THE TOP FIVE FA CUP SEMI-FINALS
The Emirates FA Cup semi-finals are fast approaching and Wembley Stadium welcomes Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Southampton this weekend.
There have been plenty of brilliant FA Cup semi-finals over the years, and we have picked our top five.
5. Liverpool v Everton, 2012:
Not much can beat a feisty Merseyside derby in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium. On this occasion, Everton took the lead midway through the first half when a defensive error gifted the ball to Nikica Jelavic, who calmly finished from ten yards out. The Liverpool equaliser came from Luis Suarez who latched onto a short back pass to finish before the winning goal came minutes from time, through a towering header from Andy Carroll.
4. Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday 1993
Another all-city affair match makes our top five – the Steel City derby of ‘93. A crowd of over 75,000 filled the old Wembley to see who would make it to the final and have the all-important bragging rights. The match went to extra time, and it was Sheffield Wednesday who went on to win the match by 2-1.
3. Tottenham v Arsenal 1991
This is certainly one of the most famous semi-finals to date, mainly because it involved these two fierce north London rivals and was the first to be played at Wembley. It also delivered one of Wembley’s best goals, a 30-yard free-kick from Paul Gascoigne which is still lauded to this day. Spurs won 3-1 and went on to win the Final against Nottingham Forest. Can they do the same and lift the famous trophy this year?
2. Chesterfield v Middlesbrough 1997
Chesterfield, then of the old Second Division, led their Premier League opponents by two goals at Old Trafford before eventually drawing 3-3 after extra-time in an entertaining match. At this time, there were semi-final replays. Middlesbrough showed their Premier League class and won this 3-0. But Chesterfield showed throughout the competition they could compete with the bigger sides in English Football.
1. Manchester United v Arsenal 1999
Two giants of English football came head-to-head in the most famous of semi-finals when goals from Manchester United’s David Beckham and Arsenal’s Dennis Bergkamp, sent the game into extra time at Villa Park. Bergkamp then saw a penalty saved by Peter Schmeichel before United dramatically won it thanks to one of the best FA Cup goals in history, as Ryan Giggs intercepted a pass on the half-way line, took on the whole of Arsenal’s defence and smashed the ball past David Seaman.
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