This weekend has seen some wonderful football games in the FA Cup 2014, with one fixture throwing up a large amount of controversy over one call from a referee, which effectively has knocked a team out of the tournament. That controversial match was Arsenal v Liverpool at the Emirates, but that was only one of the 6 fantastic games we had at the weekend and was arguably the highlight of Sunday. The highlight of Saturday simply had to be the clash between two of the best teams in the Premier League, Manchester City v Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.
The build-up to the Arsenal v Liverpool match was immense as their previous clash, which was only a matter of weeks before, ended in Liverpool dominating Arsenal 5-1 in the league. This gave Arsenal the motivation to get their revenge and they managed to do so winning by only one goal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski put Arsenal 2-0 ahead just after half-time, but then Steven Gerrard buried a penalty to make it 2-1. Soon after, the referee Howard Webb waved away what seemed to be another clear Liverpool penalty, but it was not given and Liverpool lost 2-1.
The other main FA Cup 2014 game of the weekend was Manchester City against Chelsea and this was an unpredictable match with an interesting outcome. Manchester City dominated the score line 2-0 with goals from Stevan Jovetić and Samir Nasri, but the interesting part of the game was that Chelsea didn’t get a single shot on target all game. It was expected for Chelsea to put up more of a fight against the Citizens, but Mourinho’s Blues are now out of the FA Cup and can focus fully on their prime target of winning the Premier League.
This means that Manchester City have a slightly easier FA Cup 2014 quarter-final game against Wigan, who defeated Cardiff 2-1 on Saturday. Arsenal denied Liverpool the opportunity to play in a Merseyside derby in the next round as they will take on Everton, after the Toffees eliminated Swansea from the FA Cup on Sunday. Sheffield United could play in a derby against Sheffield Wednesday or Charlton Athletic depending on who wins their game being played on Monday 24th February. The last quarter-final match will consist of Sunderland travelling to either Brighton & Hove Albion or Hull City.
FA Cup 2014 quarter-final draw:
Arsenal v Everton
Brighton & Hove Albion or Hull City v Sunderland
Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday or Charlton Athletic
Manchester City v Wigan Athletic
Author Daniel Foster.
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