Let’s hope we can have some momentum now.”
Chelsea currently hold the final of the Champions League in fourth place, one behind Leicester. But Leicester are struggling now, as they have not won since the return of English football.
And top scorer Jamie Vardy has yet to find the back of the net since the restart.
Chelsea took advantage of the best chances, with the goalkeeper of Leicester Casper Schmeichel making a nice save to refuse the form of the international American Christian Pulisic in the first half.
It wasn’t the Blues’ best game, but Chelsea improved after the break and took the lead in the 63rd minute when Ross Barkley met Willian’s cross for his third goal of the season.
Willy Caballero hit a cross in Chelsea’s goal in the last minutes, but defender Cesar Azpilicueta saved him by blocking Caglar Soyuncu’s header.
Schmeichel then refused to let Barkley stretch with Leicester to reduce the damage.
Lampard’s honest assessment
“It was a dazzling show by us,” Chelsea manager Frank Lampard told his club’s website.
“In the second half, there was a look (our good game) and I’m glad we drew. If we go back to other games, as we did today, there’s no chance. We were lucky today.”
Manchester City did not need luck in Newcastle at the end of the kickoff As in the clash of the championship in November, City dominated the occupation, especially in the first half. That ended 2-2.
But Newcastle were unable to commit to City on Sunday, meaning the Magpies’ trophy drought of about 50 years continues. City, meanwhile, are on the verge of a triple cup, having won the League Cup this season and are still in contention in the Champions League.
This is after Liverpool’s victory in the championship.
Birthday goal for de Bruyne
Birthday boy Kevin de Bruyne celebrated his 29th turn by opening the scoring from the penalty spot in the 37th minute after Fabian Schar pushed Gabriel Jesus into the box.
Newcastle opened in the second half instead of sitting back and should have leveled. But Dwight Gayle – who just came in as a deputy – shot over the line from close range. It was one of the losers of the season.
Almost immediately the home team had to pay, as Raheem Sterling’s effort outside the box defeated Karl Darlow in the 68th minute.