Late Dani Ceballos strike sends Arsenal to Wembley

Chidi Nwoke, Abuja.

Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos celebrates after securing a 2-1 away win against Sheffield United in the FA Cup

Dani Ceballos’ injury-time strike saw Arsenal sneak past Sheffield United with a 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final victory at Bramall Lane on Sunday.

The home side thought they had taken the lead eight minutes in, only for VAR to rule out John Lundstram’s close range effort for offside.

Arsenal had hardly done any attacking by the time they took the lead midway through the first half. The referee awarded a penalty after Chris Basham tackled Alexandre Lacazette from behind. Nicolas Pepe stepped up to slot the spot kick calmly past the goalkeeper.

Arsenal’s Nicolas Pépé stepped up to slot the spot kick calmly past Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson

Pépé might have been on the scoresheet again on the half hour when he burst into space and shot early and on target, though this time the goalkeeper got down quickly to make a one-handed save.

Nicolas Pepe’s first-half penalty appeared to have sent the visitors to Wembley, only for David McGoldrick to stab home an equaliser with just three minutes left to play in the second half.

Sheffield United’s David McGoldrick scores against Arsenal in FA Cup quarter final at Bramall Lane

However, with extra time drawing close Arsenal were in need of a hero and they found their man in Ceballos, the on-loan Real Madrid midfielder.

He picked up the loose ball near the top of the box, took a few dribbles to his right, and used his favored foot to strike a placed shot past Dean Henderson. It was a beautiful and calm finish from the classy and technically prolific midfielder.

Dani Ceballos scores winning goal against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane

It was a beautiful, calm, and clutch finish from the classy and technically prolific midfielder, who has dazzled the Premier League with his flicks and tricks.

However, Arsenal failed to make it through the game without an injury, with centre-back David Luiz – who had only just returned from suspension – limping out to increase their already lengthy injury list.

Arsenal also progressed to the FA Cup semi-finals for the 30th time, which is a joint-record alongside Manchester United.


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