8 semi-final defeats in a row!
FA Cup Semi-Final
Man United 2 vs. 1 Tottenham
The pressure on Pochettino continues after yet again falling short at the last hurdle. In what was a mouth watering fixture, Dele Alli gave Tottenham the lead in the 11th minute after some brilliant play and a wonderful cross from Eriksen. After the goal though United rallied and as they have done on countless occasions this season they equalised in the 24th minute. A Pogba cross was met with a great header by Sanchez. The game was an open ended one as both teams attacked the opponents goal but United got the lead in the 62nd minute when Ander Herrera finished in the box. Following the goal United also gave a brilliant defensive display and nullified any threat from Tottenham. United now head into the final against either Chelsea or Southampton. Tottenham go another season without a trophy or a final and Pochettino now has real pressure to deliver something next season.
West Brom 2 vs. 2 Liverpool
An exciting game at the Hawthorns ended in a draw. Liverpool drew first blood as Danny Ings scored in the 4th minute, his first goal since 2015. Salah continues to reach records as he extended Liverpool’s lead in the 72nd minute, Salah’s 31st goal of the season equaling the record in a 38 game season. West Brom had not been fazed by the goals and threatened Liverpool whenever they could, the consistency paid off in the 79th minute as Livermore got the ball into the net. The comeback was completed in the 88th minute as Rondon scored a brilliant header. In all probability West Brom are still probably going to be relegated, but Liverpool drop points meaning that they could be 6 points behind United who have a game in hand, and could drop further down depending on results elsewhere.
Watford 0 vs. 0 Crystal Palace
A game of two halfs as the first was dominated by Watford while the second was dominated by Crystal Palace. The draw means that Palace are now 6 points ahead of the relegation zone in 15th while Watford remain 12th.
Arsenal 4 vs. 1 West Ham
A scintillating end 10 minutes gave Arsenal 3 points and a thumping win. After a dreary first half Arsenal went ahead in the 51st minute when Nacho Monreal volleyed in the goal. Arnautovic equalised in the 64th minute to bring West Ham back into the game. Ramsey’s cross drifted into the goal at the 82nd minute and Lacazette came of the bench to add two more. The win takes Arsenal 4 points ahead of Burnley to stay 6th while West Ham remain 15 with 35 points.
Stoke City 1 vs. 1 Burnley
Ndiaye gave Stoke the lead in the 11th minute but they failed to capitalise and the Burnley came back in the second half via an Ashley Barnes goal. Burnley remain 7th while Stoke City sit 18th, 4 points behind Swansea who are 17th.
Man City 5 vs. 0 Swansea
Man City celebrated their title success in emphatic fashion as they thumped Swansea at home. Sterling, De Bruyne, both Silva’s, and Jesus got on the score sheet through out the game while Sterling was involved in 3 of the 5 goals. City continue to chase the premier league records while Swansea remain 17th though only 4 ahead of Southampton.
Everton 1 vs. 0 Newcastle
After a cagey first half Theo Walcott gave Everton all 3 points in the 51st minute. A win would have seen Newcastle leap frog Everton into 9th but Everton’s win means that they move into 8th. Leicester drop down to 9th and Newcastle remain 10th.
Juventus 0 vs. 1 Napoli
Koulibaly scored in the 89th minute to give Napoli an important win at title rivals Juventus. Napoli dominated the match in what was a cagey affair in Turin. A point now separates both teams with 4 games to be played. In what is the only real title race in Europe this season Napoli could end Juventus’s reign in Italy.