Kante sinks defending FA Cup champs
LONDON, England (AP):
N'Golo Kante sent Chelsea into an FA Cup semi final meeting with Tottenham by ending Manchester United's title defence on Monday, sealing a 1-0 victory after the holder's Ander Herrera was dismissed on a fiery night at Stamford Bridge.
Herrera was booked twice - the first time harshly - for fouling Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, leaving United a man down from the 35th minute while already trying to cope without suspended top-scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Kante broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half after France teammate Paul Pogba failed to close him down before unleashing a shot from 20 yards (meters) that beat goalkeeper David De Gea.
It was only the second goal for the midfield enforcer since joining Chelsea last year as a Premier League champion from Leicester. The other also came in the league against United, which hasn't won at Chelsea in five years.