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Man Utd face Spurs, Chelsea take on Saints in FA Cup semis

Monday, March 19, 2018

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LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Manchester United and Tottenham will clash in a potentially thrilling FA Cup semi-final, while troubled Chelsea take on Southampton in the other last-four clash at Wembley.

Desperate to win a trophy to rescue a frustrating campaign, United advanced to the semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Brighton at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Tottenham won 3-0 at Swansea to book their second-successive appearance in the last four.

Chelsea, beaten by Arsenal in the final last May, are eyeing a return to the title match after winning 2-1 at Leicester yesterday.

Alvaro Morata ended a personal goal drought stretching back to December 26 as the Spain forward put Chelsea ahead with a clinical finish in the 42nd minute.

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy poked home from close range in the 75th minute to send the quarter-final into extra time.

But Spain winger Pedro won it for Chelsea in the 105th minute when he punished Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel's misjudged attempt to punch clear.

Pedro got to the ball before Schmeichel and met N'Golo Kante's cross with a header that looped into the empty net.

The victory kept alive Chelsea's last-remaining hope of winning silverware at the end of a difficult season.

Chelsea had lost three of their past four matches to fall behind in the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League, as well as bowing out of the Champions League against Barcelona.

“I think Leicester played very well, but it was important for us to win,” midfielder Kante said.

Meanwhile, Southampton are back in the semi-finals for the first time in 15 years.

New Saints manager Mark Hughes enjoyed the ideal start to his reign as the Premier League strugglers won 2-0 at Wigan yesterday.

Hughes was hired this week to replace the sacked Mauricio Pellegrino, and the former Southampton striker had an immediate impact on his new team.

The semi-finals will take place over the weekend of April 21-22.

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