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Leicester City advances to FA Cup quarter-finals with Fatawu's extra-time brilliance

Posted : 28 February 2024

Championship leaders Leicester City secured a spot in the FA Cup quarter-finals with a stunning extra-time goal from Abdul Fatawu, defeating Premier League side Bournemouth. The closely contested match ended goalless in regular time, with both teams hitting the post and missing several scoring opportunities.


Fatawu's decisive moment came just before half-time in extra time when he skillfully curled a shot into the top right corner, beyond the reach of Bournemouth's goalkeeper Mark Travers. This victory marks Leicester's progression to the quarter-finals for the first time since winning the tournament in 2021.


Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca expressed satisfaction with the win, emphasizing that it doesn't necessarily define their Premier League level but showcased their performance on the night. Maresca highlighted the upcoming league match against QPR as the current priority, underscoring the importance of maintaining their level of play. Bournemouth manager Andoni Iraola, despite his team having 27 shots on goal, lamented the missed opportunities and described the outcome as an "opportunity missed."


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The defeat extends Bournemouth's winless streak to six games in all competitions, but they can now focus on securing their Premier League survival. The draw for the FA Cup quarter-finals is scheduled for Wednesday.


The match saw both teams creating chances in a highly competitive encounter, reminiscent of Bournemouth's recent battle against Manchester City. The victory solidifies Leicester's memorable season, as they currently lead the Championship by six points, raising hopes for a successful campaign in both the league and the FA Cup.


Abdul Fatawu, the goal-scoring hero for Leicester, expressed his joy for the team and the remarkable season they are experiencing. He highlighted the team's determination to achieve their goals, stating, "Our season has been amazing. It is good to be top of the league, but we're not done yet. We're going hard to go to our main destination, and we'll go again next week."


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