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FA Cup semifinal draw: Manchester City gets Brighton

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The all-Premier League semifinals of the FA Cup are set.

Manchester City’s next obstacle in pursuit of a quadruple is Brighton and Hove Albion, while seventh-place rivals Watford and Wolves will duel for the other spot in the FA Cup Final.

[ RECAP: Brighton beats Millwall in PKs ]

The semifinals will be played April 6, and the Final is May 18. All three matches will be played at Wembley Stadium.

This will be the first FA Cup Final without Manchester United, Chelsea, or Arsenal in the fixture since 2013, when Wigan Athletic stunned Man City 1-0 through a Ben Watson stoppage time goal.

FA Cup: Brighton comes back to beat Millwall in kicks (video)

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Jurgen Locadia and Solly Match scored for Brighton and Hove Albion, who came back from a two-goal deficit to force penalty kicks and advance past Millwall in the FA Cup quarterfinals on Sunday at The Den.

Aiden O’Brien and Alex Pierce scored second half goals for Millwall.

Brighton joins Manchester City, Watford, and Wolves in the semis at Wembley.

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Glenn Murray hit the cross bar with the first attempt of penalty kicks, and Millwall was ahead through Shaun Williams’ ensuing finish. But Mat Ryan stopped Mahlon Romeo’s fourth effort and it was level into the fifth set of takers. Jake Cooper missed Millwall’s sixth bid.

Pierce’s 70th minute header off a corner kick put the Lions in front before O’Brien, making his 200th appearance for Millwall, slotted from a Jed Wallace cross to make it 2-0 nine minutes later.

Locadia scored in the 88th minute to give the Seagulls a life line.

It took deep into stoppage time for Brighton to level the tie through March, whose hopeful cross was seen into the goal by Millwall goalkeeper David Martin.

He’d be needed, though, and was vigilant in extra time as Brighton ramped up its efforts to avoid the upset.

Former Newcastle United player Shane Ferguson was shown a red card in the 29th minute.

VAR could’ve been a talking point again when Brighton scored in the final moments of extra time, offside awarded when the Seagulls appeared to be in line with Millwall defense.

Premier League Club Power Rankings: Week 30

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Little has changed at the top, or the bottom, of the Premier League, but the middle of the table — and power rankings — is as tight as could be…

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20. Huddersfield Town — This is a side that is only still a PL club on a procedural technicality. Just give it time.
Last week: 19
Season high: 16
Season low: 20

19. Fulham — See above: Town, Huddersfield.
Last week: 20
Season high: 11
Season low: 20

18. Burnley — Now the eight-game unbeaten run (five wins) is over, it’s been three straight defeats. The Clarets are now just two points clear of the relegation zone (again).
Last week: 17
Season high: 13
Season low: 20

17. Cardiff City — The third side currently occupying a relegation place. The Bluebirds won last weekend, so they get a slight bump in power rankings. It wasn’t, however, enough to move them up in the real-life table.
Last week: 18
Season high: 13
Season low: 20

16. Southampton — Maintained a gap — two points — between themselves and Cardiff by coming back to beating third-place Tottenham.
Last week: 16
Season high: 13
Season low: 20

15. Crystal Palace — Recent form has been decent enough, but a loss to Brighton means they must sit at least one place below the Seagulls in this week’s power rankings.
Last week: 11
Season high: 6
Season low: 17

14. Brighton and Hove Albion — Indeed, Brighton sit one place above Palace. Following back-to-back wins, Chris Hughton‘s side is now five points clear of the drop zone.
Last week: 15
Season high: 9
Season low: 19

13. Bournemouth — Took the free space on their bingo card by beating Huddersfield, snapping a five-game unbeaten run (four losses) in the process.
Last week: 12
Season high: 6
Season low: 14

12. Everton — Just one win in their last six league games (four losses), and the Toffees are teetering on the brink of a freefall (down the power rankings, at least).
Last week: 10
Season high: 5
Season low: 15

11. Newcastle United — Returned to winning ways by knocking off Everton and have won three of four. Remember when we were talking about the Magpies and relegation in the same breath? Well, not us, but everyone else?
Last week: 14
Season high: 11
Season low: 19

10. Leicester City — 10th in the real-life table, 10th in the power rankings. Similarly to Bournemouth, beating Fulham isn’t anything to write home about.
Last week: 13
Season high: 7
Season low: 13

9. West Ham United — With the two sides directly in front of them in the table dropping points last week, the Hammers could have gained ground on 8th and 7th. Instead, they lost 2-0 to a relegation battler.
Last week: 8
Season high: 6
Season low: 20

8. Wolves — Results have turned poor(er) in recent weeks — just one win from their last five games — but maintaining early- and mid-season form for an entire campaign was never that likely to begin with.
Last week: 9
Season high: 5
Season low: 13

7. Watford — Hard to punish anyone for losing away to Man City in their current form, and it required some… uh… extenuating circumstances at that.
Last week: 7
Season high: 4
Season low: 14

6. Spurs — Panic-button time at White Hart Lane Wembley Stadium the soon-to-be new White Hart Lane. Zero wins from their last four (three losses), and their 10-point lead on Arsenal and Manchester United is now just one and three points, respectively. As it turns out, signing no new players and proceeding to run the current players into the ground all season is a bad strategy.
Last week: 5
Season high: 2
Season low: 8

5. Chelsea — Things have stabilized a bit since the embarrassing defeat to Man City, but the Blues still sit sixth in the real-life table, three points out of the Champions League places.
Last week: 4
Season high: 1
Season low: 7

4. Manchester United — The defeat to Arsenal was the first PL setback under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but it was a big one.
Last week: 3
Season high: 3
Season low: 14

3. Arsenal — Have the Gunners turned the corner under Unai Emery? They don’t have a single top-six side between now and the end of the season.
Last week: 5
Season high: 2
Season low: 9

2. Liverpool — Back to winning ways against Burnley, but the one point by which they trail Man City looms large.
Last week: 1
Season high: 1
Season low: 4

1. Manchester City — Six straight victories. Just one defeat in their last 11 league games. This is the record-setting, title-winning side of a year ago. They’ve clearly left themselves a thin margin for error, but make no mistake: they are the favorites once again.
Last week: 2
Season high: 1
Season low: 3

What did we learn on a wild Premier League Saturday? (video)

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The seven Premier League games on Saturday delivered so many incredible moments, as we had comeback wins, top teams falling, controversy and plenty of strugglers bagging big wins.

Days like today are exactly why we love the Premier League.

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Here is a look at what we learned.


SPURS IN TOP FOUR TROUBLE

Tottenham suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Southampton as they’ve now lost three of their last four games and are without a Premier League win since beating Leicester City on Feb. 10. Mauricio Pochetttino, watching on from the stands due to his current touchline ban, lambasted his players for failing to respect Saints. Spurs were superb in the first half and should have been at least 3-0 up with Harry Kane and Dele Alli ripping Saints apart. Instead they were only 1-0 up and were then totally outfought in the second half and paid the price.

With sixth-place Chelsea now just five points behind third-place Spurs, they are losing serious ground in their top four battle and still have to play at Liverpool and Man City. From the cusp of being in the title race, Spurs have crumbled and are now in real danger of not being in the UEFA Champions League next season.

“It is good because a lot of people now are going to realize our real level,” Pochettino said, before adding. “We are fighting against big sides (for the top four). We had a big gap, that maybe wasn’t real, now welcome to the reality. We are under going to be under pressure to win games. It is a massive challenge for us to keep our position.”


STERLING LEADS CITY, BUT NOT WITHOUT CONTROVERSY

Raheem Sterling‘s hat trick extended Man City’s lead atop the Premier League table to four points, but the 3-1 win against Watford didn’t come without controversy. The crucial first goal arrived less than 45 seconds into the second half but it was originally ruled out for offside, then it was allowed due to a strange perception of the offside rule. That could be a huge moment in the season, as City were struggling to break Watford down. Pep Guardiola‘s side were not at their best and that is expected as they are without Fernandinho, John Stones and Kevin De Bruyne, three players who are key to how they operate.

City took care of business, with a little help from the officials, and now it is over to Liverpool who host Burnley at Anfield on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp‘s men now know that any slip up will hand Man City an even greater advantage in the title race. The pressure is on.


COMEBACKS, GLORIOUS COMEBACKS

Southampton’s comeback win against Tottenham stole the headlines, but Newcastle also launched a marvellous comeback as they beat Everton at St James’ Park 3-2. Rafael Benitez’s side dug deep to fight back from 2-0 down as they also had a penalty kick saved in the first half moments before going 2-0 down.

The belief Newcastle showed to drag themselves back into the game was sublime and, just like Saints, the kind of momentum they will gain from this comeback win will be vital as so many teams battle to stay in the Premier League. At this point of the season sealing a comeback win can be even more important than grabbing three points. The resilience teams are showing at the bottom of the table is incredible, with the likes of Saints, Newcastle and Brighton standing tall. Add in Burnley and Cardiff scrapping away and there are still so many twists and turns remaining in the battle against the drop.


RELEGATION BATTLERS STAND TALL

It is not often Brighton, Saints, Newcastle and Cardiff have won games this season. So it was extremely surprising they all grabbed wins on the same day. Brighton dug deep and delivered a massive away win in the M23 at derby, with Anthony Knockaert‘s stunning goal worthy of winning any game. Glenn Murray had given the Seagulls the lead and Crystal Palace were never at the races. Saints’ win was incredibly unexpected, while Newcastle and Cardiff took care of business at home. All in all, the relegation battle is more muddled than it was before the day kicked off.

Just six points separates Cardiff in 18th and Palace in 14th, and the likes of Cardiff, Brighton and Palace have tough run ins compared to others at the bottom. Fulham and Huddersfield are basically down, while six teams are fighting to stay out of the final relegation spot. Pick one from: Cardiff, Burnley, Southampton, Brighton, Palace and Newcastle.


WILSON, TIELEMANS, RONDON ARE BALLERS

There are some players who are on teams outside of the top six who sometimes do not get the respect they deserve. A few of them stole the show on Saturday. Wilfried Zaha usually falls into this category but he struggled for Palace against Brighton, but Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson was brilliant on his return from injury. Wilson hasn’t played since mid-January for Bournemouth, but he returned with a goal and an assist in their win at Huddersfield and was a constant menace. You can bet that Wilson will be called into the England squad for the upcoming internationals and the PL’s big boys will be sniffing around him this summer.

As for Youri Tielemans, he continues to go from strength to strength in the Premier League. The Belgian midfielder is only on loan from Monaco and Leicester will want to sort that out sharpish as he scored the first and oozed class throughout their 3-1 win against Fulham. Brendan Rodgers loves to have a ball-playing central midfielder who makes things happen and Tielemans fits the bill. And then there is Salomon Rondon at Newcastle. The Venezuelan striker rarely gets the headlines, but he has quietly scored eight goals this season for the Magpies and their entire attacking unit is better when he is fit and playing. Rondon won Newcastle a penalty kick, scored the goal which sparked their amazing comeback and bullied Everton’s defense. For the likes of Miguel Almiron, Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Perez to flourish, Rondon has to be the focal point.

Brighton stun Crystal Palace with derby win (video)

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  • Knockaert scores superb winner
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Brighton & Hove Albion beat bitter rivals Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park on Saturday, as Anthony Knockaert scored an incredible late winner in the M23 derby.

Glenn Murray (who was supposed to start on the bench but Florin Andone‘s injury meant he came into the team) opened the scoring against his former club, but Luka Milivojevic scored a penalty kick to make it 1-1 early in the second half.

Knockaert then delivered the win, as Brighton now have 33 points and are level on points with Crystal Palace. The Seagulls and Eagles are now eight points above the drop zone.

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Early on plenty of challenges were flying in as Knockaert and Yves Bissouma both caught Milivojevic, with the former lucky to not be sent off.

Michy Batshuayi had a shot from distance which was deflected and Mat Ryan saved, with Palace pressing hard.

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Brighton took the lead totally against the run of play, as a long ball over the top wasn’t dealt with by James Tomkins and Murray came back to haunt his former team once again with a fine volleyed finish.

Zaha was then denied by a brilliant last-ditch tackle from Lewis Dunk as Palace cranked through the gears before half time but couldn’t grab an equalizer.

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At the start of the second half Palace were handed a great opportunity to get back in the game as Davy Propper dangled out his leg and brought Andros Townsend down in the box to give away a penalty kick.

Despite gusty winds knocking the ball off the penalty spot, Milivojevic stepped up and slotted the spot kick home to make it 1-1.

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The game then turned into a scrappy encounter which Palace dominated, but just like the first half Brighton hit them with a hammer blow.

A long ball out to the right found Knockaert and he then cut inside and curled a magnificent effort off the far post and in. The Frenchman was then subbed off as it was his final touch of the game and it was a goal worthy of winning any game.

Jeffrey Schlupp volleyed a tough chance over late on as Palace tried to grab an equalizer, but Brighton held on for a massive win which significantly boosts their survival hopes.