CUP FUTBOL

A Basque derby final. Ajax and Liverpool failing to impress. PSG on to another one. Coppa Italia postponed. – Domestic Cup football over then week.

Domestic Cup football from Europe’s top 5 leagues.

The stage is set for the finals in the Coupe de France, in the Copa del Rey, and in the KNVB Cup
Liverpool are knocked out of the FA Cup at the 5th Round.
A Basque Derby final in the Copa del Rey.
Paris St. Germain returns to the Coupe de France final.
Coppa Italia semi final second-leg matches were postponed.
Ajax missed out on the KNVB Cup final.
Bayern Munich stays in the DFB-Pokal for their 20th title in the competition.

English FA Cup – Round 5


Chelsea knocked out Liverpool from the cup competition to hand Liverpool a consecutive defeat in all competitions.

Bill Sharp scored in extra time to see Sheffield United progress at the expense of Readings.

Miguel Almiron opened the scoring with two goals but it was Valentino Lazaro’s goal in the 47th-minute that secured a victory for Newcastle against West Brom.

Leicester City needed a late goal to beat Birmingham. Manchester City gets a narrow win at Sheffield Wednesday to advance. Norwich comes from behind to send the game to penalties; where they ended up knocking out Tottenham from the FA Cup, and Manchester United get three goals in Derby to move on to join the party in the quarterfinal stage.

March 2, 2020
Portsmouth 0-2 Arsenal
Arsenal – Sokratis Papastathopoulos 45’ Edward Nketiah 51’

March 3, 2020
Chelsea 2-0 Liverpool
Chelsea – Willian 13’ Ross Barkley 64’

Reading 1-2 (aet) Sheffield United
Reading – George Puscas 43’(pen)
Sheffield United – David McGoldrick 2’ Billy Sharp 105’

West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Newcastle
West Bromwich Albion – Matthew Philips 74’ Kenneth Zohore 90’
Newcastle – Miguel Almiron 33’ 45’ Valentino Lazaro 47’

March 4, 2020
Leicester City 1-0 Birmingham
Leicester City – Ricardo Pereira 82’

Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Manchester City
Manchester City – Sergio Aguero 53’

Tottenham 1-1 (2-3 pen.) Norwich
Tottenham – Jan Vertonghen 13’
Norwich – Josip Drmic 78’

March 5, 2020
Derby 0-3 Manchester United
Manchester United – Luke Shaw 33’ Odion Ighalo 41’ 70’

FA Cup – Quarterfinals Fixtures
Leicester City vs Chelsea
Newcastle vs Manchester City
Norwich vs Manchester United
Sheffield United vs Arsenal

German DFB Pokal


In the German Cup, Saarbrucken is the only team from the second division in the semi finals. It is no surprise that they are the least decorated team in the competition. .

It couldn’t be an all-Top division semifinal. Fortuna Dusseldorf were knocked out of the competition by Saarbrucken after penalties.

Joshua Kimmich’s goal sent Bayern Munich on to defend the title.

Bayer Leverkusen came from a goal down to grab three goals after the 70th-minute mark against a stubborn Union Berlin.

Frankfurt took a late lead into the second-half and doubled it on the hour mark to knock out Werder Bremen.

March 3, 2020
Saarbrücken 1-1 (7-6 on pens) Fortuna Düsseldorf
Saarbrücken – Tobias Jänicke 31’
Fortuna Düsseldorf – Mathias Jorgensen 90’

Schalke 0-1 Bayern Munich
Bayern – Joshua Kimmich 40’

March 4, 2020
Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Union Berlin
Bayer Leverkusen – Karim Bellarabi 72’ Charles Aranguiz 86’ Moussa Diaby 90+2’
Union Berlin – Marcus Ingvartsen 39

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 Werder Bremen
Eintracht Frankfurt – Andre Silva 45+6’ (pen) Daichi Kamada 60’

The Semifinalists
Saarbrücken
Bayern Munich
Bayer Leverkusen
Eintracht Frankfurt

Coppa Italia – postponed
March 4, 2020
Juventus vs AC Milan

March 5, 2020
Napoli vs Inter Milan

Spanish Copa del Rey – Semifinals


We expected a Basque Derby final after the first leg of the semifinal and Granada threatened that for sometime in the second leg match against Athletic Club.

Real Sociedad and Athletic Club survived the two legged semifinal to set up a Basque Derby finale for the 2020 Copa del Rey.

March 4, 2020
Mirandés 0-1 Real Sociedad (1-3 on agg.)
Real Sociedad – Mikel Oyarzabal 41’(pen)

March 5, 2020
Granada 2-1 Athletic Club (2-2 on agg.)
Granada – Carlos Fernandez 48’ Germain Sanchez 76’
Athletic Club – Yuri Berchiche 81’

FINAL
Real Sociedad vs Athletic Club

 

 

Coupe de France – Semifinals


To stop Paris St. Germain from taking back the trophy, Saint-Etienne will be asked to do something they’ve not done since 1977; win the Coupe de France title.

Paris St. Germain will be making an appearance in the Coupe de France final for the 6th successive year.
Losing the final to Rennes last year denied Paris St. Germain from keeping their title winning streak going in the Coupe de France but they are back to make it their 6th successive final appearance in the competition; with a chance to be Coup de France champions for the 5th time in the last 6 years.

March 4, 2020
Lyon 1-5 Paris St. Germain
Lyon – Martin Terrier 11’
Paris St. Germain – Kylian Mbappe 14’ 70’ 90’ Neymar 64’ Pablo Sarabia 81’

March 5, 2020
Saint-Etienne 2-1 Rennes
Saint-Etienne – Timothée Kolodziejczak 43’ Ryad Boudebouz 90’
Rennes – M’Baye Niang 33’(pen)

FINAL
Paris St. Germain vs Saint-Etienne

 

 

KNVB Cup – Semifinals


March 4, 2020
FC Utrecht 2-0 Ajax
FC Utrecht – Sander van de Streek 33’ Simon Gustafson 65’(pen)

March 5, 2020
Feyenoord 7-1 NAC Breda
Feyenoord – Marco Senesi 15’ Steven Berghuis 20’(pen) 45’ 52’(pen) Robert Bozenik 23’ Ridgeciano Haps 31’ Luciano Narsingh 88’(pen)
NAC Breda – Jan Paul van Hecke 47’

Ajax’s poor form in recent matches stretched into the Cup semifinals and cost them a place in the final.
Ajax will fail to defend the title, while Feyenoord looks very likely to get back the crown after going a year without it.

It’s been 16 years since FC Utrecht won this competition. Could this be the year?

FINAL
FC Utrecht vs Feyenoord

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