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OneFootball·19 March 2023

🏆 FA Cup: Fulham reduced to nine-men as Man Utd come back at OT

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Manchester United, Sheffield United and Brighton will all be joining Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Check out the draw for the semi-finals here.

Here’s what happened in Sunday’s dramatic quarter-final ties.

Fulham reduced to nine-men as Man Utd come back to win

Scorers: Bruno Fernandes (PEN) 75′, 90+6′, Sabitzer 77′; Mitrović 50′

Red cards: Willian (Fulham) 72′, Mitrović (Fulham) 72′

Manchester United will meet Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup semi-final after they came from behind to win an extraordinary match with Fulham on Sunday.

Fulham looked dangerous in the opening half hour at Old Trafford, with Issa Diop forcing David de Gea to tip a looping header over the bar.

At the other end, Wout Weghorst could only snatch at a chance, and his shot rolled harmlessly into the gloves of Cottagers goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

The hosts began to grow in confidence, and Marcel Sabitzer stung Leno’s gloves with a wicked strike in the 40th minute, before the Austrian midfielder was just unable to pick out Marcus Rashford with a cut-back.

Into the second half and United goalkeeper De Gea was soon called into action to tip Antonee Robinson’s effort over after a nice Willian flick.

And then came the opening goal, as Diop flicked on a corner and Aleksandar Mitrović emerged to fire home.

But Mitrović’s day soon went from triumph to disaster. The Serbian striker reacted furiously to a VAR decision to award United a penalty and send Willian off for a handball on the line, and was also shown a red card for his trouble, reducing Fulham to nine men in one fell swoop.

Bruno Fernandes stepped up and sent Leno the wrong way to equalise.

Then, moments later, the match was turned completely on its head when Luke Shaw crossed for Sabitzer to divert past the goalkeeper for 2-1.

Dumbstruck Fulham were unable to respond, and Erik ten Hag’s side wrapped it up deep into stoppage time, with Bruno Fernandes firing home his second of the game.

From earlier …

Brighton see off Grimsby to book Wembley date

Scorers: Undav 6′, Ferguson 51′, 70′, March 82′, Mitoma 90′

Brighton and Hove Albion made light work of League Two Grimsby Town to seal their passage to the semi-finals.

The Premier League side didn’t need long to open the scoring, with Deniz Undav pouncing from close range to finish a rebound off the goalkeeper.

The second Seagulls goal came early in the second half, with Evan Ferguson finishing clinically after an Alexis Mac Allister assist.

Ferguson then thought he’d scored again in the 57th minute, but his second goal was ruled out for offside.

But the 18-year-old didn’t have to wait long for another goal, and with 20 minutes remaining he found the bottom corner after Undav’s pass to make it 3-0.

And Solly March then got in on the act to make it 4-0 with an excellent diving header.

Before Kaoru Mitoma completed the rout in stoppage time to make it five.

Blades progress in Cup classic

Scorers: Lowe 29′, McBurnie 80′, Doyle 90′; Brereton Diaz (PEN) 21′, Szmodics 60′

Tommy Doyle’s last minute goal saw Sheffield United beat Blackburn 3-2 to advance to the FA Cup semi-finals.

It was an all-Championship affair at Bramall Lane as Sheffield United hosted Blackburn with a spot in the semi-finals at stake.

After only 20 minutes Rovers had the chance to score from the spot as Jack Robinson handled the ball inside the area and conceded a penalty.

Up stepped Ben Brereton Diaz who netted with aplomb.

Their lead didn’t last long however as Max Lowe’s deflected effort wrong-footed Aynsley Pears and nestled in the bottom corner.

Into the second half and the Lancashire side got themselves ahead for a second time as Sammie Szmodics capitalised on a defensive error from the Blades and finished well.

The hosts once again got themselves on level terms though, as Ollie McBurnie jinked his way through the defence and slotted home.

But United left the best until last as Tommy Doyle fired in a stunner from 25 yards to give his side a winner in the very last minute.

Check out the draw for the semi-finals here.