Manchester City 0-3 Chelsea: Blues into Women's FA Cup final

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Highlights: Chelsea beat Man City by three to reach the Women's FA Cup Final

Chelsea defeated Manchester City to reach the final of 2020-21 Women's FA Cup.

With a powerful strike from the edge of the box, Erin Cuthbert gave them the lead in the 23rd minute.

Five minutes later, Chelsea's lead was doubled by Melanie Leupolz. City couldn't clear the ball and she scored with an excellent low shot.

City, which won the tournament in 2017 and 2019, was able to concede a third place when Beth England brought home a Jessie Fleming crossed.

It was a great opportunity missed by the hosts when Ellen White's goal went unanswered.

The second semi-final will see Arsenal, Women's Super League leader, entertain Brighton at Meadow Park (16.45 GMT), in a game that you can catch on BBC Two. Coverage starts at 16:30.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic in November 2020, the last final was held behind closed doors at Wembley. However, this year's finale - which will be open to all - will take places at the stadium on Sunday 5 December.

Due to the pandemic, the competition was postponed by three months earlier in this year. This was the fifth time that these teams had met at the stage in seven years.

City, which is currently ninth in Women's Super League, has had a difficult few months. They were hampered by an injuries crisis that included Steph Houghton as captain, Lucy Bronze as Fifa Best Women's Player Lucy Bronze, and Karen Bardsley as goalkeepers.

City had to name five substitutes in this match, as opposed to nine for Chelsea's second-placed side in the WSL. Chelsea beat Juventus in their Champions League group match last year.

City began brightly, but White, England's record-breaking female goal scorer, couldn't shoot wide under pressure.

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes stated that she loved "epic games" against City, and her team took control after twenty minutes.

Aniek Nouwen shot wide, and Fran Kirby was denied the lead by Jill Scott's brilliant goal-saving challenge. Cuthbert's fine strike gave them the lead.

Leupolz added the second quickly, but Karima Taieb, home goalkeeper, should have done better. She was beaten at her nearpost.

Taieb was a credit to City with several fine saves to stop Sam Kerr and Kirby at point blank range and to deny Cuthbert and Chelsea her second and third.

Lauren Hemp twice opened the floodgates for the hosts but Chelsea held firm.

City suffered their worst home loss since 2014 when England's final header resulted in a 2-1 defeat. Hayes' team, FA Cup champions in 2015 and 2018, was sent back to Wembley.

Player of the Match: Melanie Leupolz, with an average 8.63 Man City Women Manchester City women Manchester City women

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