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The FA Cup Story 2016: Quarter-Finals

19 May 2016


FA Cup Quarter-Finals - 8 teams remaining.

PALACE'S PATH
Friday 11th March
Reading 0-2 Crystal Palace

Two late goals helped the Eagles into the FA Cup semi-finals for the fourth time in their history as they saw off a spirited challenge from Reading who had looked to have secured a replay before two late goals.

Palace dominated the majority of the game and tested Ali Al-Habsi numerous times in the 90 minutes, with Emmanuel Adebayor, Yohan Cabaye and Yannick Bolasie all seeing good opportunities saved by the Royals keeper.

But with six minutes to go Bolasie was tugged back in the box by Jake Cooper who was shown a second yellow card and Cabaye netted from 12 yards, and in stoppage-time Fraizer Campbell scored from a yard out after Al-Habsi had tipped his effort onto a post to set up a Wembley rematch with Watford.


UNITED'S ROUTE
Sunday 13th March
Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United

Anthony Martial's late equaliser earned Manchester United an FA Cup quarter-final replay at West Ham United after Dimitri Payet's magnificent free-kick threatened to heap further misery on manager Louis van Gaal.

Payet's 68th-minute strike, curved high past United keeper David de Gea from 30 yards, looked to have put the Hammers on course for a semi-final at Wembley.

United, however, were revitalised by the introduction of Bastian Schweinsteiger for the struggling Marouane Fellaini and Martial ensured the teams would meet again at the Boleyn Ground with a far-post finish seven minutes from time.

Wednesday 13th April
West Ham United 1-2 Manchester United

Manchester United reached the FA Cup semi-final after overcoming the Hammers in a replay.

Marcus Rashford gave Louis van Gaal's men the lead in this quarter-final replay after 54 minutes by curling a magnificent finish into the top corner past Darren Randolph.

And when Marouane Fellaini bundled in Martial's cross 13 minutes later it looked all over - only for West Ham to mount a fierce siege in the closing minutes.

Visiting keeper David de Gea, who gave a virtuoso display, had already saved superbly from Michail Antonio when James Tomkins stooped bravely among flying footwear to head in and give West Ham hope with 11 minutes left.


GIANTKILLINGS

Arsenal's chances of winning a third successive FA Cup ended as they were beaten at the Emirates Stadium by Watford, with ex-Eagle Adlene Guedioura scoring a fine goal to secure the Hornets' spot in the final four after a 2-1 win.


CLINGING ON

Manchester United held onto their place in the competition by the skin of their teeth. Bastian Schweinsteiger was offside in the build-up to Anthony Martial's equaliser at Old Trafford, whereas West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate saw a goal chalked off in the dying stages in the replay for the same offense.


LOWEST RANKED TEAMS REMAINING

Reading were the only representative from outside the Premier League to reach the quarter-finals and were a few minutes away from taking Palace back to Selhurst Park for a replay before the Eagles finally found a late breakthrough.


PREMIER LEAGUE SURVIVORS
Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United.

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