After Manchester City’s quiet qualification on Saturday evening against Burnley, two Championship teams (English D2) faced off this Sunday for a place in the FA Cup semi-finals. Sheffield United, runners-up to the Clarets in the league, received Blackburn, fifth in the ranking of the antechamber of football across the Channel. First held in check at half-time, the Blades won at home against Rovers.
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Chilean striker Ben Brereton Diaz opened the scoring from the penalty spot after the first quarter of an hour (0-1, 21st), but his English teammate Sam Gallagher reset the counters by deceiving his own goalkeeper seven minutes later (1- 1, 28e). The unfortunate own scorer recovered and served Sammie Szmodics to allow the visitors to regain the advantage on the hour mark (1-2, 60th), before the Scottish Oliver McBurnie kept the local team in the race (2-2, 81st). Trained at Manchester City, Thomas Doyle offered victory to his team in added time and allowed Sheffield to play their first half since the 2013-2014 season, lost to Hull City (5-3).