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Manchester City bounced back from ceding their Premier League crown to Liverpool to remain on course for a cup treble by beating Newcastle 2-0 to move into the FA Cup semifinals on Sunday.

City will face Arsenal at an empty Wembley in the last four next month after the Gunners struck in stoppage time to beat Sheffield United 2-1.

Chelsea were 1-0 victors at Leicester thanks to Ross Barkley’s winner to set up a semifinal clash with Manchester United.

Kevin De Bruyne’s penalty and a stunning strike from Raheem Sterling got City back to winning ways on Tyneside after a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in midweek crowned Liverpool champions for the first time in 30 years.

Pep Guardiola’s men were utterly dominant before the break, but had to wait until Gabriel Jesus was pushed by Javier Manquillo inside the box eight minutes before halftime for De Bruyne to break the deadlock.

City’s eighth league defeat of the season in midweek again exposed the defensive deficiencies they have to solve if they are to add the club’s first ever Champions League and another FA Cup to the League Cup they retained in March.

Dwight Gayle missed a glorious opportunity to bring Newcastle level as the substitute somehow fired over Allan Saint-Maximin’s cross with practically the hosts’ first chance of the game.

However, City possess plenty of firepower at the other end and moments later Sterling cut inside to curl into the bottom corner from outside the box to kill the tie as a contest.

CHANGES AWAKEN CHELSEA

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard made six changes to the team that beat City and was nearly made to pay by a very slow start from his side at the King Power.

Harvey Barnes, Wilfred Ndidi and Jonny Evans wasted chances for Leicester as Lampard could be heard bellowing “liven up” at his sloppy stars.

Christian Pulisic had scored in each of Chelsea’s first two games since the restart and the United States winger led their response with a fierce strike that Kasper Schmeichel tipped over.

Lampard still wasn’t satisfied and sent on Barkley, Mateo Kovacic and Cesar Azpilicueta at halftime.

Chelsea instantly looked more vibrant after the changes, with Kovacic dominating in midfield.

Pressing harder and breaking with purpose, Chelsea took the lead in the 63rd minute.

“It is a learning experience. I could have taken more off. I am not pulling those out on their own,” Lampard said after hauling off Mason Mount, Reece James and Billy Gilmour.

“They will be top players for this club and have top careers. But if I have to do something in games I will do it. They will take it on the chin.

“We are fortunate they didn’t take those chances. All the subs, in their own way, livened up the performance.”

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At Bramall Lane, Dani Ceballos fired Arsenal into semifinals just as the Blades were smelling blood in Sheffield.

Nicolas Pepe put Mikel Arteta’s men ahead with a first-half penalty after Chris Basham fouled Alexandre Lacazette.

United had two goals ruled out for offside by VAR either side of Pepe’s penalty and Basham also headed a huge chance wide.

The hosts finally got their reward when David McGoldrick equalised with three minutes left before Emiliano Martinez produced a fine save to deny Billy Sharp a winner.

But in the first minute of stoppage time, Arsenal broke and on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Ceballos slotted low past Dean Henderson from a narrow angle.

Former City assistant manager Arteta will now face his old boss Guardiola on the weekend of July 18 and 19.

“This is a difficult place to get a win. We are back at Wembley. I am really happy with the attitude and performance of the players,” Arteta said.

“It is a great opportunity to try and win a title and play in Europe.”

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PSG to prepare for UCL, cup finals with Le Havre friendly

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Paris Saint-Germain announced on Wednesday they will play a friendly against second-tier Le Havre in front of up to 5 000 fans to prepare for the Champions League last eight tournament and two domestic cup finals.

PSG returned to training last month ahead of a French Cup final against Saint-Etienne on 24 July, a League Cup decider with Lyon a week later and the European competition in Lisbon beginning on 12 August.

The Le Havre fixture on 12 July will be PSG’s first match since the Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund in mid-March, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ligue 2 side’s Stade Oceane will be able to hold 5 000 spectators with the French government set to ease restrictions on sporting and cultural events from 11 July.

The French title-holders are set to start the defence of their Ligue 1 crown on the weekend of 22 August and are expected to play two further pre-season friendlies.

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Marseille sign Pape Gueye

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Marseille announced the signing of defensive midfielder Pape Gueye on a free transfer from Le Havre on Wednesday after he backed out of a move to Premier League side Watford.

The former France under-19 international had been set to join the Hornets on a five-year deal, but Gueye said last month he would not move to England due to alleged irregularities in the agreement.

Watford announced in April Gueye had signed a pre-contract agreement with the club.

Gueye, 21, instead penned a four-year contract with Marseille before joining his new teammates at a training camp in Portugal.

He made 25 appearances for Le Havre in Ligue 2 this season before the campaign was declared over in April due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Gueye is Marseille’s first new arrival of the summer. The club has also tied down defender Alvaro Gonzalez to a three-year deal following a successful spell on loan from Villarreal.

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Gomes leaves Man United after rejecting new contract

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Highly-rated young attacking midfielder Angel Gomes has left Manchester United after rejecting a new contract offer, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

Gomes worked his way through the ranks to become the first player born in the 2000s to represent United, making his debut against Crystal Palace at the end of 2016-17 season.

But the 19-year-old struggled for regular first-team opportunities under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, featuring in six matches across all competitions this season.

Chelsea have been linked with Gomes in British media reports but their manager Frank Lampard has dismissed suggestions his club made a lucrative offer for the player.

“I can elaborate to the point that it’s never been mentioned on my end. That’s it,” Lampard said.

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