Following last week’s FA Cup third round fixtures, seven places in the competition’s fourth round were still up for grabs as this week’s third round replays got underway. Four of the seven replays were played on Tuesday, with all but one going to extra time, and two of the three ending in penalty shootouts.
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West Ham United 2-2 (9-8 on PKs) Everton
It took 10 rounds of penalties for West Ham to come out on top, and that wasn’t even the highlight Tuesday’s only third round replay involving two Premier League teams — goalkeepers taking penalty kicks. West Ham keeper Adrian was able to convert his effort from 12 yards out after Everton’s Joel Robles was unable to beat his counterpart moments earlier.
Enner Valencia gave West Ham the first lead of the game when he slotted a shot past Robles to the far post in the 51st minute. Despite having midfielder Aiden McGeady sent off just five minutes later, Everton continued to fight and pulled back level with just eight minutes to play in regular time. Kevin Mirallas scored on a free kick from a near-impossible angle on the left-side edge of the 18-yard-box.
Everton, down a man for 40 minutes at this point, actually took the lead in extra time as Romelu Lukaku poked home a dangerous Mirallas cross in the 97th minute. Carlton Cole equalized for West Ham, though, with seven minutes of extra time still to play, sending the game to penalties. Steven Naismith and Stewart Downing were the only penalty takers to miss before Robles’s fateful smack against the crossbar.
Sam Allardyce’s side will now be away to Bristol City in the fourth round (Sunday, Jan. 25, 9 am ET).
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-3 (3-5 on PKs) Fulham
In the only all-Championship matchup of the day, Wolves were up 3-2 in extra time and mere seconds away from eliminating Fulham, before giving away a penalty in the 122nd minute. Defender Richard Stearman handled the ball inside the penalty area and Ross McCormack stepped up and converted to go along with Cauley Woodrow’s regular-time brace and knot things up at threes.
Matt Doherty, going second for Wolves, missed the shootout’s only penalty try well before Hugo Rodellaga scored Fulham’s fifth and final attempt, putting Kit Symons’ men into the fourth round where they’ll be away to Premier League side Sunderland.
Elsewhere in FA third round replays
Bristol City 2-0 Doncaster
Chesterfield 2-0 (after extra time) Scunthorpe