FA Cup: Kelechi Iheanacho luggage brace as Leicester beat Manchester United, Chelsea win to arrange Metropolis conflict

FA Cup: Kelechi Iheanacho luggage brace as Leicester beat Manchester United, Chelsea win to arrange Metropolis conflict

Brendan Rodgers’ aspect can look ahead to assembly Southampton of their first FA Cup semi-final since 1982 due to Iheanacho’s predatory ending on the King Energy Stadium.

FA Cup: Kelechi Iheanacho bags brace as Leicester beat Manchester United, Chelsea win to set up City clash

Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates after scoring towards Manchester United. AP

London: Leicester despatched Manchester United crashing out of the FA Cup as Kelechi Iheanacho’s double sealed a 3-1 win, whereas Chelsea will face Manchester Metropolis within the semi-finals after beating Sheffield United on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers’ aspect can look ahead to assembly Southampton of their first FA Cup semi-final since 1982 due to Iheanacho’s predatory ending on the King Energy Stadium.

He put Leicester forward in Rodgers’ a hundredth recreation in cost earlier than Mason Greenwood equalised late within the first half.

Youri Tielemans restored Leicester’s lead and Nigeria striker Iheanacho wrapped up solely their second win over United in 23 years and their first since 2014.

Leicester, who’ve by no means received the FA Cup and final reached the ultimate in 1969, will head to Wembley to face Southampton in April.

United’s limp exit ended their run of 29 away video games with out defeat in all home competitions since shedding at Liverpool in January 2020.

With out a trophy because the 2017 Europa League, that competitors is now their final practical likelihood of successful the primary silverware of boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign.

After reaching the Europa League quarter-finals with a win at AC Milan in midweek, Solskjaer made 5 modifications as Paul Pogba returned to the beginning line-up following his winner on the San Siro.

Solskjaer this week revealed that Fred, Bruno Fernandes and Alex Telles had performed a key position in United’s revival with their upbeat personalities.

However Fred had nothing to smile about as he paid the value for a woeful mistake within the Twenty fourth minute.

When Harry Maguire performed a dangerous ball out to Fred on the sting of the United space, the Brazilian’s panicked response was a weak back-pass in direction of United keeper Dean Henderson.

Iheanacho nipped in to intercept it earlier than rounding Henderson and tapping into the empty web to make it eight targets in his final 9 video games.

United equalised within the thirty eighth minute when Pogba’s cross was cleverly dummied by Donny van de Beek and Greenwood slammed his shot previous Kasper Schmeichel from 12 yards.

Lacklustre United have been nonetheless out of kinds and Tielemans put Leicester again in entrance within the 52nd minute.

The Belgian midfielder superior unchecked as United backed off and he took full benefit with a high-quality low end from the sting of the realm.

Solskjaer responded with 4 substitutions together with the introduction of Fernandes and Edinson Cavani.

However Iheanacho killed off United within the 78th minute with a medical header from Marc Albrighton’s free-kick.

Since his first recreation within the FA Cup in 2016, Iheanacho has scored 13 occasions, greater than another participant.

Chelsea arrange Metropolis conflict

At Stamford Bridge, Thomas Tuchel’s much-changed aspect have been under their finest however nonetheless earned a doubtlessly thrilling showdown with quadruple chasers Manchester Metropolis by beating Sheffield United 2-0.

Oliver Norwood’s Twenty fourth-minute personal purpose, the midfielder turning Ben Chilwell’s shot into the web, put them on track for the final 4.

Hakim Ziyech got here off the bench to complete Chilwell’s move in second-half stoppage time.

The Blues are again within the FA Cup semi-finals for a fourth time within the final 5 seasons after shedding final 12 months’s closing towards Arsenal.

Chelsea received the final of the membership’s eight FA Cups below Antonio Conte in 2018.

FA Cup Kelechi Iheanacho bags brace as Leicester beat Manchester United Chelsea win to set up City clash

Hakim Ziyech celebrates after scoring towards Sheffield. AP

“We had an excellent first half the place we managed the whole lot. We misplaced management within the second half. After 14 consecutive matches I may really feel we have been drained and we made many little errors,” Tuchel stated.

Tuchel’s early impression since changing the sacked Frank Lampard in January has turned Chelsea in a rock-solid defensive unit.

The German is unbeaten in 14 video games in all competitions, with Chelsea preserving 12 clear sheets in that interval, together with shutting out the opposition of their final seven matches.

“I may inform in coaching we have been drained and there was a scarcity of focus. That may occur typically. It will get tougher to maintain the extent up,” Tuchel stated.

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