FA Cup Results: Analysis for Manchester City vs. Chelsea, and All the Matches
The FA Cup has reached the fifth-round stage, and two huge glamour ties have been dominating the headlines.
The top four in the Premier League will become two by the sixth round. Manchester City were pulled out of the hat to face Chelsea, while Arsenal and Liverpool were paired together.
Five other ties were slated to take place as opposed to six, with Sheffield Wednesday's clash with Charlton Athletic falling victim to a waterlogged pitch.
In the following slides, we will dig into each game.
Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea: Jovetic, Nasri Put City Through
Manchester City gained revenge over Chelsea with a 2-0 win to book their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
City were comprehensively outplayed by Chelsea in the league recently, but the tables were turned in some style by Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
The home side made a sharp start, and on 16 minutes, they came close to taking the lead.
First, Petr Cech spilled a fierce drive from Yaya Toure. Stevan Jovetic reacted quickly to latch onto the loose ball, but his shot clipped the top of the bar.
Within a minute, City were in front. Edin Dzeko delivered a pass into the path of Jovetic, and he stroked the ball beyond Cech and in off the far post.
Chelsea’s response was limited, and they fell two behind on 67 minutes. David Silva beat the offside trip and slipped a pass into the path of the Samir Nasri, who marked his return to the team following five weeks out due to a knee injury with a simple finish.
As noted by Opta Sports on Twitter, this marked the fourth straight Man City win over Chelsea in FA Cup ties. City's attentions can now turn to the Champions League, with the small matter of a meeting with Barcelona on Tuesday.
For Chelsea, they will not take part in Champions League action until the following week, with their focus now shifting to a home game against Everton in the Premier League.
Vincent Kompany spoke to broadcaster ITV immediately after the game and admitted City were looking for revenge.
It is a big win against a strong team. We love the FA Cup; it was a great game for the FA Cup, and we are delighted with the result.
Twelve days ago, we had a really bad game; we gave them a lot of chances. We also created a lot of chances that day. We adapted and it was comfortable.
We wanted revenge today. From the word 'go,' we were strong in the challenge. We created chances; we did not give any chances away.
Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool
Arsenal move into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Sunday.
With a Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich looming on Wednesday Gunners boss Arsene Wenger named a rotated side for the game at the Emirates, but goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski gave the hosts a 2-0 lead.
Steven Gerrard then scored from the penalty spot after Luis Suarez had been fouled by Podolski to set up a dramatic final 25 minutes but, despite the visitors continuing to push, Arsenal held on for an important win.
Afterwards, Wenger told reporters:
It was vital for us to respond to the disappointing performance we had against Liverpool last week.
I'm very pleased with the intensity of our commitment, our response, our determination. You could feel there was a clinical desire in my team to take every opportunity to kill them.
It was a great game between two great teams. It was a fantastic FA Cup tie.
Many people questioned the FA Cup but today it delivered a great football performance.
Everton 3-1 Swansea
Arsenal will now face Everton in the quarter-finals, after the Toffees beat Swansea 3-1 earlier on Sunday afternoon.
Debutant Lacina Traore scored with a cheeky backheel after just four minutes to give Everton the early advantage, before Jonathan De Guzman’s strike pegged the hosts back shortly before half-time.
But the second half introduction of Steven Naismith for Traore paid dividends for Everton boss Roberto Martinez, as the Scot capitalised on Neil Taylor’s ill-advised backpass to restore the advantage.
Leighton Baines then converted from the penalty spot to wrap up the victory.
Afterwards, Martinez told reporters:
We are very satisfied because all you are looking for is a win to get into the next round.
We were a little bit anxious and feeling the role of playing at home and expecting to get into the next round and we were too cagey with our possession allowing Swansea to get well organised.
The second half was very different, we controlled the game, creating good opportunities and limiting Swansea to very little.
Sunderland 1-0 Southampton: Gardner Stunner Sinks Saints
Sunderland booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a battling 1-0 win over Southampton.
A match pretty low on quality was settled by a moment of brilliance on 49 minutes.
Craig Gardner beat a couple of Southampton players, stepped forward and unleashed a stunning drive that flew into the top corner.
Saints really should have forced a replay, but England forward Rickie Lambert missed a sitter later on.
Black Cats boss Gus Poyet, speaking to the club's website, was delighted with how his side stifled Saints and took control of the match.
I’m very pleased, Southampton are a very difficult side to play against; it’s very difficult to have the ball, very difficult to have chances.
Normally they are on top and I think overall we were better than them.
Cardiff City 1-2 Wigan Athletic: Holders March on
Wigan Athletic booked their place in the last eight of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win at Cardiff City.
Goals from Chris McCann and Ben Watson sandwiched an effort from Fraizer Campbell to take the FA Cup holders into the next round.
Wigan took the lead on 18 minutes, with McCann on hand to turn home a cross from Jordi Gomez.
The Latics were not in front for long, as Campbell benefited from good play from wingers Wilfried Zaha and Mats Moller Daehli to convert from eight yards.
Cardiff’s hopes of going on to win were dashed five minutes before the interval when Ben Watson fired home from 25 yards.
According to his official Twitter account, Wigan midfielder James McArthur, who sat out the game, wrote: "What a great win, boys played brilliant. The run goes on."
The Latics will now face Sheffield United in the quarter-finals, after the Blades beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 on Sunday.
For Cardiff, the exit from the cup will enable them to focus solely on their Premier League relegation battle.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will meet Hull at home next week, and a win will be important given that they are currently three points off the safety zone.
Still to Come
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