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Emirates FA Cup: Balogun Absent As Man City Edge Brighton To Book Final Spot

Emirates FA Cup: Balogun Absent As Man City Edge Brighton To Book Final Spot

Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun failed to make the matchday squad as Brighton & Hove Albion lost 1-0 to Manchester City in the semi-final of the Emirates FA Cup at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday,  reports Completesports.com.

 

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Manchester City booked their place in the final of the competition courtesy of Gabriel Jesus early strike.

 

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Balogun only made two appearances for the Seagulls in the competition this season.

 

His last appearance for Brighton & Hove Albion in the competition was in the fourth round replay clash against

 

The Seagulls – appearing in the semis for only the second time in their history and the first since 1983 – contained the English champions for long spells but ultimately could not recover from Gabriel Jesus’s early opener.

 

City were dominant in possession but far short of their usual best as they edged into a first FA Cup final since 2013, taking another significant step towards an unprecedented quadruple.

 

Man City were the team that came closest to adding a second goal late on when first Danilo fired over from range, and then Sterling drew a late save from Ryan at the end of a blistering counter-attack which saw Jesus clip the ball into his path.

 

Ultimately the early goal was enough to send Man City into the final, though, and they will return to Wembley again next month against either Watford or Wolverhampton Wanderers hoping to lift the trophy for the first time since 2011.

 

 

By Adeboye Amosu

 

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