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Chelsea gives Manchester City the first FA Cup defeat in THREE years and reserves the final against Arsenal

Chelsea give Manchester City their first FA Cup defeat in THREE years as they book Wembley against Arsenal next month

  • Erin Cuthbert, Melanie Leupolz and Beth England on target in a 3-0 win
  • Chelsea will play Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley on December 5
  • City had not lost a FA Cup game in three years when they lost to Chelsea
  • Gareth Taylor paid the price for numerous high-profile absences Sunday


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Manchester City and Chelsea can generally be relied upon to produce epic encounters filled with excitement, tension and drama.

But an eighth FA Cup semi-final between the two teams in seven years provided only a convincing 3-0 victory for the Blues.

Four days after Pep Guardiola’s team ended their dominance of the Carabao Cup, the City women suffered their first FA Cup defeat in three years. The last team to beat them? Chelsea.

Chelsea's Erin Cuthbert celebrates with her teammates after scoring on Sunday

Chelsea’s Erin Cuthbert celebrates with her teammates after scoring on Sunday

City expected the Cup to give them a boost after their dismal start to the women’s Super League season.

Gareth Taylor’s team is 11 points behind leaders Arsenal with just one win in their first five games. But it will be Emma Hayes’ team that will play the delayed 2020-2021 final at Wembley next month.

Chelsea weren’t at their best, but they didn’t need to be to beat a City team that still suffers from absences.

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes (left) said she was delighted to reach the FA Cup final.

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes (left) said she was delighted to reach the FA Cup final.

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes (left) said she was delighted to reach the FA Cup final.

“I’m delighted to get to Wembley,” Hayes said.

“ It’s the only day of the week that I just have to go down the road, to a football stadium, so I’m on the moon, it turns out that it is the largest and the home of national football.

“ When I was a kid, I always wanted to be there in some way, either as a fan, I never thought I would do it as a coach. Now that I’ve been there a few times, I just want to go and win. ‘

Taylor did not have nine first-team members for this game. Six are still injured, Georgia Stanway was suspended and Alanna Kennedy and Ruby Mace were ineligible. But despite all their difficulties, the hosts got off to a brilliant start and had opportunities to take the lead in the first 20 minutes.

Erin Cuthbert opened the scoring for Chelsea as they achieved a 3-0 win over City

Erin Cuthbert opened the scoring for Chelsea as they achieved a 3-0 win over City

Erin Cuthbert opened the scoring for Chelsea as they achieved a 3-0 win over City

Beth England (No.9) added a third as Chelsea gave City a first FA Cup loss in three years

Beth England (No.9) added a third as Chelsea gave City a first FA Cup loss in three years

Beth England (No.9) added a third as Chelsea gave City a first FA Cup loss in three years

Lauren Hemp, who has comfortably been City’s best player this season, was causing trouble down the left and her tricks and pace produced a cross near the post for Ellen White, but the forward’s first effort went wide.

While City looked dangerous on the wings, their vulnerability in defense continued to show and they went behind in the 23rd minute.

Erin Cuthbert ran away from Alex Greenwood to meet Guro Reiten’s corner, taking a bunt before firing a half volley that passed Karima Taieb at her nearest post. Cuthbert’s shot came close to the City goalkeeper, who was hit by sheer power.

If Taieb should have done better with the first goal, he was certainly to blame for the second. It should have been a routine save to avoid Melanie Leupolz’s shot, but she was only able to get the ball into the corner of the net.

Melanie Leupolz scored Chelsea's second with the help of goalkeeper Karima Taieb

Melanie Leupolz scored Chelsea's second with the help of goalkeeper Karima Taieb

Melanie Leupolz scored Chelsea’s second with the help of goalkeeper Karima Taieb

Taieb was to blame for Chelsea's first two goals, but he also made some important saves

Taieb was to blame for Chelsea's first two goals, but he also made some important saves

Taieb was to blame for Chelsea’s first two goals, but he also made some important saves

“We have to look at them again, but hopefully they will be saved,” Taylor said of the opening two goals. “ I was more worried about the first one where we disconnected defensively and you can’t do that against a team like Chelsea.

“It affected confidence, the two inning goals and it affected the team and it took us until halftime until we could come back.”

Despite two moments of horror, it was Taieb who took it upon himself to keep the score at 2-0 before the break with four impressive saves.

The first saw her block Sam Kerr’s shot with her legs before a reaction paused to deny Fran Kirby. He then managed to snatch Leupolz’s deflected header from the resulting corner.

Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor admitted that City conceded two bad goals on Sunday

Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor admitted that City conceded two bad goals on Sunday

Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor admitted that City conceded two bad goals on Sunday

There was another vital save early in the second half when he ducked down to save Cuthbert’s close-range effort. But with the damage already done, those saves counted for little, that’s the life of a goalkeeper.

Beth England compounded the City’s misery with a final third, heading off a Jessie Fleming cross in the 88th minute.

Chelsea beat City in the Women’s Super League by one point last season and are currently eight points ahead of Taylor’s side. They return to Academy Stadium in two weeks and another loss for City will end almost any hope of a title challenge.

‘Champions of England, we know what we are’, Chelsea fans sang throughout the 90 minutes and for the full time they chanted ‘que sera, sera’.

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