Manchester City secured victory over defending champions Chelsea, West Ham beat Reading on penalties in Women’s FA Cup semi-final

Manchester City Women v Chelsea Women - Women's FA Cup Semi Final

The current FA Cup holders Chelsea were up against the previous winners Man City, both teams looked strong and we're looking forward to returning to Wembley.

Manchester City sealed their spot in the Women's FA Cup final after Magdalena Eriksson's unfortunate own goal in added time saw them clinch a 1-0 win over Chelsea.

In the first half, Karen Bardsley pulled off a wonderful save to stop the visitors taking the lead at 15 minutes into the game. After Ramona Bachmann passed the ball to Fran Kirby, the Chelsea forward was in on goal, but the City 'keeper stood her ground and managed to block Kirby's shot with her foot.

Captain Steph Houghton was one of the City sides that won the FA Cup previously, she was on starting a team today. In the 35th minute, Steph leaped to head the ball to Tessa Wullaert, who in turn found Georgia Stanway. The City number 12 span and made room for a shot, but sadly just couldn't find the target.

The best chance of the first half came just a minute later when Nikita Parris took advantage of a mix up in the Chelsea defense and managed to take the ball round Ann-Katrin Berger before taking a shot from a tight angle which again fell short of the goal.

With a quarter of an hour left in the game, Chelsea hit the bar twice. With Erin Cuthbert free kick to Kirby, Kirby went for a diving header. She hit the bar, and a few minutes later it was Cuthbert's turn to have an effort on goal. Sophie Ingle chipped the ball across the City box and Cuthbert's hit the near post.

As the game approached the final stages, City started to find more weaknesses in behind the Chelsea defense. Janine Beckie replaced Caroline Weir and her fresh legs started causing problems for the visitors.

In the 93rd minute, City broke forward through Parris. She played the ball out wide to Stokes, who then took a shot towards the Chelsea back post. Eriksson attempted to clear the danger, but instead of clearing the ball away it landed into her own net for City to take a late lead!

Chelsea's best hope of title win this season now lies in the Champions League, with the first leg of their semi-final tie against French side Lyon taking place on Sunday, 21 April.

Emma Hayes described Magdalena Eriksson's own goal in added time as a "cruel" way to crash out of the FA Cup and hand Manchester City a Wembley date with West Ham.

Meanwhile, the hammers clinched a spot in the final for the first time after a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Reading at Adams Park following a 1-1 draw.

Rachel Furness impressive header gave Reading the lead in normal time but Alisha Lehmann prodded West Ham level.

Reading's Fara Williams who clipped the bar in the first half then hit the post with a penalty before firing a gilt-edged chance wide in injury time.

After extra time created no further goals, Cho So-Hyun scored the winning spot-kick to send West Ham to Wembley.

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