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Man Utd face Spurs, Chelsea take on Saints in FA Cup semis

Man Utd face Spurs, Chelsea take on Saints in FA Cup semis

Spanish striker Alvaro Morata netted the first goal for the Blues in the 42nd minute as he benefited from a superb run made by Willian.

The victory kept alive Chelsea's last-remaining hope of winning silverware at the end of a hard season.

Meanwhile, Southampton are back in the semi-finals for the first time in 15 years. Willian won the ball near his own penalty area and found Morata with a fine pass. Morata took one touch and then sent the ball over the outrushing Kasper Schmeichel with a fine finish.

Left out of Spain's squad for two forthcoming friendlies after a run of poor form, the 58 million pound ($81 million) signing from Real Madrid had not been on the score-sheet since 26 December.

Mahrez put in a low cross and although Vicente Iborra was twice denied by blocks, Vardy clipped home the loose ball.

"It wasn't easy to play against Leicester because I think they are a good team with great players and we must pay great attention, especially when we are attacking because they have very good players who attack the space and the defensive line".

Chelsea managed to hold on, earning Antonio Conte and his men a much-needed victory after being knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday.

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"A tough game but we knew this", he said. "We are unlucky today".

The west London club's hopes of finishing the season with silverware rest exclusively with the FA Cup and they will now face Southampton in a last-four tussle at Wembley next month.

Chelsea, beaten by Arsenal in the final last May, are eyeing a return to the title match after winning 2-1 at Leicester yesterday.

Leicester manager Claude Puel felt his team deserved better and declined to blame Schmeichel.

"I'm proud of my players because it was a game with a high level against a good team".

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