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Kane strikes, but Spurs held by Brighton

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Brighton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Harry Kane stepped up his bid to win the Premier League’s golden boot as Tottenham warmed up for the FA Cup semi-finals with a 1-1 draw at Brighton on Tuesday.

Kane fired Tottenham ahead in the 48th minute when his close-range shot deflected in off Brighton defender Bruno.

Four things we learned from the FA Cup

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London (AFP) – Chelsea dug deep to reach the FA Cup semi-finals and ease the pressure on Blues boss Antonio Conte, while Manchester United’s progress to the last four did little to improve Jose Mourinho’s mood.

Here’s what we learned from the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend:

Chelsea’s show of strength

Antonio Conte has often complained this season of the hand given to him by the Chelsea hierarchy in the transfer market.

Four things we learned from the FA Cup

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London (AFP) – Chelsea dug deep to reach the FA Cup semi-finals and ease the pressure on Blues boss Antonio Conte, while Manchester United’s progress to the last four did little to improve Jose Mourinho’s mood.

Here’s what we learned from the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend:

Chelsea’s show of strength

Antonio Conte has often complained this season of the hand given to him by the Chelsea hierarchy in the transfer market.

Hughes makes flying start as Southampton reach FA Cup semis

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Wigan (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Mark Hughes enjoyed the ideal start to his Southampton reign as the struggling Premier League club reached the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win at Wigan on Sunday.

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

Preview: Man United’s FA Cup clash against Brighton

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Whilst Manchester United's Premier League exploits have captured our attention recently, it's perhaps the FA Cup that could give Jose Mourinho's team their best chance of silverware in the 2017/18 season.

Manchester United face a thrilling quarter-final clash with Brighton at Old Trafford on Saturdayafter beating Huddersfield in the last round, it's clear that United will be keen to continue their strong form and book a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Guardiola wary of Gunners repeating FA Cup triumph

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Unbeaten Manchester City’s season shows no sign of losing momentum with 15 wins from 16 in all competitions after Wednesday’s 4-2 Champions League victory at Napoli.

City have not lost a competitive match anywhere since April, but that defeat came in the FA Cup semi-finals against Arsenal, the team who visit the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday.

Guardiola wary of Gunners repeating FA Cup triumph

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Unbeaten Manchester City’s season shows no sign of losing momentum with 15 wins from 16 in all competitions after Wednesday’s 4-2 Champions League victory at Napoli.

City have not lost a competitive match anywhere since April, but that defeat came in the FA Cup semi-finals against Arsenal, the team who visit the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday.

Eriksen stunner fires Spurs, Huth helps Arsenal

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London (AFP) – Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen netted a superb 30-yard goal to down Crystal Palace 1-0 on Wednesday and keep Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League title hopes alive.

Leaders Chelsea, who beat Tottenham 4-2 in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday, went seven points clear by beating Southampton on Tuesday, but Spurs’ win trimmed the gap back to four points.

Manchester City cruise into FA Cup semi-finals

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City cruised into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 victory at Middlesbrough on Saturday as Pep Guardiola showed he is taking the competition seriously.

Goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero were scant reward for City as they easily out-classed Middlesbrough, who must have feared such an outcome when they witnessed the team named by Guardiola.

WATCH The FA Cup Semi-Final Draw, Live From Wembley Stadium at 11:50am ET [VIDEO]

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Beginning approximately at 11:50am ET, you can watch the draw for the semi-finals of the 2013/14 FA Cup live here on World Soccer Talk courtesy of The FA.

Ian Wright will be joined by his son Shaun Wright-Phillips to pull the balls "out of the hat" in order to determine who will play whom in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.

5 Talking Points from Premier League Gameweek 33: The Weekly EPL

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There were seven Premier League matches and the two FA Cup semi finals being played over this past weekend. We bring you the major talking points from this week's action.

1. The Tyne-Wear derby throws struggling Sunderland a lifeline

One of the biggest matches to be played over this weekend threw up the biggest surprise as Sunderland secured their biggest victory at St James' Park since 1979.

Match Of The Past: Part Two – Everton

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Everton Football Club is one of English footballs great institutions. Founder members of the Football League in 1888, they are second only to Arsenal in terms of their unbroken record in the top flight they will celebrate their sixtieth consecutive season next year and have won a clutch of trophies along the way as well.

Terengganu Seeking New Coach

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Terengganu coach Mat Zan Mat Aris, one name, has quit. The team are third in the Malaysia Super League, 10 points behind leaders LionsXII but with three games in hand. However that doesn't seem to be enough for the team from the North East who were surprisingly knocked out of the FA Cup semi finals by Premier League side Sime Darby (no relation to Steve) and have only won one in their last five Super League games.

The FA Cup Final: Torres & Drogba v Suarez & Carroll

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The FA Cup Final: Torres & Drogba v Suarez & Carroll - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Today's FA cup final will provide four big names with the chance to turn a poor season around by bringing success to their respective clubs.

Chelsea's two attackers have had a less that average season, Torres has managed 6 goals in 30 Premier League appearances, whilst Drogba has scored just 5 in 23.

What An Incredible Fluke XLIII!

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Martin Atkinson, who gave Chelsea the ghost goal and elected not to send off Petr Cech for last man challenge, has refereed 16 matches in the Premier League featuring Chelsea.

Chelsea have won 13, drawn 3 and lost zero.

Chelsea have also won both FA Cup Semi Finals under Mr Atkinson's tutelage.

Mata Goal That Never Was v Tottenham

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Juan Mata gets the goal that never was as Chelsea go 2-0 up against Tottenham in the FA Cup Semi-Finals at Wembley today.

Two terrible decisions here by the officials first one being a Terry foul, the second a goal given when it never even touched the goal-line let alone crossed it!

Manchester United

FA Cup: Man Utd Face Tottenham, Chelsea To Play Southampton In Heavyweight Top-Flight Semi-Final Draw

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Manchester United will play Tottenham in what should be a cracking FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, with Chelsea facing Southampton in the other tie.

With Man Utd, Spurs and Chelsea all dumped out of the Champions League at the Last 16 stage and blown out of the water by Manchester City in the league, the FA Cup is a last chance for silverware for the three heavyweight sides.

Man Utd face Spurs in FA Cup semi-finals

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Manchester United will play Tottenham Hotpsur in the FA Cup semi-finals. The draw was made this evening after the final quarter-final tie was played....

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United bounce back to beat Brighton, Eriksen sends Spurs into FA Cup semis

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London (AFP) – Manchester United bounced back from being dumped out of the Champions League in midweek by reaching the FA Cup semi-finals despite another uninspired performance as goals from Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic saw off Brighton 2-0 on Saturday.

Tottenham Hotspur also booked their place in the last four in more emphatic fashion thanks to Christian Eriksen’s double in a 3-0 win at Swansea to make light of Harry Kane’s absence through injury.

Would you rather FA Cup win or LvG sacked?

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Manchester United now find themselves in the FA Cup semi-finals after the 2-1 win against West Ham last night.

There has been some suggestions in the media that if Louis van Gaal either finishes in the top four or wins the FA Cup, the decision will be made to keep him for the third and final year on his contract.

Coming to the Red Bulls: An aerial threat par excellence

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Tim Cahill plays much, much larger than his 5' 8" frame

The Red Bulls get a shot in the arm with Tim Cahill's move to the MLS on a £1m transfer. At Everton and as a Socceroo, Cahill is best known for some outrageous goals emerging through a thicket of tall defenders to score via one of the hardest noggin in the business.

Coming to the Red Bulls: An aerial threat par excellence

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Tim Cahill plays much, much larger than his 5' 8" frame

The Red Bulls get a shot in the arm with Tim Cahill's move to the MLS on a £1m transfer. At Everton and as a Socceroo, Cahill is best known for some outrageous goals emerging through a thicket of tall defenders to score via one of the hardest noggin in the business.

Goal line technology introduced much to Michel Platini's chagrin

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It is official. FIFA finally ended the goal line technology debate that began seven years ago after Pedro Mendes's ghost goal against Man Utd was missed by the referee and the linesman. IFAB, the body that governs the game's rules and laws, approved goal line technology in Zurich yesterday.

Chelsea FC vs FC Barcelona Champions League Preview

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Chlesea FC vs FC Barcelona (Photo: Barcaloco.com)

For a moment lets all close our eyes and remember back to that May night in 2009 when Barcelona fans were sitting on the edge of their seats thinking that our run was just about over. Down 1-0 with just two minutes left in the match and panic starting to set it.

Make or break week for Barcelona as Chelsea and Real Madrid prepare to test the European champions

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Barcelona's mantle as the best team in Europe is set to be tested over the next week, with three mouth-watering fixtures ready to challenge Pep Guardiola's men.

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Pedro keeps Chelsea in the hunt for FA Cup glory

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pedro Rodriguez came off the bench to keep Chelsea’s chances of silverware this season alive with an extra-time winner in a 2-1 victory at Leicester on Sunday to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.

Alvaro Morata’s first goal since Boxing Day on his return to the Chelsea starting line-up put the visitors on course to bounce back from their Champions League elimination at the hands of Barcelona in midweek.

Pedro halts slide, sends Chelsea into FA Cup semi-finals

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pedro Rodriguez came off the bench to halt Chelsea’s slide with an extra-time winner in a 2-1 victory at Leicester on Sunday to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.

Alvaro Morata’s first goal since Boxing Day on his return to the Chelsea starting line-up put the visitors on course to bounce back from their Champions League elimination at the hands of Barcelona in midweek.

‘No personality, no class, scared’ — Mourinho blasts United

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho launched an astonishing verbal tirade against his Manchester United players after they reached the FA Cup semi-finals, accusing them of “a lack of personality, lack of class and lack of desire.”

Just 24 hours after the United manager had made a memorable defence of his own record in the pre-match press conference, Mourinho turned his attention to his players after a comfortable 2-0 quarter-final victory over Brighton.

‘No personality, no class, scared’ — Mourinho blasts United

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho launched an astonishing verbal tirade against his Manchester United players after they reached the FA Cup semi-finals, accusing them of “a lack of personality, lack of class and lack of desire.”

Just 24 hours after the United manager had made a memorable defence of his own record in the pre-match press conference, Mourinho turned his attention to his players after a comfortable 2-0 quarter-final victory over Brighton.

Mourinho blasts ‘lack of personality’ in FA Cup win, Spurs also in semis

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London (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho blasted his under-performing side once more despite reaching the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday as goals from Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic saw off Brighton 2-0.

Tottenham Hotspur also booked their place in the last four in more emphatic fashion thanks to Christian Eriksen’s double in a 3-0 win at Swansea to make light of Harry Kane’s absence through injury.

Eriksen double sends Spurs into FA Cup semis

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Swansea (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Christian Eriksen proved Tottenham can thrive without Harry Kane as the Dane’s double sent them into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 win at Swansea on Saturday.

With striker Kane sidelined for several weeks due to ankle ligament damage, Mauricio Pochettino’s side received an inspirational performance from Eriksen at the Liberty Stadium.

Arsenal ease pressure on Wenger, City stroll into semi-finals

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger avoided more humiliation as troubled Arsenal moved into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 5-0 win against minnows Lincoln, while Manchester City joined the Gunners in the last four after a 2-0 victory at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Under heavy fire after Tuesday’s dismal Champions League exit against Bayern Munich, Wenger was given some much-needed breathing space by his side’s quarter-final victory over the plucky non-leaguers.

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FA Cup semi-finals – The match Officials

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FA Cup semi-finals The match Officials

by Andrew Crawshaw

Saturday 12 April kick off 17:07 Wigan Athletic v Arsenal

Referee Michael Oliver Assistants Stuart Burt and Darren England Fourth Official Craig Pawson Reserve Assistant John Brooks

Sunday 13 April kick off 16:07 Hull City v Sheffield United

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Arsenal Heading To Wembley

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Arsenal are a step close to ending their nine year trophy drought ager beating Everton 4-1 at the Emirates on Saturday, a result that will send them into the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley next month.

Mesut Ozil ended his three-month wait for a goal to give the Gunners a perfect start before Romelu Lukaku's first half equaliser.

Kenny Dalglish

Match Preview: Liverpool vs Fulham

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Kenny Dalglish is on Tuesday night likely to give his players the chance to audition for a place in Liverpool's FA Cup final team when Fulham visit Anfield in the Premier League.
The Merseyside club's extremely disappointing league campaign has long since been limping towards its conclusion and the best they can hope for is a seventh-placed finish.

Match Report: Liverpool 2 - 1 Everton

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Liverpool's much-maligned record signing Andy Carroll went some way to justifying his huge price with the goal which put his side into their first FA Cup final since 2006 and ended the dreams of Everton in the all-Merseyside encounter at Wembley.
The £35million striker had endured a testing afternoon, heading one straightforward chance wide, but came up with the winner four minutes from time at Wembley.

Match Report: Liverpool 2 - 1 Everton

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Liverpool's much-maligned record signing Andy Carroll went some way to justifying his huge price with the goal which put his side into their first FA Cup final since 2006 and ended the dreams of Everton in the all-Merseyside encounter at Wembley.
The £35million striker had endured a testing afternoon, heading one straightforward chance wide, but came up with the winner four minutes from time at Wembley.

The Rest

Why the FA Cup semi-finals shouldn’t be held at Wembley

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So, after two eventful FA Cup semi-finals, why should we be thinking of the negative? Well, considering there were more than 18,000 empty seats...

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Next Years FA Cup May Leave A Nasty Taste In The Mouth

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Over the last few years, we have come to worry more than a little about the well-being of the FA Cup. Semi-finals at Wembley Stadium, falling television audiences for the final and dwindling crowds for matches involving Premier League clubs have all taken their toll on this most venerable of sporting institutions, but at least we can console ourselves with the fact that it still has a grip over the smaller clubs that enter it.

Champions League semi-finals: Bayern outclass Real Madrid, 2-1

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szólj hozzá: Bayern - Real 2-1

We're back! After more than a week of suffering from flu like symptoms that left me prostrate, weak as a kitten, and delinquent with blogging. A week away from the world's game is like being away for a lifetime. But thankfully, it was to this game that we make our return.