Sunday 09 March 2014
Hull City reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 1930 after three goals in nine second-half minutes sealed victory over Sunderland.
Sone Aluko missed a first-half penalty for Hull, after he had been fouled by Sebastian Larsson, but it did not prove costly as the Tigers dominated the second period.
Curtis Davies opened the scoring on 68 minutes when he headed home Tom Huddlestone's free-kick and four minutes later, David Meyler robbed the ball off Lee Cattermole before finishing off a solo counter-attack.
Victory was sealed with 13 minutes to go when Matty Fryatt pounced on Cattermole's loose pass to slot home from 12 yards out.
Hull will play Sheffield United at Wembley Stadium on 12 or 13 April after the League One side recorded a 2-0 win over Charlton Athletic at Bramall Lane and Hull manager Steve Bruce was delighted to reward the club's fans.
“Managers come and go, players come and go but I’ve already seen supporters who have been following this club for years and they can quite rightly be excited about the prospect of seeing their team play at Wembley in an FA Cup semi-final," Bruce said. “This is what the magic of the FA Cup is all about, so I hope they can save their pennies and travel in their thousands to what should be a terrific occasion against Sheffield United, a Yorkshire rival that has also had a wonderful run in this competition.
“I’m delighted for everybody concerned with this club and those that have supported this club for a very long time."
Holders Wigan Athletic booked a semi-final clash against Arsenal after they produced a stunning performance to defeat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
The Latics, who beat City in last year’s final, took the lead on 27 minutes when Jordi Gomez fired home from the penalty spot after Marc-Antoine Fortune had been brought down by Martin Demichelis.
Wigan, managed by former City striker Uwe Rosler, doubled their lead early in the second half when James McArthur broke down the left before pulling back for James Perch to tap home.
City brought on James Milner, Edin Dzeko and David Silva soon afterwards and the home side started to get a foothold in the match, with Dzeko hitting a post.
Samir Nasri pulled a goal back with a low drive on 68 minutes and despite piling on the pressure in the closing stages, Wigan held on for a memorable victory.
City will next focus on a UEFA Champions League last-16, second-leg tie against Barcelona on Wednesday, where they trail 2-0, before they look to reduce the nine-point lead that Chelsea have at the top of the Barclays Premier League when they play Hull on Saturday.
Saturday 8 March
Arsenal (Ozil, Arteta, Giroud 2) 4-1 Everton (Lukaku)
Sunday 9 March
Sheffield United (Flynn, Brayford) 2-0 Charlton Athletic
Hull City (Davies, Meyler, Fryatt) 3-0 Sunderland
Manchester City (Nasri) 1-2 Wigan Athletic (Gomez, Perch)
Ties to be played 12/13 April at Wembley Stadium
Arsenal v Wigan Athletic
Sheffield United v Hull City