LIVE UPDATES: Women’s FA Cup semi-final - Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal

Manchester City's Steph Houghton scores the opening goal
Manchester City's Steph Houghton scores the opening goal - (Copyright PA)
18:52pm, Thu 01 Oct 2020
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FA Cup holders Manchester City take on 14-time winners Arsenal in a colossal semi-final tonight as they bid for a place at Wembley Stadium on November 1.

Gareth Taylor’s City side have not looked convincing in their last two games as they played out a disappointing goalless draw with Brighton in the league before scrambling past second tier Leicester City 2-1 in the last eight of the FA Cup.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have looked the polar opposite as they have been scoring goals for fun since the beginning of the campaign.

The North London side have to be considered the favourites on form, but this one really could go either way.

You can find live updates of all the action from the semi-final encounter between Manchester City and Arsenal via our minute-by-minute blog below.

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Manchester City v Arsenal (KO 7:15pm GMT)

Welcome back!

Reigning FA Cup champions Manchester City will host Arsenal this evening as both teams look to seal their spot in the final next month. 

City’s performance during the 2020/21 Women’s Super League season so far hasn’t been up to scratch, whereas Arsenal have scored 19 goals in their first three games.

Let’s see which team comes out on top this evening…

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City’s squad announcement!

England international Lucy Bronze is featuring in the starting line-up as new signing Alex Greenwood starts on the bench. 

US World Cup winner Rose Lavelle is set to make her debut this evening after signing from OL Reign this summer.

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Arsenal’s team announcement!

Jill Roord, who has scored two hat-tricks in the WSL season so far, will be sitting out of this game with an injury.

Arsenal’s line-up looks strong with Beth Mead up front with the support of Kim Little in the midfield.

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TEAMS ARE OUT!

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Manchester City v Arsenal

With less than 15 minutes to go both teams will be feeling the pressure. 

This highly anticipated clash will certainly be one to watch so make sure you tune in to get all the latest updates!

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Manchester City v Arsenal

This is the first FA Cup meet between the two sides… let’s see what they’ve got to offer!

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Manchester City v Arsenal

1 min: And we’re off! Arsenal get us underway.

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Manchester City v Arsenal

2 min: Both teams look eager to get a touch on the ball. City’s defence are full of England internationals. 

US star Sam Mewis shoots wide after a quality pass from Lucy Bronze.

Who will be playing Everton in the final at Wembley?

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Manchester City v Arsenal

5 min: City striker Ellen White is looking strong up front and will certainly be looking to bag an early goal. 

Joe Montemurro’s side are trying to match City’s intensity. 

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Manchester City v Arsenal

7 min: England captain Steph Houghton finds speed machine Chloe Kelly up front, who fails to secure a cross in the box. 

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