Penalties it is between West Ham and Reading….
From Saturday’s big paper, Simon Hattenstone’s interview with England manager Pippin Neville.
The other game, between Reading and West Ham, has ten minutes left to play in extra-time. Penalties are looming.
Kevin McKenna on Scotland’s historic defeat of Brazil.
And here, a tad belatedly, is the Chelsea team.
Here’s the Manchester City team.
Reading and West Ham have gone to extra time in the other game, with the scores locked at 1-1, and Reading missed a late penalty.
With the greatest of respect to West Ham and Reading, playing in the other semi-final, the winner of this game can expect to lift this season’s trophy. For Chelsea, the holders, there is the chance to close off one half of last season’s domestic double, with their title challenge having been surrendered, though they are in the Champions League semis, which would appear to be the priority. For City, there is a chance of a treble this season, with them being very much in the title race, and face Arsenal on the last day for what may well be a a decider. They have already collected the Continental Tyres Cup by winning 4-2 on penalties against Arsenal. They also won this trophy in 2017.
So, plenty on the table for two evenly matched teams. Manchester City, as home team, and with a decent recent record against Chelsea, have to be favourites, though did lose this match at the semi-final stage last year. And this is the one they want, according to Keira Walsh, who spoke to the BBC this week.
She said: “The league is in Arsenal’s hands now. We have to wait for Arsenal to slip up and they’re a top team so we’re not holding out for that. We’re concentrating on what we can do. The FA Cup is the one we’re all going to focus on at the minute. This is the trophy that we’ve spoken about trying to bring back to Manchester.”
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