1 Russo on target as Red Devils beat Gunners to book place in Conti Cup semis

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1 Russo on target as Red Devils beat Gunners to book place in Conti Cup semis

Mark Skinner Manchester United lauded the spirit of their batsmen after Arsenal’s knockout in the Conti Cup quarter-finals.

But the Red Devils chief insisted there was still work to be done before the Gunners beat the Gunners 1-0 to reach the semi-finals.

Alessia Russo's looping header helped Manchester United seal their place in the Conti Cup semi-finals

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Alessia Russo’s looping header helped Manchester United seal their place in the Conti Cup semi-finalscredit: Reuters

A late Alessia Russo header pulled Arsenal out of competition with United unbeaten in 10 games away from home.

The result saw the Gunners suffer their fifth loss in six matches, with the visitors securing their first win against the WSL leaders under Skinner.

The Red Devils boss said: “The results make you feel like you’re in a place where you can do anything.

“But that is because we are so focused on each individual sport that we miss out on our ultimate goal which is to be successful.

“I am very proud of everyone and all of our employees who work tirelessly, but we have done nothing but reach the semi-finals.

“We have work to do. I am sure we will face a really tough opponent in the semi-finals.”

Arsenal had a good chance of taking an early lead with Vivian Miedema coming close to getting their boot from Katie McCabe at the end of the ninth-minute cross.

And the ace of the Republic of Ireland tossed Nikita Parris to the far post just moments after another dangerous ball was bowled in the box.

United began to gain momentum on the counter and nearly took advantage of a wrong Arsenal pass near the half-hour mark.

Leah Galton drove down the middle before passing her marker to Ella Toon on the right before shooting wide.

And Galton delivered a dangerous low cross into the box for Toon, which was thrown out of danger by Arsenal.

The second half saw a moment of drama with an angry reaction from Jonas Edewall with a high challenge from Martha Thomas on Beth Mead.

The Gunners appeared to reprimand Gaffer Thomas before Skinner and the forward’s teammates intervened.

Martha Thomas picks up a yellow card for a challenge on Beth Mead during the game

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Martha Thomas picks up a yellow card for a challenge on Beth Mead during the gamecredit: getty

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The 60th minute incident ended with both managers being awarded yellow cards with Thomas.

With the late game on Eidwall, Stina shuffled her deck with Blackstanius making her debut and replaced Midema near 70.th Minute

And Tobin Heath and Laura Weinerther came for Beth Mead and Noel Maritz

United made a third change of their own in the final quarter of normal time with Ona Battle, Wilde Bo Risa and Alessia Russo entering the field.

And a free-kick from Katie Zelem ended with a whipped Russo header into the back of the net near 90.th Minute.

The visitors kept their hosts at bay to seal a victory that leaves the Gunners still in search of their first win of 2022.

Edewall said: I am disappointed at the lack of results, but if there is a match I will lose in it, it will be the Conti Cup.

“We’ll go ahead and try to make this performance happen.”

Manchester City join United in the League Cup semi-finals after Bristol defeat

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Manchester City join United in the League Cup semi-finals after Bristol defeatcredits: PA

Elsewhere Manchester City booked their place in the semi-finals of the competition with a 3–1 loss to Bristol.

Chelsea and Tottenham registered 4–2 and 1–0 victories against West Ham and Liverpool.

Thursday’s draw will see the three teams and United decide who will qualify for their semi-finals.

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