The FA Cup took centre stage this weekend with Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, and Manchester City and Arsenal playing out a pair of thrilling semifinals.
Victor Moses was a lively presence down the right flank for the Pensioners as they rode out the storm against Victor Wanyama’s Spurs to win 4-2, with the Nigeria wideman winning a penalty late in the first half after a reckless tackle from Son Heung-Min.
In the other semi, Yaya Toure delivered one of his finest performances of the season and contributed an assist, but was unable to help City avoid an extra-time defeat by Arsenal at Wembley.
Kelechi Iheanacho was introduced as a substitute but was ineffectual for Pep Guardiola’s side.
In Premier League action, Jeffrey Schlupp shone and Wilfred Zaha also played as Crystal Palace stunned Liverpool and Joel Matip 2-1 at Anfield to significantly dent the Reds’ top four aspirations.
By contrast, Eric Bailly was a rock in the heart of the defence as Manchester United won 2-0 away at Burnley to boost their hopes of returning to the continent’s top table next season.
At the bottom of the table, Alfred N’Diaye and Ahmed Elmohamady have given Hull City a fighting chance of beating the drop with a 2-0 win at home against Watford, despite Oumar Niasse’s early red card.
They remain level on points with Jordan Ayew’s Swansea, with the Ghana forward contributing an assist in a 2-0 victory over Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium.
By contrast, Middlesbrough and Rudy Gestede are staring relegation right in the face after they were demolished 4-0 at Bournemouth, with lone hitman Benik Afobe adding the Cherries’ second.
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