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Manchester City Women 2-1 Arsenal Women: Sam Mewis strike sends hosts to the FA Cup final

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Manchester City booked their place in the Women’s FA Cup final after beating Arsenal 2-1 in an entertaining game.

City quickly hit their stride in the opening exchanges, with summer signing Sam Mewis controlling the midfield and pegging Arsenal into their own half.

Captain Steph Houghton scored the goal City’s dominance deserved in the 19th minute when she curled a free-kick over the wall and into the left-hand corner, after Leah Williamson fouled Caroline Weir just outside the box.

Sam Mewis of Manchester City Women celebrates after scoring the winning goal on Thursday

Sam Mewis of Manchester City Women celebrates after scoring the winning goal on Thursday

Sam Mewis of Manchester City Women celebrates after scoring the winning goal on Thursday

Mewis is surrounded by her team-mates after scoring their second goal against Arsenal

Mewis is surrounded by her team-mates after scoring their second goal against Arsenal

Mewis is surrounded by her team-mates after scoring their second goal against Arsenal

Arsenal players celebrate after Jordan Nobbs equalised in the 38th minute of the cup clash

Arsenal players celebrate after Jordan Nobbs equalised in the 38th minute of the cup clash

Arsenal players celebrate after Jordan Nobbs equalised in the 38th minute of the cup clash

Nobbs scored an impressive goal from long range following Steph Houghton's opener

Nobbs scored an impressive goal from long range following Steph Houghton's opener

Nobbs scored an impressive goal from long range following Steph Houghton’s opener

Arsenal clawed themselves level after a glorious shot from Jordan Nobbs on the edge of the D looped powerfully over Ellie Roebuck seven minutes before the break.

City wasted no time restoring their lead. Chloe Kelly’s cross from the right found White, who managed to scramble the ball back for USA international Mewis to rifle home unmarked in the box just two minutes later.

City picked up the second half where they left off, dominating the ball and pressing with purpose.

Houghton broke the deadlock with a delightful free-kick in 19th minute of FA Cup semi-final

Houghton broke the deadlock with a delightful free-kick in 19th minute of FA Cup semi-final

Houghton broke the deadlock with a delightful free-kick in 19th minute of FA Cup semi-final

Houghton celebrates after hitting the ball home from a set-piece in the first half on Thursday

Houghton celebrates after hitting the ball home from a set-piece in the first half on Thursday

Houghton celebrates after hitting the ball home from a set-piece in the first half on Thursday

They could not find their third goal though and Arsenal rallied, creating chances of their own.

Nobbs picked out Caitlin Foord in the box with 15 minutes remaining but her header was not powerful enough to trouble Roebuck.

Vivianne Miedema sparked into life on 82 minutes, driving into the penalty box, but Demi Stokes got down well to steal the ball away.

Arsenal continued to probe but City held on to make sure of a place at Wembley against Everton.

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UFC chief Dana White hints former MMA fighter Laura Sanko will become first female commentator

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DANA WHITE has stated that the door is open to Laura Sanko becoming the first female commentator in UFC.

But the ex-MMA fighter must first prove she ‘is ready’ to make the step up after impressing as a correspondent.

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Laura Sanko has impressed Dana White with her work at UFC eventsCredit: Instagram @laura_sanko
The American fought at atomweight during a short MMA career

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The American fought at atomweight during a short MMA career

Sanko, 38, works as a reporter for ESPN’s coverage of UFC and has also commentated on female fights in the Invicta series.

And UFC chief White, 51, says that the American is highly rated by the sport’s bosses.

He told Yahoo! Sports: “The reason you think so highly of her, is because so do we. That’s why she’s here.

“You just can’t throw somebody in that position, there is a process.

“All these fighters that end up in all these different positions on camera, we fly them out, we see if they have the potential.

“We actually go through a series of tests before they’re put anywhere.

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“When Laura is ready, she’ll be there.”

In a three-year fighting career, Sanko appeared in one professional bout – beating Cassie Robb in an atomweight contest.

That 2013 bout under the Invicta banner followed an amateur record that boasted four wins and a single defeat, according to Tapology.

In 2016, she made headlines when Tonya Evinger greeted a victory by controversially planting a kiss on the reporter.

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Sanko has 147,000 followers on InstagramCredit: Instagram @laura_sanko
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The reporter has said she would like to make the step up to commentatingCredit: Instagram @laura_sanko

And becoming an official UFC commentator is a career goal of Sanko’s.

In April, she told MMAJunkie: “I would love that. That is definitely a goal.

“I don’t think it’s one that’s necessarily going to happen anytime soon, but it’s one I’m working toward and I hope one day to make that come to fruition. It’s tough, though.

“The hurdles that are in my way are not necessarily one people would assume, like, ‘Oh, they don’t want a woman’. That’s not the case.”

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Dana White believes UFC could have its first female commentator in SankoCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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2pm Man Utd news LIVE: Woodward calls for fans to return, Wan-Bissaka ‘fathered love child behind girlfriend’s back’

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MANCHESTER UNITED were 2-1 winners at PSG as history repeated itself with a late goal from Marcus Rashford.

Meanwhile Ed Woodward has called for the government to allow fans back into Old Trafford.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford below…

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2pm Arsenal news LIVE: Ozil blasts Gunners’ lack of loyalty, Wenger hits out at fans, Aubameyang LATEST

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MESUT OZIL has been left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad in an incredible fall from grace for the midfield magician.

And the midfielder has taken to social media to blast the club’s lack of loyalty and declare his intention to keep fighting injustice.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip, news and updates below…

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