A look at the heroes of the weekend’s FA Cup Quarter finals.
Swansea City 0-3 Tottenham
Hero – Érik Lamela
Who needs Harry Kane? Without their star striker, Spurs still cruised to a comfortable away win in the FA Cup Quarter finals. Tottenham’s attackers were dominant and dynamic. Lucas Moura was full of trickery, Christian Eriksen scored two goals, but Lamela’s performance was arguably the biggest positive for Mauricio Pochettino. Every time he got the ball, Lamela burst forward with purpose. The Argentinian set up Eriksen’s first goal and then scored a beauty of his own. It looks like he’s finally put his injury problems behind him.
Manchester United 2-0 Brighton
Hero - Nemanja Matíc
With the Paul Pogba-José Mourinho war continuing, it’s a good thing that Matić is in the best form of his Manchester United career. Playing alongside the impressive Scott McTominay, the Serbian is able to leave his own half once in a while. And Matić is no slouch when it comes to attacking. His first-time cross for Romelu Lukaku’s first goal was a touch of real class, and so was his header to secure the win. McTominay can learn a lot from Matić’s calm midfield presence.
Wigan Athletic 0-2 Southampton
Hero – Nathan Redmond
Mark Hughes seemed to save his first big team-talk for half-time. Wigan had the better of the first-half and it was only after the break that Saints really got going. With goals a problem, Hughes opted for 2 strikers and 2 attacking wingers. It was a bold formation that eventually reaped its reward. Sofiane Boufal was a threat on the left but his replacement Redmond was even better. His through-ball set up Manolo Gabbiadini’s penalty and then his chipped pass set up Cedric’s second goal. Southampton are going to need Redmond’s attacking intent in their relegation battle.
Leicester City 1-2 Chelsea
Hero – N’Golo Kanté
Leicester’s old star came back to haunt them in the FA Cup Quarter finals. At the heart of the Chelsea midfield, Kanté did all of his usual defensive dirty work. Then in extra-time, when his team needed a moment of match-winning quality, the Frenchman ventured forward. Spotting Pedro’s run into the box, Kanté curled an excellent cross into the danger zone. Kasper Schmeichel decided to come for it, but Pedro got there first. Game over, thanks to Chelsea’s most important player.
The FA Cup Semi-finals – Chelsea vs Southampton & Manchester United vs Tottenham