For the vast majority of their match, Arsenal's young team held with a Manchester City team filled with full internationals. They had just as much of the ball and created more shots. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was perhaps the best player on the pitch. However, Arsenal got careless when going for a winner on a corner kick and were ripped apart late on the counter, as City stole a 1-0 win.
Though the Citizens were not the better side on the night, their counter attack to set up the goal was spectacular enough that it's fair to say they deserved to win. Though they lacked their normal invention for most of the match, the counter was easily the best move of the game, worthy of a game-winning goal.
It came when City cleared the ball out of the box on an Arsenal corner, with Edin Dzeko starting the move. He played a fantastic ball to Adam Johnson, who continued the counter with a great through ball to Sergio Aguero. El Kun finished brilliantly to give his team a lead that they wouldn't relinquish, and City are through to the semifinals.
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