FA Cup semi-final draw: City await winners of Chelsea and United replay in last four
18:45 GMT, 10 March 2013
19:34 GMT, 10 March 2013
FA CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW
Millwall/Blackburn v Wigan
Manchester United/Chelsea v Manchester City
Ties to be played April 13/14
Manchester City will play either rivals Manchester United or fellow Barclays Premier League giants Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals.
The draw, conducted at Wembley immediately after United's 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford, pitched the eventual winners of the replay against City.
Millwall and Blackburn also drew earlier in the day and will replay on Wednesday, with the winner to face Wigan.
The semi-finals will be played at Wembley over the weekend of April 13 and 14.
Comeback: Chelsea came from 2-0 down against Manchester United at Old Trafford to force a replay
Crushing: Manchester City thrashed Barnsley 5-0 on Saturday evening to secure their spot in the semis
Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez was given
the first chance to respond to the eye-catching draw, but was unwilling
to look any further ahead than his side's replay against United.
'We have to think about the first game
and, afterwards, think about City,' he told ITV. 'It will be tough,
will be difficult, United are a great side.'
Javier Hernandez and Wayne
Rooney gave United a 2-0 lead inside 11 minutes at Old Trafford this
afternoon, but well-taken second-half goals from Eden Hazard and Ramires
earned Chelsea a replay.
City, in contrast, brushed off npower
Championship side Barnsley 5-0 yesterday as Carlos Tevez shrugged off
his latest off-field controversy to score a hat-trick and set up his
side's other two goals.
Wembley bound: Wigan will face either Millwall or Blackburn in the semis after beating Everton 3-0
Wigan produced arguably the
performance of quarter-final weekend to beat Everton 3-0 yesterday with
goals from Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez in less
than four minutes in the first half.
Millwall and Blackburn played out a
goalless draw at The Den, Andy Keogh hitting the post and Danny Shittu
stretching keeper Jake Kean with a 40-yard bolt from the blue as the
hosts created the better chances.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan described a
potential Wembley date with Blackburn as a 'dream' – and revealed he may
lead the team out himself.
Stalemate: Millwall and Blackburn will need a replay after a goalless draw at The Den on Sunday
As a player, Whelan played in the 1960
final for Rovers but saw his Wembley dream turn sour as a broken leg
forced him off before half-time.
'The dream is there,' he told Sky
Sports News. 'All Blackburn have got to do now is get through the replay
and my dream is on, I can go to Wembley and (we can) play against
'When you've been to Wembley and got
what I got, a broken leg and Rovers went on to lose 3-0, it's very
upsetting. I feel I've got unfinished business at Wembley.
'Roberto's asked me to lead them out at Wembley and if we get Blackburn, I may just say yes.'
Holders: Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup final last year and are on course for another trip to Wembley
Glory: Manchester City won the FA Cup in 2011 when they beat Stoke 1-0 in the final
McManaman is one of a host of fringe
players to have excelled in the Latics' cup run and Whelan said: 'Roberto's played his young boys – one of them, McManaman, scored a
great goal yesterday – so it's done us good all round.
'The performance they put on at
Everton was stunning, in the first half we played Everton off the park
and should've been four up.'
The run to the last four contrasts
with Wigan's seemingly annual struggle for Premier League survival,
which the pragmatic Whelan admits has to remain their priority.
'We have to stay in the top flight,
that's number one,' he said. 'But the FA Cup is still a fantastic trophy
and we've never been to a final.
'To win the cup and stay in the
league, that's the dream isn't it And to get to the Europa League,
that's unthinkable for Wigan Athletic. It would be wonderful.'