The FA Cup Quarter-Final was played over the weekend, and four matches from Round 31 of the Premier League took place, although a number of teams were not in action due to fixture clashes.
FA Cup Quarter-Finals
On Saturday lunchtime, Tottenham Hotspur made it through to the semi-finals with a comfortable victory away to Swansea City, beating the Welsh side 3 – 0. Even without the injured Harry Kane, Spurs proved far too strong for their opponents, scoring twice before half-time through Christian Eriksen and then Erik Lamela. Eriksen scored a third after half-time as his side eased through.
The evening match saw Manchester United progress at the expense of Brighton 2 – 0 in wintery conditions, with snow falling and blanketing the pitch. The goals were scored by Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic. However, United’s display was questioned after the match by their own manager, with Jose Mourinho saying his players were “scared to play” and he questioned their “personality.”
The Sunday afternoon match saw Premier League strugglers Southampton go to League One side Wigan Athletic side and win 2 – 0. In what was manager Mark Hughes first game in charge of the South Coast team, Southampton took the lead through Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Wigan goalkeeper Christian Walton saved a penalty from Marco Gabbiadini to keep his team in the tie, but Portuguese full-back Cedric Soares made the game safe in injury time.
The final tie of the weekend saw Chelsea travel to Leicester City and emerge with a 2 -1 win after extra time. It was Chelsea who took the lead through Alvaro Morata, the much-criticised Spanish striker scoring his first goal of 2018. Leicester stepped-up the tempo in the second-half, and got a deserved equaliser from Jamie Vardy to send the tie into extra time. Chelsea then regained the lead when Leicester keeper Kaspar Schmeichel misjudged a cross, allowing Pedro’s header to trickle over the line. It proved to be enough for the Londoners to reach the semi-finals.
The draw for the Semi-Finals was made straight after the Chelsea match finished and produced the following two ties:
- Chelsea v Southampton
- Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur