The FA Cup semi-finals took place over the weekend. Yesterday, Aston Villa took on Liverpool at Wembley for a place in the final. Villa have had a dramatic resurgence since Tim Sherwood took over as Head Coach, and had their sites set on fighting for the Cup. However, with Steven Gerrard leaving for LA Galaxy in the summer, beating Villa would mean bowing out for the Reds in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, which coincidentally falls on his 35th birthday.
Coutinho scored first for Liverpool, but Benteke equalised just over five minutes later. Liverpool failed to respond and their lack-lustre performance cost them, as Villa’s Fabian Delph scored the well deserved winner putting Sherwood’s Villa through to the final.
Saturday’s game between Arsenal and Championship side Reading was an evenly fought match which went into extra time after a goal a piece from Arsenal’s Sanchez and Reading’s McCleary. Unfortunately, Reading’s goalkeeper, Adam Federici bungled a save, allowing Sanchez’ second goal to dribble over the line. His mistake lost Reading the match in an otherwise impeccable performance from him, and at the end of the match he was inconsolable.
Arsenal will meet Aston Villa in the FA Cup final on 30th May.