This weekend saw the two all-Premier League FA Cup semi-finals take place with some fantastic goals and late drama!
Man City was taking on Brighton in the weekends first semi-final. Peps side was looking to get to their second Wembley final this season and keep the dream of the quadruple in. Brighton were hoping for a change in their luck at Wembley. They had never won a competitive match there but had it all to do against City.
City got off to the perfect start. It took them just four minutes to unlock Brighton's defence and take the lead. Laporte played a fantastic cross-field pass to Bernardo. The Portuguese playmaker flicked the ball over to De Bruyne. It seemed like De Bruyne had all the time in the world and picked out Jesus with a fantastic ball on the edge of the six-yard box. Jesus met the cross with a diving header and City were 1-0 up.
Brighton grew into the game though and eventually got a couple of shots off after 25 minutes. Then a big VAR moment. Kyle Walker got into an altercation and appeared to move his head towards a Brighton defender. For the first time ever VAR was being shown in the ground. Everyone watched as the replays showed Walker probably should have been shown a red card. The referee only awarded a yellow much to the annoyance of the Brighton fans.
The half time whistle came and it was still 1-0 and Brighton was still in this FA Cup semi-final. Probably not what they thought would happen when they conceded so early on.
The second half started and Brighton was unlucky not to get back in the game. A goal-line clearance was needed by Laporte to ensure City kept a 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately for the neutrals and Brighton fans, this was about as exciting the rest of the game got. City heald on and even though it was in typical Man City fashion it still sent them into another final with the quadruple still on.
City have now only conceded one goal in their last six visits to Wembley. Brighton's display won't be one they look back on fondly. 40% of their shots in the game came from their centreback Duffy.
On Bet365 Man City are 4/1 to win all the other three competitions they are in and do the quadruple. To go and win at Wembley once again and lift the FA Cup is 1/6.
The second semi-final of the weekend Watford vs Wolves. Watford was looking to make their second FA Cup final, their first coming back in 1984. Wolves have had some fantastic wins to get to this point, they had beat Man United and Liverpool along the way.
The match got off to a fast start with boss sides nearly taking the lead, but seeing their shots go just over. It did take a while to see the first shot on target of the game with it coming in the 35th minute. This resulted in a corner for Wolves. From the corner, they took the lead thanks to Doherty. A short corner was played and the ball was put straight into the box across the six-yard line. The full-back ran from the back post across and powered the header behind Gomes.
Watford had a chance to equalise before the break. Troy Deeney flicked the ball with his head to the oncoming Grey. He took the of the half volley from the penalty spot. He was denied a certain goal due to brilliant defending from the Wolves captain Coady.
The second half started and Wolves still had their lead and managed to double it through Raul Jiminez in the 62nd minute. A ball deep into the box found the Mexican striker who controlled it fantastically with his chest. The ball then fell to him for to hit on the volley straight past Gomes. The Wolves fans erupted as Jiminez celebrated wearing a Mexican wrestlers mask.
Watford managed to get themselves back into the game though on the 72nd minute. Late substitute Deulofeu scoring one of the goals of the season. The ball came to him on the left-hand side of the box, with many players in front of him. The shot never looked on but the Spaniard thought otherwise. A shot with perfect loft and spin on it found the top right corner leaving everyone amazed.
Watford then pushed for the equaliser and with only four minutes added time it looked like it was over. However, some tired defending from Dendoncker gave Watford a penalty. Up stepped Deeney who hit the penalty that hard the placement didn't matter as much. The game finished 2-2 and extra-time was on.
A counter-attack and a one-two from Watford was what all it took to end this semi-final. Andre Grey returning the ball to Deulofeu who was through on goal. The substitute passed the ball into the bottom corner and Watford had won the game. It was a fantastic substitute display and one that Watford fans won't forget in a long time.
Watford now has the even harder task of beating City but if Deulofeu can play the same again then who knows! Bet365 have Watford at 4/1 to go on and win the FA Cup final.