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English Premier League

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!

Reds defender backs Reina replacement

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Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates has backed teammate Alexander Doni to make the most of his first start for the Reds this weekend when they host Aston Villa at Anfield.

Brazilian goalkeeper Doni is yet to make a competitive appearance for Liverpool due to the consistency of first-choice Pepe Reina but the Spaniard's three-game suspension has created a surprise opportunity for the 32-year old back-up.

Kuyt Not Surprised By Criticism Aimed At Liverpool

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Dirk Kuyt has revealed his lack of surprise at the criticism directed at Liverpool this season and insists the Reds should be contesting for a place in the Premier League's top four.
Liverpool sit seventh in table heading into the weekend fixtures, but could drop as low as ninth if results go against them.

Kenny Dalglish Is The Right Man For Liverpool, Says Alan Shearer

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Alan Shearer believes boss Kenny Dalglish remains "the right man to take Liverpool forward" despite the Reds' poor form in the Premier League.
The Reds have won the Carling Cup and are in the FA Cup semi-finals but have won only two league games in 2012.
Shearer, who won the title under Dalglish at Blackburn in 1995, said: "That is disappointing, but you have to be careful in criticizing Kenny.

Charlie Adam Out For Season, and Other Wednesday Notes

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After a few quiet days on the news front, we've got a veritable logjam of information to pass along today with confirmation that Liverpool will face Everton in the FA Cup, Jose Enrique's attempts to shoulder some of the blame, and bad news for Charlie Adam on the injury front...

* With the quarter-finals now out of the way, a pair of Wembley derbies have been set for the FA Cup semi-finals on April 14th and 15th.

Arsenal

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.

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.

Stress free FA Cup weekend and video technology

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Our lads can put their feet up and enjoy a weekend without a fixture, obviously Monday's game at Wigan is another potentially tricky game, but I look forward to enjoying the two FA Cup semi finals without having to get stressed about an Arsenal game. Â Howard Webb is officiating today and Martin Atkinson tomorrow.

Manchester United

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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Make or break week for Barcelona as Chelsea and Real Madrid prepare to test the European champions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

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.

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 Preview: Liverpool vs Everton

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Merseyside pride and a place in the FA Cup final will be at stake when Liverpool and Everton rekindle their fierce rivalry at Wembley Stadium.
A semi-final showdown at the home of English football appears to have all the makings of a cup classic, with derby tensions adding extra spice to what is always a special occasion.

Videos

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.

FA Cup: Spurs 3-1 Bolton – Nelsen Plots Course To Victory At The Lane (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Bolton Wanderers FA Cup Quarter-Final 27th March 2012


On a night when the miraculous work of the medical teams of both clubs (and the emergency services) in treating Fabrice Muamba were given the respect and applause they so deserve, the two sides played out a decent game to find out who would face Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Liverpool

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.

Dalglish Proud To Progress

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Kenny Dalglish praised the 'attitude, application and intent' of his Liverpool players after hitting back to beat Everton 2-1 in the FA Cup semi-finals.
The Reds fell behind to a Nikica Jelavic goal in the first half before equalizing through Luis Suarez just after the hour mark and then securing victory when Andy Carroll headed home in the 87th minute.

Dalglish Proud To Progress

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Kenny Dalglish praised the 'attitude, application and intent' of his Liverpool players after hitting back to beat Everton 2-1 in the FA Cup semi-finals.
The Reds fell behind to a Nikica Jelavic goal in the first half before equalizing through Luis Suarez just after the hour mark and then securing victory when Andy Carroll headed home in the 87th minute.

Main Listening Report: Two Semi Finals; Two Derbies

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On this week\'s main listening report we look ahead to this weekend\'s FA Cup semi-finals which sees both games involving two local rivals.

Languagecaster Podcast: The FA Cup semi finals

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On this week\'s podcast, Damon and Damian put the spotlight on their two teams, Liverpool and Tottenham, and the FA Cup semi finals.

FA Cup Semi-Final Previews: Liverpool vs Everton, and Chelsea vs Tottenham

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It would be hard to wish for a bigger and better duo of FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley this year with the prospect of Everton meeting Liverpool in a Merseyside derby, and Chelsea meeting Tottenham, in a London derby. Here's ...

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50 Years of Merseyside Derbies

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There have been 217 Merseyside derbies in total. I limited this remembrance to the previous 122, those played in the last 50 years. Which is actually a handy dividing line, as Liverpool and Everton only met once between 1951 and 1962, in the '54-55 FA Cup (which Liverpool won), because of Everton then Liverpool's relegation to the Second Division.

Kuyt: Reds criticism is justified

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The Reds sit seventh in table heading into the weekend fixtures, but could drop as low as ninth if results go against them.

Sixth-placed Newcastle, Liverpool's opponents on Sunday at the Sports Direct Arena, can go 12 points clear of the Anfield club with victory.

Despite winning the Carling cup and being in the FA Cup semi-finals this season, Kuyt admits that their league form has underlined a disappointing season.

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.