Brighton and their trio of Ecuadorian reinforcements -Moisés Caicedo, Pervis Estupiñán, Jeremy Sarmiento- already have a rival in the FC Cup semifinals: Manchester United, who beat Fulham 3-1 this Sunday.
Ecua-Brighton crushed Grimsby Town 5-0 to qualify for the FA Cup semi-finals
After having played six rounds of the traditional tournament (it has been played since the 1871-1872 season) from the third phase, the 20 clubs from the Premier League and the 24 from the Championship entered. The semifinals will be played between Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April. The FA Cup champion will be decided at Wembley on Saturday June 3.RELATED
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Brighton’s ticket to the prelude to the final came with a 5-0 win over modest but surprise Grimsby Town Football Club, which plays in England’s fourth division football. The Daily Mail newspaper gave Caicedo a rating of 7 out of 10, while Pervis Estupiñán and Jeremy Sarmiento obtained 6.5 and 6, respectively.
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Caicedo participated with a shot that was parried by goalkeeper Max Crocombe for Brighton’s first goal, after 6 minutes. This was said by some English newspapers this Sunday, in their digital editions, about the victory of the tricolor team and the performance of the 21-year-old midfielder.
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The Sun: “Moisés Caicedo, for whom Brighton turned down a £70m ($85m) offer in January, and World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister dictated things from midfield. Grimsby’s block was not so strong because after 6 minutes a shot from Caicedo allowed German striker Deniz Undav to pick up a rebound and score the first goal. That ended Grimsby’s hopes of a first FA Cup semi-final since 1939, but it did not dampen the visitors’ spirits. Brighton were in control but came dangerously close to shooting themselves in the foot.”
The Guardian: “Remarkably, Grimsby were chasing a third semi-final appearance, after those in 1936 and 1939. Nobody gave them a prayer. Brighton are a much bigger fish than Southampton these days and, if her line-up was impressive, De Zerbi gave no rest with the international break just around the corner), so was her start . Undav opened the scoring 6 minutes after goalkeeper Maxime. Crocombe was able to save a shot from Moisés Caicedo from the edge of the area.
Daily Mail: “Roberto De Zerbi presented a Brighton packed with Premier League regulars. That included a guy who helped Lionel Messi win the 2022 World Cup (Alexis McAllister), and a guy who was subject to a £70m offer from Arsenal in the winter window (Moisés Caicedo). But that just summed up the beauty of the FA Cup. Mac Allister may be a world champion, but if he wanted to win here, he had to outplay Gavan Holohan in midfield. Caicedo may be a wanted man, but to get to Wembley, he had to get past Kieran Green.”
The Daily Telegraph: Four years after their last visit to the FA Cup semi-finals, Brighton have returned to Wembley. Grimsby Town, hoping they could go to their first semi-final in 85 years, were brushed aside without romance or sympathy, having registered just the two shots on goal. Whatever the three-division gap, Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi respected Grimsby in choosing their strongest line-up. From a box, due to being suspended, De Zerbi could see when Moisés Caicedo had a chance and Max Crocombe could not contain the ball. He bounced back and Deniz Undav was the first to react, scoring with aplomb”.
The Independent: “Grimsby briefly managed the hosts’ half (of the field) before Brighton patiently went back on the attack, before looking for the best opportunity to score an opening goal. Moises Caicedo knew when the moment was his when he fired a strong low shot from the center, but Crocombe parried it, allowing Undav to sink the rebound inside the arc after 6 minutes. Several subsequent attempts were made by Brighton through Caicedo and Pascal Gross, who failed to find the back of the net. (D)