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English Cup: things go slowly for Chelsea, Manchester United-Liverpool clash in the quarterfinals

We know the last four qualified for the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

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English Cup: things go slowly for Chelsea, Manchester United-Liverpool clash in the quarterfinals

We know the last four qualified for the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Starting with Chelsea, who qualified laboriously this Wednesday at the expense of Leeds United (3-2), second in the Championship (English L2), beaten at the very end of the game at Stamford Bridge.

In front of their audience, the “Blues” were led (8th, 0-1) then rejoined (59th, 2-2) with a double from Mateo Joseph, a 20-year-old English center forward who had never scored before professionally. . Midfielder Conor Gallagher, who entered on the hour mark, however relieved them in the 90th minute (3-2), avoiding an embarrassing extension and a possible new disappointment, three days after their defeat in the League Cup final against Liverpool.

For Mauricio Pochettino's team, eleventh in the Premier League, the victory was all the more crucial as the "Cup" probably represents the ultimate hope of competing in a European competition next season. The winner plays in the Europa League. In the next round, in mid-March, the Londoners will face a Championship team, the current leader Leicester, again in their stadium.

Manchester United also qualified “Chelsea style”, that is to say by snatch, thanks to a free kick from Bruno Fernandes cut at the near post by Casemiro in the 89th minute of their match against Nottingham Forest (1-0). Same score for Wolverhampton against Brighton (1-0), with a goal from a former Ligue 1 player, Mario Lemina.

Last but not least, Liverpool entered the Top 8 of the Cup by dismissing Southampton (3-0), currently fourth in the Championship, thanks to goals scored by two 18-year-old players. Coach Jürgen Klopp received strong praise after winning the League Cup final on Sunday against Chelsea (1-0 ap), with the help of barely adult “kids”, launched at Wembley at the end of the game . He did it again from the start against Southampton on Wednesday at Anfield, and his choices were just as profitable.

For his first match with the “big guys” of Liverpool, Lewis Koumas opened the scoring with a deflected shot (44th), after a pass from Bobby Clark (19), a year older. The Reds pushed their advantage in the second half with a double from Jayden Danns (73rd, 88th) who, also at 18, wore the red jersey for the third time among professionals.

The English center forward made his debut last Wednesday in the league at the very end of the match against Luton (4-1), before making a remarkable entry into the League Cup final on Sunday in the absence of Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah, injured. The current Premier League leader will travel to historic rival Manchester United in mid-March in the quarter-finals. Manchester City will also have their work cut out for them with a poster against Newcastle, while Chelsea inherit Leicester. The Wolves will challenge Coventry, another resident of the second division.

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