Arsenal rallied in style to beat Tottenham 5-1 in the 2020-21 FA Women’s Cup quarter-finals at Meadow Park. The visitors took a surprise opening lead through Rachel Williams, but were overwhelmed when Jonas Eidevall’s team progressed to the semi-finals. They will face Brighton in the quarter-finals, the Seagulls’ first Women’s FA Cup semi-final since 1975-76, while Chelsea beat Birmingham to set up a match with Manchester City.
In a match between the top two in the Women’s Super League table, it was the Spurs who struck first against Arsenal, with Williams firing a shot that passed Lydia Williams from the edge of the area in the third minute. Maya Iwabuchi then tied with a good shot of her own, finding the top corner in the 15th minute.
Arsenal kept advancing and got ahead shortly after half an hour. Tobin Heath, who was making his first start for the Gunners, found Lotte Wubben-Moy at the far post with a free throw. Their cross shot was deflected off Spurs defender Asmita Ale, and the hosts added a third just four minutes later.
Nikita Parris played a one-two with Iwabuchi before crossing low for Caitlin Foord to score, and it was 4-1 at the end of the break when Parris threw a corner past Spurs goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer. In the second half, Williams got off well to deny Chioma Ubogagu before Foord added his second. The Aussie striker finished off a quick break, reaching out to push home after a pass from Beth Mead.
Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw achieved a hat-trick as manchester city advanced to the last four with a series of second-half goals in a 6-0 home win over Leicester. Gareth Taylor’s team held onto the first half, but took the lead with Shaw’s first goal shortly after the restart. Spanish midfielder Vicky Losada doubled with a powerful shot.
Jamaica international Shaw landed her second from a corner, before Alex Greenwood scored from the penalty spot after Esmee de Graaf knocked down Lauren Hemp in the area. Shaw completed his hat-trick with five minutes to go and Filippa Angeldal still had time to add a sixth at the Academy Stadium.
Fran Kirby scored two goals in two minutes to help secure Chelseasemi-final with Manchester City, with the Blues initially struggling to take down a headstrong Birmingham. Sam Kerr was the one who broke Birmingham’s defense with a header in the hour before Kirby’s double and a fourth goal by Pernille Harder in injury time.
Brighton overcame next to the championship Charlton thanks to Felicity Gibbons’ volley in the second half.