England Cup: Defending champions Arsenal and Manchester United to the fourth round


London – Arsenal, the defending champion, needed the second half of an extension to settle their confrontation with Newcastle 2-0 in the third round of the England Cup for soccer, while Manchester United also reached the fourth round by defeating at home to Watford, first-class “Chamiounsip”, with an orphan goal.
Emil Smith Rowe (109) and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (117) scored the two goals for the London club.
The Gunners team won the title last season in the final at the expense of its neighbor and rivals Chelsea, boosting its record for the number of titles in the most prestigious competition in the country (14).
The Spanish coach, Mikel Arteta, included a line-up of starting points and substitutes, as the team is going through a distinguished period in the league after a slow start with three consecutive victories, where he kept Obamyang, while Smith Row, the brilliant young Bocayo Saca, French Alexandre Lacazette and Swiss Granit Chaka from the bench entered later. Replacements.
After Arsenal imposed its hegemony on the first half without serious chances, the second was tied between the two parties without success in rocking the net and the most dangerous opportunities were for the guests through Andy Carroll passed by the post.
Smith Roe escaped from dismissal in stoppage time, which would have forced Arsenal to contest the extension with ten players, after the referee retracted the red card he was most famous for, contenting himself with the yellow, after returning to the video assistant referee, “VAR” after the Englishman committed a mistake on one of the opponent’s players.
The chances of Arsenal dominating the two additional periods, and succeeded in scoring the first goal through Smith Roe after Saca raised the ball to Lacazette, who entered the 105th minute, on the outskirts of the region, he headed it to the Englishman who housed it (109).
Aubameyang settled the score after a cross by Kieran Tierney from the left side on the goalpost (117).
Manchester United reached the second most-crowned team in the competition (12), as well, in the fourth round, by defeating at home to Watford, first class, with a goal by Scott McTominay orphan.
The Norwegian coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer included a relatively supportive squad, keeping many of his key players on the bench, most notably Portuguese Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, French Anthony Martial and captain Harry Maguire.
And United entered the match after leaving the League Cup semi-final on Wednesday at the hands of its neighbors and rivals Manchester City with two clean goals.
McTominay scored the only goal from a header after a corner from Brazilian Alex Telles to keep United’s hopes of winning the title for the first time since 2016, knowing that he was eliminated from the semi-finals of last season against Chelsea.
United will be able to rise to the top of the Premier League if immediately, on Tuesday, against Burnley in a postponed match from the first stage, before its upcoming match with its eternal rivals Liverpool on the 17th of this month.
In another match, Leicester City reached the fourth round, with four goals against Stoke City, first class.
Leicester owes the win to James Justin (34), Mark Albrighton (59), Spain’s Iuse Pires (79) and Harvey Barnes (81).
The 2016 England champion offers outstanding levels this season, as it ranks third in the league and hosts Southampton on the sixteenth of the current season.
Leicester is considered the most teams to reach the Cup final without winning it, reaching it four times, the last of which was in 1969.
Northern Irish coach Brandon Rodgers included a strong squad in a competition that coaches see as an opportunity to rest some players, especially in light of the crowded schedule, as he made only two changes to the squad that started the match in a 2-1 victory against Newcastle in the league on Sunday, as scorer Jamie Vardy, James Madison and Knapp rested About them Peres and the Belgian Donny Praier.
Justin opened the scoring with a wonderful goal when he hit a powerful ball with his right from the left side from outside the area, which settled in the upper left corner of the goalkeeper Joseph Borsik (34).
Leicester doubled its lead after the Belgian Yuri Telemens passed a beautiful ball behind the defenders and reached Albrighton on the outskirts of the region, penetrated into it, dodging the defender with his right, before he shot his left in the goal (54).
The guests imposed their dominance in front of Stoke, who fell to the first division at the end of the 2017-2018 season after ten seasons in the top flight, and scored the third when Brayer passed a ball from the right side inside the area to his compatriot Timothy Castein before the latter passed to Peres unmarked, housed in the net (79 ).
Leicester ended the goals festival when the Stoke defense dispersed a cross from Justin into the area to prepare for Barnes, who placed it in the net (81).
Everton also narrowly reached the fourth round, by defeating at home to Rotherham, first class, after the extension.
Turkish Genk Towson (9) and Malian Abdoulaye Doukoure (93) scored the two goals of “Toviz” after American Matthew Olosunde equaled the guests (56).
The Italian coach, Carlo Ancelotti, had a relatively generous line-up, while Colombian James Rodriguez was a key player in the competition after he entered as a substitute in the defeat against West Ham in the league on the first day of the new year after he was absent for a period due to injury. – (AFP)


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