By Steve TongueLONDON,(Reuters)-Arsenal will play London rivals Chelsea in the FA Cup final on May 27 after beating Manchester City 2-1 following extra time in the semi-final at Wembley on Sunday.Arsenal had to come from behind after Sergio Aguero scored his 30th goal of the season for City in the 62nd minute, racing on to a pass from Yaya Toure.Spanish international Nacho Monreal equalised nine minutes later, from a cross by Arsenal’s other wing back Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.In the 11th minute of extra time, just after Aguero was taken off, Alexis Sanchez scored the winner.The result gave Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, an FA Cup winner six times, a welcome boost in a season that many supporters would like to be his last at the club.Arsenal seem likely to miss out on a top-four finish in the Premier League for the first time in 21 seasons under Wenger but winning a third FA Cup in four years could well persuade him to defy his critics and sign a new contract.“I’m very proud of our performance and the spirit we’ve shown,” the Frenchman told BT Sport.“We gave a good answer to people who questioned that.”Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s record of having won at least one trophy in every season as a manager is almost certain to be ended.In a much livelier second half Toure robbed Aaron Ramsey and sent Aguero away from the halfway line for the Argentine to dink the ball past Cech for his 12th goal in as many games.The equaliser arrived from a less regular scorer. It was full back Monreal’s first goal for two years.Toure’s volley and Fernandinho’s header both hit the frame of the goal in the space of four minutes but early in extra time a weary Aguero went off and within two minutes Sanchez scored from close range after Danny Welbeck missed his kick.Guardiola blamed City’s wayward finishing for the defeat.“We competed here, we had more chances but the finishing was like it has been throughout the season,” he said.City trail league leaders Chelsea, who beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 in Saturday’s semi-final, by 11 points with six games to play going into a big game on Thursday against local rivals Manchester United, who are fifth, one point behind them.CITY UNCHANGEDIn his 50th City game, Guardiola picked an unchanged side for the first time and they were the more threatening in a dull first half despite having to replace the injured David Silva with Raheem Sterling.Shortly before the interval they were unluckily denied a goal when an assistant referee ruled — incorrectly it appeared — that Leroy Sane’s cross had drifted out of play before Aguero and then Sterling put the ball past Petr Cech.
The CONCACAF Gold Cup is one of the six FIFA confederation championships.A tourney a few considers the most lightweight on the basis of the strength of the teams competing. Regardless, many still find the Gold Cup fascinating, as evident in the turnout of fans on each match day.The 2017 edition of the biennial competition features 12 teams. Some whose players have fond memories of jersey exchanges with more celebrated names at the biggest stage (FIFA World Cup), while others dream of someday actualizing that fantasy.Groups:A: French Guiana, Canada, Honduras, Costa RicaB: United State, Panama, Martinique, NicaraguaC: Curaçao, Jamaica, Mexico, El Salvador The two teams succinctly mentioned below are considered favorites for the tournament.USA – Bruce Arena has a considerably experienced team to fancy overall success for the USA, coupled with home support.MEXICO – Aside from the added pressure of being the defending champion, and most successful team in the tournament’s history, Luis Pompilio Páez is parading what is arguably the youngest squad in the competition.So-Far > Alphonso Davies (Canada), currently sits atop the goals chart courtesy of his brace (2 goals) which came in the opener against French Guiana.Did you know –The only time a team outside Mexico and the United States won the competition was in 2000. A German Holger Osieck led Canada to a remarkable win against Colombia.Related2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final – USA vs JamaicaJuly 24, 2017In “AFCON Insider”FIFA U17 WC: Golden Eaglets Draw Australia, Hungary, Ecuador In Group BJuly 11, 2019In “FIFA”2017 Gold Cup – Enters Semi-final PhaseJuly 21, 2017In “AFCON Insider” read more
ECLIPSE WINNER STORM THE COURT TO MAKE 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2020)–Reigning Juvenile Champion Storm the Court heads a field of six sophomore Derby hopefuls going seven furlongs Sunday as he makes his 3-year-old debut in the Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita.An upset winner of the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at 1 1/16 miles Nov. 1, Storm the Court, who is conditioned by Peter Eurton, will be making his fifth career start and will again be ridden by Flavien Prat.Although Storm the Court is the marque horse of the moment, Bob Baffert’s Nadal, an ultra impressive first-out maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs here on Jan. 19, could well be the post time favorite. Baffert will also send out Ra’ad, a handy six furlong Los Alamitos maiden winner in early December.STORM THE COURTOwner: Exline Border Racing, LLC, David Bernson & Dan HudockTrainer: Peter EurtonA $60,000 Ocala Sales April 2-year-old in Training Sale purchase, this colt by Court Vision continued to exceed all expectations with a game head victory at odds of 45-1 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 1. Out of the Tejano Run mare My Tejana Storm, he was a first-out maiden winner going 5 ½ furlongs Aug. 10 and subsequently lost all chance in the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Futurity Sept. 2, when Prat was unseated shortly after the break. A well beaten third at 19-1 by highly regarded Eight Rings in the Grade I American Pharoah Stakes Sept. 27, Storm the Court has been double digits in the wagering in all four of his starts, but figures to go favored on Sunday. Although he’s already got $1,172,951 in the bank, a win in the San Vicente would undoubtedly further enhance his Derby status.NADALOwner: George Bolton, Arthur Hoyeau, Barry Lipman & Mark MathiesenTrainer: Bob BaffertA Kentucky-bred colt by Blame, he was an awesome first-out maiden winner, driving to the lead after the first half mile and winning as much the best by 3 ¾ lengths under J.C. Diaz, Jr., while earning a San Vicente-best 98 Beyer Speed figure. A $700,000 Fasig Tipton March 2-year-old in Training Sale graduate, Nadal will get the services of leading rider Joel Rosario as he starts down the Derby trail.GINOBILIOwner: Slam Dunk Racing, Richard Baltas, Jerry McClanahan & Michael NentwigTrainer: Richard BaltasAn impressive gate to wire maiden winner in his second start going six furlongs, Ginobili got an 83 Beyer Speed figure for his efforts, which ranks third among San Vicente starters. Subsequently fourth, beaten five lengths in the Del Mar Futurity, Ginobili was then a close fourth in the five furlong turf Speakeasy Stakes as the 5-2 favorite here on Oct. 6. Although he’s got plenty to prove against solid competition, Ginobili has plenty of natural speed and looms dangerous as a fresh horse in what will be his fifth start.RA’ADOwner: RRR Racing, Inc.Trainer: Bob BaffertA well beaten fourth in his debut by last Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Thousand Words, this colt by Twirling Candy was a solid 2 ½ length maiden winner at 3-5 going six furlongs over a wet track at Los Alamitos on Dec. 7. A $500,000 Ocala Sales 2-year-old in Training Sale graduate, Ra’ad is out of the Suave mare Tough Market and like so many in Baffert’s care, appears to have a very bright future. Fitted with blinkers in both of his starts, Ra’ad will be ridden back by Drayden Van Dyke.THE GRADE II SAN VICENTE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 8 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTFast Enough–Tiago Pereira–124Ra’ad–Drayden Van Dyke–120Party Town–Jorge Velez–120Nadal–Joel Rosario–120Storm the Court–Flavien Prat–124Ginobili–Abel Cedillo–120First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. read more