March 26, 2023

Leading 1-0 in the 75th at Old Trafford, Fulham went completely crazy and were eliminated by Manchester United (3-1) in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup while Brighton put an end to the dream of Grimsby, team of D4 (5-0), Sunday.

The Red Devils have come a long way. Without energy after their qualification on Thursday in Seville in the Europa League, they seemed to be on their way to disillusionment at home against the Cottagers.

The latter, well organized and more on their legs, had opened the scoring on the return from the locker room on a badly shot corner, but deflected by Issa Diop towards the striker Aleksandar Mitrovic who had deceived David de Gea from close (0-1, 50th).

A quarter of an hour later, he had even almost doubled the bet with a header, but the Spanish goalkeeper had relaxed beautifully on his right (65th).

But all it took was a counter-attack favored by a moment of inattention for everything to change.

Antony, who had just come on, played a good two against one by serving Jadon Sancho who dribbled past the goalkeeper, hooked the return of a defender and shot towards the goal but Willian, who came back in disaster, had the wrong reflex to put the hand to prevent the ball from entering.

– Flattering score for United blunt –

Called on the edge of the sidelines to see the footage, the referee first ruled out coach Marco Silva who protested too vehemently, before confirming a penalty and red card against Willian, which provoked the fury of Mitrovic , also returned to the locker room for having pushed the referee.

Bruno Fernandes kept his cool to take Bernd Leno on the wrong foot and Fulham found themselves at nine (1-1, 75th).

Two minutes later, Manchester drove home the point, Marcel Sabitzer skillfully taking over a tight cross from Luke Shaw low to the ground to give the advantage to his team (2-1, 77th).

At the very end of the match, Fernandes added a third goal which gives a flattering air to the result (3-1, 90+5).

United will return to Wembley where they won the League Cup in February and can still dream of a hat-trick with the C3.

In the semi-finals, on April 22 or 23, he will face Brighton who dryly beat Tom Thumb of division 4 Grismby Town (5-0).

Under the leadership of Roberto de Zerbi, who replaced Graham Potter after his departure from Chelsea, the club from the south of England continues to produce a game that is as pleasant as it is effective and can also dream of European qualification.

– After Burnley, Sheffield for City –

Despite the support of 4,600 supporters who had crossed England to support them with their iconic inflatable haddocks, the Mariners took their flag down this time.

From the 6th minute, Deniz Undav had followed a shot from Moises Caicedo that the opposing goalkeeper could not control to open the scoring (1-0).

Grimsby reached the break with this score which still left room for dreams, but a double from Evan Ferguson (2-0, 51st and 3-0, 70th) confirmed the superiority of the Premier League team.

A diving header from Solly March (4-0, 82nd) ​​and a lucky goal, on a deflected shot from Kaoru Mitoma (5-0, 90th) further inflated the score.

At the start of the afternoon, Sheffield United had won (3-2) a 100% Championship duel (D2) by overthrowing Blackburn who had led 1-0 then 2-1 at the last minute, thanks to a strike from Tommy Doyle in full skylight.

In the half, the Blades will have the formidable honor of rubbing shoulders with Manchester City, who had no mercy for Burnley (6-0) – the leader of the Championship (D2) ahead of Sheffield -, trained by Vincent Kompany who had carried for eleven years the sky blue jersey, eight of which as captain.

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