Sheffield United’s downturn continued at Bramall Lane.
Arsenal reached their first domestic semi-final of the post- Arsene Wenger period as Sheffield United‘s downturn continued in the FA Cup with a 2-1 away win at Bramall Lane.
Prior to the curtailment of football due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Blades might have been favourites to advance however they have actually been remarkably bad because the resumption, now losing 3 of their 4 matches in all competitions.
Nicolas Pepe‘s first-half penalty looked like it would be all that separated the sides however late drama saw David McGoldrick equalise, prior to alternative Dani Ceballos won it for the Gunners in injury time.
Congratulations, @Arsenal #EmiratesFACup semi-finalists yet once again! pic.twitter.com/p1TyGdqgGR
— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) June 28, 2020
It saw Arsenal make a domestic cup semi-final for the first time because Wenger left the club in 2018 and keeps alive probably the Gunners’ best possibility of European football next season, with their Premier League form suffering.
For Chris Wilder‘s men, their campaign is threatening to blow over following much pledge prior to the lockdown.
After a sluggish start to the match, the Blades believed they had actually taken the lead after 8 minutes following a duration of pressure which yielded 2 corners.
John Lundstram headed into the net from essentially on the goal- line from the second of those corners after Oli McBurnie had actually nodded the ball back throughout goal however VAR properly ruled it out for offside.
Quickly later on, another set-piece triggered panic in the Arsenalbox A long, flat throw-in from Jack Robinson was snapped on by McBurnie and McGoldrick was inches far from turning the ball in at the far post.
Arsenal lastly grew into the tie however it was still against the run of play when they took the lead midway through the first half.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 28, 2020
Chris Basham unnecessarily went through the back of Alexandre Lacazette in attempting to pinch the ball from the Gunners striker simply inside the area and Pepe made no error with the resulting penalty, shooting his spot- kick hard into the bottom corner of the net.
It was the forward’s 8th goal of the season because his ₤72 million arrival at the club last summer.
Ponderous and pedestrian in their accumulation play prior to the goal, Arsenal’s tails were now up and just a great one-handed save from Dean Henderson, coming down to his left by the post, rejected Pepe a second goal of the afternoon.
Oliver Norwood worked Emiliano Martinez right before half- time with a curling 20- lawn effort, which the goalkeeper held well, prior to Pepe went close once again, guiding the ball broad from Kieran Tierney‘s cut-back down the left side of the area.
56′ Egan has the ball in the Arsenal net however it’s eliminated for offside.
It goes to VAR and the on-field decision stands.
#SUFC 0– 1 #AFC ⚪ pic.twitter.com/CafBlIFAdu
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) June 28, 2020
The Blades regrouped at the break and started the second half well. Henderson’s wind-assisted goal kick nearly ashamed Martinez who, backpedalling anxiously, needed to assist the ball over the crossbar, prior to the hosts had another goal eliminated for offside by VAR.
On the hour mark, a terrific cross from Robinson left wing was headed broad by Basham at the far post from 6 yards out.
Wilder’s side were not doing not have endeavour or effort however that bit of quality in the final 3rd of the pitch avoided them as they were not able to turn their second-half supremacy into a goal.
Nevertheless, they made the development their efficiency should have with 3 minutes staying as McGoldrick turned the ball home following another long toss.
@DaniCeballos46 #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/U4DB6TiYq1
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 28, 2020
The Blades’ first goal because football resumed looked like taking the tie into extra time however Ceballos rolled his shot underneath Henderson from a tight angle to send Arsenal through.