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Saturday, 16 March 2019

United crash out of FA Cup as City survive scare


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Manchester City's quest for a quadruple is still on thanks to a bit of luck and some help from the referee while Wolverhampton Wanderers beat visitors Manchester United to reach the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1998.

City came from two goals down to beat second-tier Swansea City 3-2 in the quarter-finals but it was a comeback that benefited from two refereeing mistakes.

Wolves beat last year's finalists United 2-1 with a clinical second-half display in an intense atmosphere.

English champions City were incorrectly awarded a penalty, when Cameron Carter-Vickers was adjudged to have fouled Raheem Sterling in the box, that led to the equaliser.

Adding to City's good fortune was the fact the equaliser had only gone in after Sergio Aguero's penalty bounced in off goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt.

Aguero then scored the winner on 88 minutes from an offside position to end Swansea's hopes of a massive upset.

"If it's not a penalty, I'm sorry. If it's offside, I'm sorry," said Guardiola, who added he had not seen replays of either incident.

"Why is VAR not here? That's the question for the authorities."

It made for one of City's least impressive wins of the season but kept them on track for a possible four titles.

City have already won the League Cup, lead the way in the Premier League and is into the Champions League quarter-finals.

In a game played in driving rain, Matt Grimes gave Swansea the lead from the penalty spot in the 20th minute before Bersant Celina doubled the lead in the 29th.

Pep Guardiola's team found a way back into the game in the 69th when Bernardo Silva struck.

At Molineux, Raul Jimenez broke the deadlock in the 70th minute and Diogo Jota doubled the lead in the 76th minute.

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof was shown a red card by referee Martin Atkinson after he clattered into Jota, however, the decision was changed to a yellow card after a check by the video assistant referee.

United scored a late consolation through Marcus Rashford during the fifth minute of added time.

Earlier on Saturday, Watford reached the last four after substitute Andre Gray scored two minutes after coming off the bench to secure a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

Manchester City's quest for a quadruple is still on thanks to a bit of luck and some help from the referee while Wolverhampton Wanderers beat visitors Manchester United to reach the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1998.

City came from two goals down to beat second-tier Swansea City 3-2 in the quarter-finals but it was a comeback that benefited from two refereeing mistakes.

Wolves beat last year's finalists United 2-1 with a clinical second-half display in an intense atmosphere.

English champions City were incorrectly awarded a penalty, when Cameron Carter-Vickers was adjudged to have fouled Raheem Sterling in the box, that led to the equaliser.

Adding to City's good fortune was the fact the equaliser had only gone in after Sergio Aguero's penalty bounced in off goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt.

Aguero then scored the winner on 88 minutes from an offside position to end Swansea's hopes of a massive upset.

"If it's not a penalty, I'm sorry. If it's offside, I'm sorry," said Guardiola, who added he had not seen replays of either incident.

"Why is VAR not here? That's the question for the authorities."

It made for one of City's least impressive wins of the season but kept them on track for a possible four titles.

City have already won the League Cup, lead the way in the Premier League and is into the Champions League quarter-finals.

In a game played in driving rain, Matt Grimes gave Swansea the lead from the penalty spot in the 20th minute before Bersant Celina doubled the lead in the 29th.

Pep Guardiola's team found a way back into the game in the 69th when Bernardo Silva struck.

At Molineux, Raul Jimenez broke the deadlock in the 70th minute and Diogo Jota doubled the lead in the 76th minute.

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof was shown a red card by referee Martin Atkinson after he clattered into Jota, however, the decision was changed to a yellow card after a check by the video assistant referee.

United scored a late consolation through Marcus Rashford during the fifth minute of added time.

Earlier on Saturday, Watford reached the last four after substitute Andre Gray scored two minutes after coming off the bench to secure a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

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