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FA Cup: Arsenal crash out, Liverpool and Tottenham survive major scares

FA Cup: Arsenal crash out, Liverpool and Tottenham survive main scares | Soccer Information

Arsenal turned the highest-profile casualties of the FA Cup third spherical because the 14-time winners misplaced 1-0 at Nottingham Forest, however Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur averted early exits after scares in opposition to lower-league sides on Sunday (January 9). Forest repeated their third-round win over Arsenal in 2018 due to substitute Lewis Grabban’s 83rd-minute end.
Liverpool got here from a objective right down to win 4-1 in opposition to third-tier Shrewsbury City, whereas Tottenham trailed till the 74th minute at dwelling to third-tier Morecambe earlier than profitable 3-1. A lacklustre Arsenal did not muster a shot on the right track and will don’t have any complaints about solely their second third-round defeat in 26 seasons.
Forest greater than matched their guests and Grabban, surprisingly left on the bench at first, made a huge effect as he stretched out a leg to transform a Ryan Yates cross and seal a fourth-round Midlands derby in opposition to top-flight Leicester Metropolis. “I’m actually happy with the boys, happy with the efficiency. It’s good to get via and I hope the gamers now actually consider in what we’re doing,” mentioned Forest boss Steve Cooper.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta provided a frank evaluation. “They received, they scored a objective and we didn’t. We weren’t ok and we now have to apologise for it,” he mentioned.
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Liverpool began with few first-team regulars and 5 kids and had been behind within the twenty seventh minute when Daniel Udoh slid in Nathanael Ogbeta’s cross from shut vary. Teenaged winger Kaide Gordon equalised seven minutes later with a relaxed end and Fabinho gave Liverpool the lead simply earlier than halftime from the penalty spot.
Substitute Roberto Firmino scored with an excellent backheel within the 78th minute and Fabinho wrapped it up together with his second objective in stoppage time, blasting in from a decent angle. “If you get the primary objective in opposition to you, so many issues can occur however I favored the way in which we responded,” supervisor Juergen Klopp, who returned to the touchline after his restoration from COVID-19, informed the BBC.
Shrewsbury supervisor Steve Cotterill mentioned: “I don’t suppose it was a 4-1 sport. However, as soon as they obtained the third objective we most likely weren’t going to get again into the sport, being a realist.”
Tottenham’s late rally
Antonio Conte’s Tottenham left the sector to loud boos at halftime as they trailed to Morecambe, courtesy of Anthony O’Connor’s sharp volley after being left unmarked from a nook within the thirty third minute. It was solely when Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Oliver Skipp got here off the bench halfway via the second half that the eight-times winners started to appear like avoiding a shock exit.
Harry Winks equalised with a free kick that was meant as a cross however flew in and Moura then stole possession in midfield earlier than racing via to spherical keeper Trevor Carson and slot in. Kane wrapped up the win with a neat end after being neatly picked out by Giovani Lo Celso.
“We need to win as a result of in these kind of video games you need to present your energy,” Conte mentioned. “They defended with 11 gamers and that’s regular in these video games, however you will need to discover the precise answer.”
Simple for West Ham
West Ham United defeated Leeds 2-0 after Manuel Lanzini scored the opener from shut vary within the thirty fourth minute and Jarrod Bowen scored within the last minute of stoppage-time following Michail Antonio’s go. West Ham face a visit to minor league Kidderminster Harriers, the lowest-ranked aspect remaining, in spherical 4.
Wolverhampton Wanderers loved a 3-0 win in opposition to Sheffield United with two targets from Daniel Podence and one other from Nelson Semedo, whereas Premier League backside membership Norwich Metropolis earned a morale-boosting 1-0 win at Charlton Athletic due to a second-half objective from Milot Rashica. Two fourth-tier sides had their runs ended as Stoke Metropolis beat Leyton Orient 2-0 and Luton City thrashed Harrogate City 4-0. Cardiff Metropolis defeated Preston North Finish 2-1 in further time.
(with Reuters inputs)

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