Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during their FA Cup sixth round match against Newcastle United at St. James' Park on Sunday. Photo: Shaun Botterill/AP
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during their FA Cup sixth round match against Newcastle United at St. James' Park on Sunday. Photo: Shaun Botterill/AP

Holders Man City face Arsenal, United play Chelsea in FA Cup final four

By Nate Williams Time of article published Jun 28, 2020

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LONDON – FA Cup holders Manchester City booked a return to

Wembley Stadium for the semi-finals with Sunday's 2-0 win over

Newcastle United. 

City will now face Arsenal after Dani Ceballos struck in injury time

for a 2-1 win against Sheffield United. 

Kevin de Bruyne scored a penalty in the 37th minute before Raheem

Sterling sealed City's result with his curled finish on 68 minutes. 

"We should have scored more," said de Bruyne.  "We had a few problems

with penalties this year. The gaffer (manager) asked me to step up

and I have scored a couple now." 

Eight-time winners Chelsea also progressed to the final

four after Ross Barkley's goal made the difference in a 1-0 win at

Leicester City. 

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— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup)

Chelsea will play Manchester United, who beat Norwich City 2-1 in

extra time on Saturday, for their semi-final. 

Both ties will be played at England's national football ground on the

weekend of July 18-19. 

Ivory Coast striker Nicolas Pepe's 25th-minute penalty grabbed the

lead for Arsenal after hosts Sheffield had John Lundstram's goal on

eight minutes disallowed for offside.

Chris Wilder's Blades had another goal rubbed out for offside from

John Egan's header but David McGoldrick equalised with three minutes

left as extra-time loomed. 

Spanish midfielder Ceballos then skipped past the Sheffield defence

and slipped in the winning goal at the near post to send the 13-time

winners to Wembley.  

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— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup)

"I am really pleased. This is a difficult place to come and get a

win. We are back at Wembley," said Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. 

"I knew Sheffield United were going to have moments. They are so good

at their game plans and putting teams under pressure. But we were

able to win." 

City bombarded the Newcastle defence with 12 shots in the opening 20

minutes, while restricting their opponents to just one hit in the

first half.  

Soon they were rewarded for their efforts when a push on Gabriel

Jesus from Newcastle's Fabian Schar brought a penalty to the FA Cup

holders. 

De Bruyne grabbed a goal on his 29th birthday as the Belgian stroked

home the spot kick with ease to give City a deserved half-time lead. 

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Bring on the weekend of 18 & 19 July 🙌 pic.twitter.com/6Gk5IlVf93

— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup)

In the second half, Sterling charged at Newcastle's line, turned in

and his curled effort doubled City's advantage and ultimately booked

their return to Wembley. 

The former Premier League champions are still on course for a

domestic double after they won the League Cup against Aston Villa in

February. 

Barkley found Chelsea's breakthrough by converting Willian's right

wing cross in the 63rd minute. 

Chelsea's latest appearance at Wembley will be their third semi-final

in the last four years of the competition.

In making the final four, Arsenal equal the record for semi-final

appearances with 30, which Manchester United reached after their

Norwich success. 

Sheffield thought they had moved ahead early when Lundstram finished

off Oli McBurnie's looping header, but the video assistant referee

(VAR) stepped in and kept the sides goalless. 

Alexandre Lacazette tumbled on the edge of Sheffield's box after

Chris Basham clipped the back of his boot and referee Paul Tierney

immediately pointed to the penalty spot. 

Pepe wasted no time in choosing where the ball was going as he lashed

the ball in the bottom left corner for a first half lead. 

McGoldrick briefly ended Sheffield United's frustrations with valid

goal for the hosts after Arsenal failed to clear a launched throw in

with three minutes remaining. 

A mis-hit clearance from Sead Kolasinac bounced off a team-mate and

fell to McGoldrick who bundled the ball over the line. 

However, Ceballos picked up a loose ball in their box and threaded

it through goalkeeper Dean Henderson's legs, securing victory and

Arsenal's Wembley ticket for the semi-finals in three weeks' time. 

DPA

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