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Manchester United land Chelsea in FA Cup semi-finals

There will be a first-time finalist in the Women’s FA Cup this season after Leicester City and Tottenham were paired in the last four.

The other semi-final clash sees a repeat of last year’s final with defending champions Chelsea taking on Manchester United.

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Leicester advanced to this stage following a 2-0 win over Liverpool while Spurs required a penalty shoot-out to get past Manchester City.

Manchester United eased past Brighton 4-0 while Chelsea edged through against Everton 1-0.

The Blues remain in contention for a domestic and continental quadruple. Emma Hayes’ side are into the League Cup final, the quarter-finals of the Champions League and sit top of the Women’s Super League.

It’s Hayes’ final season in charge before she departs to take over as head coach of the United States Women’s national team.

The draw was made by former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown Finnis, who told BBC Radio 5 Live: “That is the perfect draw. Manchester United v Chelsea is a wonderful tie and that leaves the two teams that have not got this far in the competition before with the chance to make a first final.

“Chelsea are not playing Tottenham. I think that’s what the London-based clubs would have wanted with the final being at Wembley, where they would want to draw a capacity crowd.

“Manchester United have the chance of hosting [their tie against Chelsea] at home. Where is that going to be? Is it going to be at Leigh Sports Village [their regular home ground], is it going to be at Old Trafford?

“Hosting Chelsea, who have won the last three FA Cups, is a wonderful, wonderful tie.

“Then it leaves the other two teams [Tottenham and Leicester], who have never played in a final before, who have made history to get to this round.”

The games will take place across the weekend of Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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