Mar 9, 2014, 2:05 PM EST
Just four teams remain in the FA Cup.
The semifinals will feature Arsenal, Hull City, League One’s Sheffield United, and the defending champions Wigan Athletic as Arsenal looks to avoid upsets against three clear underdogs with a chance to do something big.
Today, three more fixtures have locked in the semifinals for the event.
Sheffield United 2-0 Charlton Athletic
It was 0-0 for a while, but the Blades broke Charlton’s hearts with a pair of second-half goals from Ryan Flynn and Jay Brayford put Sheffield United through.
It’s another monumental win for new manager Nigel Clough, who took over a team in the League One relegation zone, and he not only has them 11th in the league, but now has a chance to make it to Wembley.
Hull City 3-0 Sunderland
Gus Poyet dropped Jozy Altidore again, this time due to a training ground injury, and the Black Cats were stomped by Hull City at KC Stadium. A trio of goals were bagged in quick succession, as Curtis Davies, David Meyler, and Matty Fryatt all scored within nine minutes, the last with 13 minutes left on the clock.
It also could have been worse, as Sone Aluko missed a penalty for the hosts in the first half.
Manchester City 1-2 Wigan Athletic
Yup, that happened. After securing the Capital One Cup a few weeks ago, it’s back to cup disappointment for the Sky Blues, as a Jordi Gomez penalty and a James Perch early-second-half score gave Wigan the victory.
Samir Nasri threaded the needle for a consolation after City made a triple substitution but it was not enough as Wigan defended admirably down the stretch as City poured on the pressure.
It only adds to the calamities at the back for Manuel Pellegrini, with rumors of City’s possible hands on deck for Sergio Ramos. Gael Clichy was beaten on the second Wigan goal, and once again Martin Demichelis is in the spotlight at the back conceding the first-half penalty.
The Wigan victory means Arsenal are the only big club to make the semifinals, and at least one smaller club will have the opportunity to take home a memorable piece of silverware from Wembley.
Arsenal vs Wigan Athletic
Hull City vs Sheffield United
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