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Ryan Giggs, Paul Gascoigne and the greatest FA Cup semi-finals

The FA Cup reaches the semi-final stage this weekend with Brighton facing the daunting task of dumping red-hot favourites Manchester City out of the competition to meet either Watford or Wolves in the final. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look back at some of the key moments which have helped to decide classic last-four encounters in the past. πŸ”™ in 1️⃣9️⃣9️⃣9️⃣ πŸ†š @Arsenal 1-2 @ManUTD πŸ”₯ An iconic extra time wonder goal from Ryan Giggs saw @ManUtd reach the final! πŸ‘€ One of the greatest moments in #FACup history? pic.twitter.com/8mSjwyPxBj β€” The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) March 31, 2019 Ryan Giggs left Manchester United fans with a treasure trove of memories when he finally hung up his boots, but few more sensational than the goal which secured the club’s place in the 1999 ...

Preview: Wolves vs. Man United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday’s Premier League clash between Wolves and Man United, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. Manchester United will be seeking revenge when they make the trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers, a little over two weeks on from their FA Cup loss at Molineux. Wolves picked up a 2-1 win in the quarter-final tie to inflict a damaging defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side, but it was not enough to prevent the Norwegian from landing the United job on a permanent basis. Wolverhampton Wanderers Β© Reuters Sticking with what appears to be the theme of their season, Wolves followed up their fantastic result against Man United with a disappointing 2-0 loss at the hands of Premier League strugglers Burnley at the weekend. If there has been one critic...

Wales winger Daniel James ignoring Leeds United speculation

Wales hero Daniel James has vowed to focus on his football and not be distracted as Premier League clubs monitor his contract situation at Swansea. James scored a superb winner as Wales opened their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Slovakia in Cardiff on Sunday. The 21-year-old winger was on the verge of joining Leeds during the final hours of the January transfer window before Swansea pulled the plug on a potential Β£10million deal. FT | 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 1-0 πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡° Do you feel this happy right now? πŸ˜ƒ#WALSVK#YWalGoch #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/ZxiLZKG2e4 β€” Wales 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) March 24, 2019 James is contracted at the cash-strapped Sky Bet Championship club until the summer of 2020, with talks over a new deal ongoing amid reports that the player’s camp are keen to have a ...

Ashley Williams airs frustration after being dropped by Wales

Wales captain Ashley Williams has voiced his frustration at being dropped for the opening Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia. Manager Ryan Giggs put veteran defender Williams on the bench and paired inexperienced centre-halves Chris Mepham and James Lawrence for the 1-0 Group E win in Cardiff on Sunday. Gareth Bale wore the armband but Giggs said Williams – who came on in the final quarter to win his 85th cap and draw level with Gary Speed as his country’s third-most capped player – remains Wales’ captain and is “part of the plans going forward”. Ashley Williams has lost his place at Stoke and not started a first-team game there for nearly two months (Dave Thompson/PA) But Giggs admitted Williams found it difficult being dropped for such an important fixture, sayi...

Wales boss Ryan Giggs lauds “intelligent” Daniel James

Ryan Giggs believes Wales‘ youngsters passed a major examination in getting their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign off to a winning start. Daniel James’ fifth-minute strike gave Wales a 1-0 victory over Slovakia in Cardiff, and the confident Dragons might have added to their lead before the interval. But Wales, who had seven players with fewer than 10 caps in the starting line-up, had to withstand late pressure before securing three points at the Cardiff City Stadium. πŸŽ₯πŸ—£ | 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 1-0 πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡° | REACTION Ryan Giggs on the win πŸ˜€#WALSVK pic.twitter.com/H0RftuEAYK β€” Wales 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) March 24, 2019 “We are going to learn from that because we were put under pressure at the end,” said Wales manager Giggs. “I challenged the players to keep more clean sheets because we f...

Ryan Giggs delighted with Wales’ “perfect” start to Euro 2020 qualifying

Wales boss Ryan Giggs hailed match-winner Daniel James‘ “fantastic” performance after his early goal sunk Slovakia at Cardiff City Stadium. The Swansea winger marked his first competitive international start with a fifth-minute strike as Wales got their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign off to a winning start. James, who has established a growing reputation in the Sky Bet Championship this season, robbed Slovakia right-back Peter Pekarik on the edge of the area before drilling a shot past Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka as Wales triumphed 1-0. πŸ‘•Β First competitive start βœ”οΈβš½οΈ First goal βœ”οΈπŸ…¦ Winning start to #EURO2020 qualifying βœ”οΈ What an afternoon for @Daniel_James_97! pic.twitter.com/6qYZJSwgWI β€” UEFA EURO 2020 (@UEFAEURO) March 24, 2019 “He has brought his club fo...

Result: Daniel James helps Wales past Slovakia for perfect Euro 2020 qualification start

Wales opened their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Slovakia in Cardiff. Daniel James was the hero on his first competitive Wales start, rifling home in the fifth minute to send a sell-out Cardiff City Stadium crowd into raptures. The Swansea winger’s only previous international experience was a 56-minute run-out in the November friendly defeat to Albania. But James has established a growing reputation in the Championship this season, and he robbed Slovakia right-back PeterΒ Pekarik on the edge of the area before drilling a shot past the Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. The last meeting between the two nations saw Wales win an emotionally-charged Euro 2016 opener in Bordeaux on their way to reaching the semi-finals in France. But this was very muc...

Slovakia’s Marek Hamsik cautious of “aggressive” Wales side

Slovakia star Marek Hamsik admits he is wary of playing Wales again after losing to them at Euro 2016. Former Napoli midfielder Hamsik was part of the Slovakia side beaten 2-1 in Bordeaux as Wales started their march to the semi-finals of that tournament. The two nations meet again in Cardiff on Sunday as Wales begin their 2020 European Championship qualifying campaign. “Wales has quality and I remember that match,” said Hamsik, who ended his 11-year stay at Napoli last month to join Chinese club Dalian Yifang. “It was quite unlucky for us. We could have won but then we lost it. Wales showed their power.” Hamsik was prevented from giving Slovakia a third-minute lead in Bordeaux by Ben Davies’ brilliant goal-line clearance. The 31-year-old slalomed his way thro...

Gareth Bale: Loss of Aaron Ramsey “a big blow”

Gareth Bale insists Wales can overcome the loss of Aaron Ramsey from their opening Euro 2020 qualifier and aim for top spot in Group E. Ramsey was ruled out on the eve of the Cardiff clash against Slovakia on Sunday with a thigh injury that the Arsenal midfielder has been nursing all week. But Bournemouth forward David Brooks has shrugged off an ankle injury, and Bale has declared himself fully fit after completing his first 90 minutes of 2019 for Real Madrid last weekend. 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 SQUAD UPDATE 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Ryan Giggs has confirmed that @aaronramsey has withdrawn from the @Cymru squad through injury and has returned to @Arsenal for treatment. Brysia wella! πŸ’ͺ#WALSVK pic.twitter.com/Sxyq1KzBaC β€” Wales 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) March 23, 2019 “Obviously it’s a big blow for us,” Bale said o...

David Brooks not feeling the pressure after winning Wales awards

David Brooks is eager to continue his meteoric rise and embrace the pressure of being a leading light in Wales‘ European Championship campaign. Brooks secured a place in Welsh football history on Thursday night when he became the first man to claim the double of best footballer and young player of the year at the Football Association of Wales awards. The 21-year-old is also a contender for this season’s PFA young player award following his Β£11.5million move from Sheffield United to Bournemouth last summer. Player of the Year πŸ†Young Player of the Year πŸ† Congratulations @DRBrooks15, who received two accolades at last night’s @FAWales Awards 2019.#afcb πŸ’ pic.twitter.com/PS0cm6JBK2 β€” AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) March 22, 2019 Brooks has scored six goals in 25 Premier Le...

Connor Roberts: ‘Wales using Euro 2016 as inspiration’

Connor Roberts has revealed how the Wales squad have sought inspiration for their European Championship campaign by watching footage of Euro 2016. Wales went football crazy three summers ago as Chris Coleman’s side reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016 after ending a 58-year wait to play at a major tournament. The journey in France began with a 2-1 win over Slovakia in Bordeaux – the same opponents that Ryan Giggs‘ side face in their opening 2020 European Championship qualifier at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday. Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates scoring Wales’ winner against Slovakia at their Euro 2016 opener in Bordeaux (Mike Egerton/PA) “The other day we watched clips of Euro 2016 and it certainly had me twitching in my seat,” Swansea defender Roberts said. R...

Ryan Giggs praises “threat” Ben Woodburn after Wales winner

Liverpool striker Ben Woodburn has been advised by Wales boss Ryan Giggs to put his troubled season behind him and keep showing his natural talent. Woodburn spared Wales’ blushes in Wrexham on Wednesday when his injury-time winner secured a 1-0 friendly victory over Trinidad & Tobago – the small Caribbean nation ranked 93rd in the world. It was the 19-year-old’s first goal in senior football since his sensational debut winner in a World Cup qualifier against Austria in September 2017. FT | 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 1-0 πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡Ή | HAPPY SNAPS πŸ“Έ Goal snaps are always the best kind of photos! #WALTTO #TheRedWall pic.twitter.com/wkgLm2TQxH β€” Wales 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) March 20, 2019 And Woodburn’s delight was evident after a difficult time when his loan spell at Sheffield United turned sour and Live...

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