FA Cup Quarter-Finals: Chelsea knock out holders Man United, Arsenal hit five past Lincoln

Chelsea ended Man United‘s hopes of retaining the FA Cup, as the Blues booked their place in the semi-finals after a hard-fought 1-0 win over the ten-man Red Devils.

Jose Mourinho’s side were looking to keep hopes of winning a record 13th FA Cup alive, but things got much harder for Man United after Ander Herrera was sent off ten minutes before the break after collecting two soft yellow cards.

N’Golo Kante scored the only goal as Chelsea knocked out the holders
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Man United began to throw bodies behind the ball in a bid to frustrate Chelsea, but the home side finally broke the deadlock on 51 minutes when N’Golo Kante’s long-range effort found its way into the bottom corner.

Marcus Rashford missed Man United’s best chance to equalise with Thibaut Courtois saving with his feet to deny the teenager, as Chelsea picked up a much deserved victory to keep hopes of a league and cup double alive.

Lincoln City‘s dream  FA Cup run came to end in the quarter-finals as Danny Cowley’s side proved no match for Arsenal, with the Gunners recording a 5-0 win over the non-leaguers to book their place in the final four.

Theo Walcott broke down Lincoln’s resilience just before half-time as his shot from the edge of the area deflected in off defender Sam Habergham, before Olivier Giroud doubled Arsenal’s lead on 53 minutes as he calmly fired the ball home from close range.

Luke Waterfall turned Kieran Gibbs cross into his own net to make it 3-0 just before the hour mark, before Alexis Sanchez place a sublime right-footed strike into the bottom corner for the Gunners fourth on 72 minutes.

Aaron Ramsey added a fifth three minutes later as the walked the ball into the net from Alexis Sanchez’s cross to complete the rout and keep Arsenal on course of winning a record 13th FA Cup.

It was also all to easy for Tottenham as they ended Millwall‘s cup run to keep their hopes of winning a first FA Cup since 1991 alive with a 6-0 thrashing of the League One side.

Substitute Christian Eriksen came on for the Harry Kane – who went off with an ankle injury – and got Spurs up and running on the half-hour mark, when he smashed the ball into the far corner from Dele Alli’s chest down.

Son Heung-min doubled Tottenham’s lead four minutes before the break with a left-footed shot fired into the top corner and the South Korean got his second of the game on 54 minutes, as he turned in Kieran Trippier’s long ball from close range.

An unmarked Alli powered the ball home at the back post from Eriksen’s cross to make it 4-0 on 72 minutes, before substitute Vincent Janssen added a fifth with his first Spurs goal from open-play, placing the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

Son wrapped up his hat-trick in injury time to complete a comfortable 6-0 win over the Lions, as his left-footed volley from close range found its way over the line after a mistake from Millwall goalkeeper Tom King.

Man City complete this year’s semi-finals as Pep Guardiola’s side booked their ticket to Wembley with a 2-0 win over Premier League strugglers Middlesbrough.

David Silva opened the scoring after just three minutes when he fired the ball into the far corner from Paolo Zabaleta’s cross and Sergio Aguero wrapped up the win on 67 minutes when he fired the ball into the bottom corner from Leroy Sane’s low cross.

Son Heung-min’s hat-trick helped Tottenham thrash Milwall
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Saturday 11 March

Middlesbrough 0-2 Man City (Silva 3, Aguero 67)
Arsenal 5-0 Lincoln (Walcott 45, Giroud 53, Waterfall o/g 58, Sanchez 72, Ramsey 75)

Sunday 12 Mar

Tottenham 6-0 Millwall (Eriksen 31, Heung-min 41, 54, 90, Alli 72, Janssen 79)

Monday 13 Mar

Chelsea 1-0 Man United (Kante 51 | Herrera s/o 35)

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