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  • Reading keeper's error sees Arsenal reach FA Cup final

    Reading keeper's error sees Arsenal reach FA Cup final

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    Reading keeper's error sees Arsenal reach FA Cup final

    By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - FA Cup holders Arsenal were taken to extra time before a horrendous error by Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici brought the Championship side's dream to an end in a 2-1 semi-final defeat on Saturday. Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez snatched his second goal at the end of the first extra period to subdue the plucky second-tier strugglers, but his tame goalbound shot barely trickled over the line after being spilled by the devastated Federici. It was an unfortunate way …

  • Mourinho hails Chelsea's sparkling match-winner Hazard

    Mourinho hails Chelsea's sparkling match-winner Hazard

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    Mourinho hails Chelsea's sparkling match-winner Hazard

    By Tom Hayward LONDON, (Reuters) - Eden Hazard underlined his claims to be voted Player of the Year with another match-winning display as Premier League leaders Chelsea stormed 10 points clear with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United on Saturday. The Belgium winger provided an effortless finish in the 38th minute, side-footing the ball between the legs of keeper David de Gea from close range to grab his 13th league goal of the season. The 24-year-old Hazard has contributed eight goals and …

  • Van Gaal salutes United's dominant display in defeat

    Van Gaal salutes United's dominant display in defeat

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    Van Gaal salutes United's dominant display in defeat

    By Tom Hayward LONDON (Reuters) - Louis van Gaal described Manchester United's display in their 1-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday as their best of the season and said it gave him plenty to be optimistic about in the future. A 4-2 victory against champions and rivals Manchester City at a raucous Old Trafford last week was a performance akin to that of the glory days under Alex Ferguson and had fans optimistic of an imminent return to the top of the Premier League. The resurgent Reds arrived …

  • Wenger's joy after 'lucky' Arsenal reach FA Cup final

    Wenger's joy after 'lucky' Arsenal reach FA Cup final

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    Wenger's joy after 'lucky' Arsenal reach FA Cup final

    By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger conceded luck played a big part in deciding Saturday's FA Cup semi-final after 120 minutes against a Reading outfit fuelled with "ready to die" resilience. Few predicted the Championship side would put up much of a fight on Wembley's wide pitch that seemed perfectly-suited to Arsenal's mesmeric passing game. The match, which began as a drab spectacle and ended in a rip-roaring end-to-end contest, deserved better than to be …

  • Clarke defends goalkeeper Federici after extra-time howler

    Clarke defends goalkeeper Federici after extra-time howler

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    Clarke defends goalkeeper Federici after extra-time howler

    By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - Reading manager Steve Clarke and Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger sympathised with Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici whose horrendous mistake in extra time gifted Alexis Sanchez the winning goal in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday. Federici, who had had a fine game for the Championship underdogs making seven saves including one majestic stop from a Gabriel header in the second half, left the field in tears after Arsenal battled to a 2-1 win to reach a …