The Women's FA Cup - Semi-Final
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Women's FA Cup semi-final: Manchester City Women 1-0 Chelsea Women

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How cruel is that? - Eriksson's injury-time own goal gifts Man City win

Magdalena Eriksson's inexplicable stoppage-time own goal sent Manchester City to the Women's FA Cup final at the expense of holders Chelsea.

Under no pressure whatsoever, Eriksson diverted Demi Stokes' hopeful cross past her own goalkeeper to book City a date with West Ham, who beat Reading.

Chelsea had enjoyed the better of the chances, with Fran Kirby and Erin Cuthbert both striking the woodwork.

But Eriksson's uncharacteristic late moment of madness sent City to Wembley.

Nick Cushing's side, who lifted the trophy in 2017, will now hope to add to their Women's League Cup triumph earlier this season.

That final at Bramall Lane was decided on penalties and it looked as though this last-four tie against Chelsea, who they had never previously beaten in this competition, was destined for a similar conclusion.

Nikita Parris squandered City's best opportunity before the break, dragging her effort wide when presented with an open goal, while Kirby was denied by a smart save by Karen Bardsley.

The Blues carried the greater threat after the break, with Kirby heading against the angle of post and bar and Cuthbert's low strike coming back off the foot of the woodwork.

But it was Eriksson's own goal in the first minute of injury time that eventually proved the difference, denying Chelsea a place in what would have been their fifth final.

Their best hope of silverware this season now lies in the Champions League, with the first leg of their semi-final tie against French side Lyon taking place on Sunday, 21 April.

Magdalena Eriksson
Eriksson could only watch as her heavy touch looped into the corner to send Manchester City into the final

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes told BBC One: "We controlled the game. We were confident throughout. We didn't get out of second gear most of the time.

"To have lost that way, for a player [Eriksson] who has been outstanding this year, I'm so gutted for her. It's a cruel way to lose a game.

"There are a million games she has kept us in this year. I will remind her of how wonderful she's been this year. We've been beaten by a cruel own goal."

Man City and England midfielder Jill Scott said: "It was crazy. It's a cruel way for the game to end.

"We're obviously ecstatic to be going to Wembley. It was an even game.

"I thought we were destined for extra time but I'm so happy we've got the win."

Line-ups

Man City Women

  • 1Bardsley
  • 23McManus
  • 6Houghton
  • 5Beattie
  • 3Stokes
  • 8Scott
  • 24Walsh
  • 25WullaertBooked at 60mins
  • 12StanwayBooked at 75mins
  • 19WeirSubstituted forBeckieat 69'minutes
  • 17ParrisSubstituted forBonnerat 90+7'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bonner
  • 9Bremer
  • 11Beckie
  • 15Hemp
  • 20Campbell
  • 22Emslie
  • 26Roebuck

Chelsea Women

  • 30Berger
  • 18Mjelde
  • 4Bright
  • 16ErikssonBooked at 90mins
  • 20Andersson
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 24SpenceSubstituted forJiat 86'minutes
  • 5IngleBooked at 17mins
  • 8Carney
  • 14Kirby
  • 23BachmannSubstituted forEnglandat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lindahl
  • 2Thorisdottir
  • 3Blundell
  • 7Carter
  • 10Ji
  • 11Riley
  • 15England
Attendance:
1,726

Match Stats

Home TeamMan City WomenAway TeamChelsea Women
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City Women 1, Chelsea FC Women 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City Women 1, Chelsea FC Women 0.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Gemma Bonner replaces Nikita Parris.

Delay in match Stephanie Houghton (Manchester City Women) because of an injury.

Booking

Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea FC Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea FC Women).

Attempt blocked. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Own Goal by Magdalena Eriksson, Chelsea FC Women. Manchester City Women 1, Chelsea FC Women 0.

Hand ball by Tessa Wullaert (Manchester City Women).

Attempt missed. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jennifer Beattie.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Ji So-Yun replaces Drew Spence.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Beth England replaces Ramona Bachmann.

Delay in match Abbie McManus (Manchester City Women) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Stephanie Houghton (Manchester City Women) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Georgia Stanway with a cross.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Sophie Ingle.

Attempt blocked. Stephanie Houghton (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tessa Wullaert.

Attempt blocked. Janine Beckie (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tessa Wullaert.

Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea FC Women) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Sophie Ingle.

Francesca Kirby (Chelsea FC Women) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert following a set piece situation.

Booking

Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women).

Sophie Ingle (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Manchester City Women. Nikita Parris tries a through ball, but Jill Scott is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Janine Beckie replaces Caroline Weir.

Caroline Weir (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Drew Spence (Chelsea FC Women).

Attempt missed. Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tessa Wullaert.

Attempt missed. Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Francesca Kirby.

Attempt saved. Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea FC Women) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Karen Carney with a cross.

Corner, Chelsea FC Women. Conceded by Demi Stokes.

Attempt blocked. Maren Mjelde (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Tessa Wullaert (Manchester City Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tessa Wullaert (Manchester City Women).

Francesca Kirby (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Chelsea FC Women. Conceded by Stephanie Houghton.

Attempt missed. Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea FC Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Karen Carney with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea FC Women. Conceded by Demi Stokes.

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