Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Arsenal 2-1 Hull City, Gunners on to FA Cup Semifinal

In a game overshadowed by conflict, Arsenal produced the right result in order to progress to Wembley. Hull scored early on in the 13th minute, with as much luck as anything else. The Tigers took the lead after an unfortunate deflection sent the ball over Arsenal keeper Fabianski and into the corner of the net. Hull maintained their lead throughout the first half despite repeated attempts by the Arsenal offense. While the Gunners hadn't played poorly before the break, they simply weren't winning the match. Happily, the second half was a different story. Arsenal dominated the second half of the match, creating chances and limiting the Hull attack. Assisted by Arshavin, Robin Van Persie found the net in the 74th minute, bringing the two teams to level pegging. Ten minutes later, Arsenal defender William Gallas nodded in a header from a wild "pinball" play. Hull immediately protested that Gallas had been offside, but the officials declined a review. There appears to have been a row between Francesc Fabregas (injured) and some of the Hull players and staff after full-time had been reached. There were also many accusations of Hull players wasting time throughout the match. It might not have been pretty, but the Gunners are through and will face Chelsea at Wembly on Sat. April 18th in the Semi-final of the FA Cup.

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