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Aston Villa striker Benteke: No favourites for Liverpool clash

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke believes Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool will be one of the biggest moments in his career, but thinks neither team is favourite.

The Belgian will lead the line at Wembley with the hope of pulling off a slight shock.

Christian Benteke has found some form. Credit: PA

"For the moment, yes," he said. "It (missing the World Cup) was hard but now it's in the past, I'm looking forward to playing the semi-final.

"Liverpool are a good team but the thing with the FA Cup is it's still something special. It's 50-50 for me but some will say they are favourites.

"Wembley is something good and special because it's a semi-final, it's close to the final and we have to do everything to be there again."


Liverpool's FA Cup Replay with Blackburn will be played in a month's time

Liverpool's FA Cup Replay with Blackburn confirmed for more than a month away - the winners will go through to face Aston Villa in the semi-final at Wembley.

Women's FA Cup Final to be held at Wembley

Last year's final was played before a crowd of 15,000. Credit: PA

The FA Women's Cup final will be played at Wembley Stadium for the first time this year.

Last year's final, in which Arsenal beat Everton 2-0, was played before a crowd of 15,000 at stadiummk, but organisers are hoping to build on the success of England Women's match against Germany in November last year, which brought 45,000 fans to Wembley.

The final takes place on August 1st.


Aston Villa issue statement on pitch invasion

Aston Villa have issued a statement on today's pitch invasion after beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Villa Park to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.

Aston Villa issue statement on pitch invasion. Credit: PA

The club does not condone supporters invading the field of play under any circumstances.

We are very disappointed that what should have been a very memorable and proud moment for our fans was marred by the actions of those who could not control themselves.

They have let both themselves and their club down.

The club extends its sincere apologies to the Football Association, the West Bromwich Albion directors, manager Tony Pulis and all his staff and players.

– Aston Villa statement
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Reports: Fabian Delph 'bitten' by overexcited fans

There are reports that Villa goalscorer Fabian Delph was bitten by fans during the pitch invasion, following today's FA Cup clash against West Bromwich Albion.

"My armband got nicked, someone got my left boot, but I could appreciate the relief the fans are feeling after a result like that. It was dangerous. Someone tried to take my boot off. People tried to kiss me and were biting me. It was scary."

– Fabian Delph, quoted in the Telegraph
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