Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have reached the semifinals of the women’s Continental League Cup with wins in Wednesday’s last eight draws.
The same four teams also reached the semifinals last season.
Manchester City won 4-0 in the Sheffield United championship with a hat trick from Pauline Bremer, while Chelsea beat second-tier leaders Aston Villa 3-1.
Manchester United defeated Brighton 2-1, while Kim Little scored in late 2019 while the 2019 Arsenal finalists beat Reading 1-0.
The semi-finals are scheduled for 29-30 January, with a date for confirming the draw.
This year’s final will be held in a neutral venue not yet specified on Saturday 29 February, according to the broadcasting programs.
Three times City winners and five times Arsenal winners are the only two teams to have won the cup since its inception in 2011. The two teams have met in the last two finals.
Bremer is once again the protagonist of Man City
The Gunners were forced to work hard for their victory over a struggling Reading team, but the hosts’ dominance eventually said when Scotland marked his 200th appearance for Arsenal with the five-man winning strike minutes to go.
England midfielder Jordan Nobbs – who was also making his 200th appearance at Gunners – had previously played with top scorer Vivianne Miedema, but the Netherlands forward cut back on his efforts.
There hasn’t been such a late play for City, whose striker in Bremer form continued his good form by scoring 10 goals in five games in all competitions.
The 23-year-old German international had the holders 2-0 lead over the Lame before the interval, after which midfielder Laura Coombs extended the lead before Bremer completed his high notes late.
Elsewhere, Abbie McManus and Jane Ross scored Manchester United with a two-goal lead over Brighton, before Hope Powell’s side secured a nervous conclusion when Kayleigh Green scored the goal in the 82nd minute.
Chelsea had total control of the draw against Villa, but had to wait until the 55th minute of Magdalena Eriksson’s header to unlock the situation.
South Korean director Ji So-yun’s fine ending did two, and although Villa Kerri Welsh’s substitute pulled back one with his first touch after arriving, Emily Murphy’s Chelsea first goal made the game safe.
Despite their cup out on Wednesday, Villa have a six-point lead at the top of the championship and are in the running for promotion to the WSL.