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Emirates 19-20 FA Cup: 5th round report

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Chelsea storm into the quarter-finals; Liverpool knocked out

5th Round Results

Leicester City 10Birmingham City
Sheffield Wednesday 01Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur 11Norwich City 
Chelsea20Liverpool
Reading12Sheffield United
West Bromwich Albion 23Newcastle United
Portsmouth02Arsenal
Derby County 03Manchester United

The 5th round of the FA Cup was a good one for Premier League sides as all of them except for Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool progressed into the Round of 8. Jose Mourinho’s Spurs had to suffer humiliation at hands of PL bottom-scraper Norwich City who knocked the former out in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 28 years.Norwich went behind in the penalty shootout when Kenny McLean’s first kick was saved by Michel Vorm, Erik Lamela bungled when his spot-kick hit the crossbar for Spurs. Troy Parrott and Gedson Fernandes saw their shots being pared away by Norwich goalie Tim Krul who was by far the hero at the Tottenham stadium on Wednesday night.

Just when it looked that play would go into extra-time at the King Power stadium, Leicester full-back Marc Albrighton’s cross eluded Birmingham goalkeeper Lee Camp only to find Ricardo Pereira who headed the ball in to give the Foxes their lone winner. Pereira’s goal was the first in four games for the out-of-form Premier League’s No.3 side and gave them some consolation as they edged into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.  

Twin strikes from January signing Odion Ighalo in the 41st and 70th minutes and one from Luke Shaw in the 33rd at the Pride Park Arena ensured a quarter-final berth for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United where they take on Norwich City. Championship side and 2nd rung side Derby County started the proceedings on a front foot inside the first 20 minutes Louis Sibley squandered a chance to score by shooting wide of the visitors’ goal. Shortly after, Wayne Rooney’s free-kick saw United reserve goalkeeper Sergio Romero tipping his effort around the post. Derby were made to pay for their misses by the visiting Red Devils who struck twice before half-time through Ighalo and Shaw. The 30-year old Ighalo crashed one into the roof of the net with just 20 minutes of the match to go and it was 0-3 for United.

In the big match of the midweek, Chelsea knocked out 2019-20 Premier League leaders Liverpool to storm into the Round of 8 and set themselves up for a clash with Leicester City. Jurgen Klopp made seven changes to the side that suffered a shocking maiden defeat to PL minions Watford on Saturday but were left struggling at Stamford Bridge. Key strikers Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino were introduced late into the game to reverse a 0-2 scoreline but to no avail as they made little impact on Blues’ goalkeeper Kepa  Arrizabalaga. Frank Lampard’s Chelsea distinctly looked the more urgent side throughout and goals from Willian and Ross Barkley were enough to see them through to the next round. 

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Ross Barkley’s strike in the 64th minute and Chelsea’s second was indeed the goal of the day. The 26-year old English mid-fielder took possession in his own half, surged forward in a steaming solo run and crashed a right-footed shot past a hapless Reds goalie Adrian.

Premier League and FA Cup title holders Manchester City edged past second-tier side Sheffield Wednesday on the back of a 53rd minute Sergio Aguero goal to set up a meeting with Newcastle in the Round of 8.

Steve Bruce’s Magpies stormed to a 3-0 a little after half-time against West Bromwich Albion, inspired by a double strike from Miguel Almiron in the 33rd and 46th minutes of play. Inter Milan loanee Valentino Lazaro’s goal in the 47th minute seemed to put the match beyond the hosts’ reach but a somewhat complacent Newcastle almost allowed The Baggies to stage an unlikely comeback. Goals from Matt Phillips and substitute Kenneth Zohore in injury time reduced the margin of defeat but it wasn’t enough to save the day for Albion.

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta took a selection gamble when he started of with six players under 20 in the team’s Round of 16 clash with League One and third-tier side Portsmouth. It turned out to be a bold one as the home side had not lost in their previous 19 games at Fratton Park and had won straight in the last ten. The Pompey played well but could not stop the visiting Gunners from going ahead when Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ volleyed in from a Reiss Nelson’s cross on the stroke of half-time. 20-year old Eddie Nketiah, making only his 6th appearance for Arsenal this season, doubled the lead for his side by bundling one home from another Reiss Nelson’s cross in the 51st minute. With the 2-0 win, Arteta’s men foisted themselves into the quarter-finals where they meet top-half Premier league side Sheffield United who are into the last eight stage by virtue of their 0-1 away win over Reading.

The quarter-final line-up of games to be played on Saturday 21 March 2020

Sheffield United VS Arsenal

Newcastle United VS Manchester City

Norwich City VS Manchester United

Leicester City VS Chelsea

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