English F.A. Cup: Lincoln City and Millwall Highlight F.A. Cup Upsets
One of Europe’s historic and prestigious competitions resumed Saturday, as 16 teams continued to fight for F.A. Cup glory.
Out of the 16 teams remaining in this years F.A. Cup tournament, eight of them were from the Barclays Premier League. The other eight ranged from the second-tier down to the fifth-tier.
Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester City were in action on Saturday, while reigning league champs Leicester City also featured.
Here is a rundown of all the F.A. Cup action on Saturday. Video highlights of each match can be found in the respective score-line.
Burnley 0 – Lincoln City 1
Lincoln City pulled a massive upset at Turf Moor to advance to the quarterfinals of the F.A. Cup. Sean Raggett‘s 89th minute header squeaked in which gave the visiting non-league side a huge win. It was the visitors only effort on goal, while Burnley had five efforts on goal out of 17. Lincoln posed a threat on the counter, while frustrating Burnley on several occasions. Scott Arfield missed several good opportunities for the hosts, while Lincoln become the first non-league side to make it to the quarterfinals since 1914.
Middlesbrough 3 – Oxford United 2
Premier League outfit Middlesbrough earned a late victory at the Riverside after Oxford gave them a scare. Grant Leadbitter‘s 26th minute penalty had the hosts up 1-0, before Rudy Gestede doubled their lead eight minutes later. Chris Maguire connected with a free-kick in the 64th to make it 2-1, before Antonio Martinez tapped home Maguire’s effort a minute later to level it for Oxford. Substitute Cristhian Stuani won it for the hosts four minutes from time to stamp Middlesbrough into the quarterfinals. Oxford keeper Simon Eastwood made five saves in the loss, while Brad Guzan made three.
Millwall 1 – Leicester City 0
Millwall’s surprising F.A. Cup run continued after they eliminated their third straight Premier League opponent. Despite being out-possessed 65%-35% at home, Millwall got a 90th minute winner from defender Shaun Cummings to earn the win. The hosts were down to 10-men from the 52nd minute on after defender Jake Cooper earned a second yellow card. Leicester’s offensive woes continued as they only mustered three efforts on-goal out of 19 shots. Claudio Ranieri‘s side have failed to record a goal in four of their last five fixtures in all competitions.
Huddersfield Town 0 – Manchester City 0
A match between two high-flying sides ended in a 0-0 draw at John Smith Stadium. David Wagner‘s side sit third in the Championship, and were on a run of six straight wins in all comps. Pep Guardiola‘s Manchester City had won their last four in all competitions as well. Jack Payne‘s 26th minute free-kick was the hosts best chance of the match, while Man City’s Sergio Aguero had two good efforts saved. For a scoreless draw, the match was surely entertaining with both teams creating numerous chances. Despite 63% possession, Manchester City will have to deal with a replay at the Etihad Stadium at the end of the month. I expect the Premier League side to hold off the challengers, with the advantage of being at home for the replay.
Wolverhampton 0 – Chelsea 2
Premier League leaders Chelsea defeated Wolves at Molineux to also advance to the quarterfinals. The sides were scoreless after the opening half, but Antonio Conte‘s side got the breakthrough after 65 minutes. Pedro‘s 10th goal in all comps put the league leaders in-front as he headed home Willian‘s assist. Diego Costa rifled home his 16th goal in all comps in the 89th minute to put the game out of reach for the second-tier side. Chelsea keeper Asmir Begovic made two saves in the clean sheet, while Wolves were kept on the back foot for most of the match.
Sunday sees two more F.A. Cup fixtures take place as Fulham welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Craven Cottage in the early match. Manchester United travel to second-tier Blackburn Rovers who have been struggling to find their form.
Monday sees the other non-league side, Sutton United host Arsenal in a “David vs. Goliath” fixture.
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