FA Cup third round replay roundup: West Ham, Fulham through; Everton out on penalties

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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.

[ MORE: Full FA Cup third round results ]

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.

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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

Chelsea signs Tomori to new 5-year deal

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Chelsea center back Fikayo Tomori earned a new five-year contract with the club.

The 21-year-old has a goal and an assist in 16 matches across all competitions, though he’s spent the past two Premier League outings on the bench.

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Tomori joined Chelsea at age 7, and made his Premier League debut in the 2016 season finale versus Leicester City.

He averages 2.3 tackles per game, with 1.7 interceptions, and 2.6 clearances in Premier League action this season.

From ChelseaFC.com:

“The club has been so good to me, looking after and developing me during that time into the player and the person I am today. It’s a dream come true to sign a new five-year contract. I’m really happy the club have shown this faith in me and I’m just excited to carry on.”

The 21-year-old Tomori became a full England international after loan stints to Brighton and Hove Albion, Hull City, and Derby County. The latter stop found him under Frank Lampard, which certainly didn’t hurt his opportunity to shine at the parent club this season.

Chelsea has four strong, young center backs in Tomori, Kurt Zouma (25), Andreas Christensen (23), and Antonio Rudiger (26). Christensen and Rudiger are signed through the 2021/22 season, while Zouma’s deal goes one season longer than the duo.

Jota takes super sub to new level in Wolves win

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Sometimes the phrase “game changer” is used a bit too loosely, but there’s no debating Diogo Jota fit the bill to a ‘t’ on Thursday.

Wolves scored four times in 11 minutes, three coming courtesy Jota, as the Premier League side buried Besiktas 4-0 in Europa League play on Thursday.

Jota entered in the 56th minute, scored in the 57th, and completed his hat trick in the 68th.

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Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men had already clinched a place in the knockout rounds before the match day, and finish one point below Braga in Group K.

Jota has five goals in five days after scoring twice against Brighton on Sunday. The 23-year-old had an up-and-down season to start but has been mostly good over the past half-dozen games.

He has 37 goals in 107 matches with Wolves, including nine in all competitions this season. He scored nine times last season after a 17-goal campaign in the Championship.

Leander Dendoncker had Wolves’ other goal, with the day’s assists going to Oskar Buur, Joao Moutinho, and Pedro Neto.


Who can Premier League clubs draw in Europa League?

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Group winners Arsenal and Manchester United will avoid a loaded batch of seeded teams, while runners-up Wolves can draw a bevy of powerful teams in the Europa League Round of 32.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo can find himself drawn against former club Porto, but also could have to match wits with Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, Inter Milan’s Antonio Conte, or Red Bull Salzburg’s Jesse Marsch.

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Speaking of Marsch, the Salzburg boss could go from meeting Liverpool to squaring off with Steven Gerrard and Rangers.

Gerrard could also, of course, go up against hated playing days’ rival Manchester United.

Seeded teams
Inter Milan
Istanbul Basaksehir
Manchester United
Red Bull Salzburg

Unseeded teams
APOEL Nicosia
AZ Alkmaar
Bayer Leverkusen
Club Brugge
CFR Cluj
Eintracht Frankfurt
Ludogorets Razgrad
Shakhtar Donetsk
Sporting Lisbon

Who can Premier League teams draw in the Round of 32?

Arsenal: APOEL Nicosia, AZ Alkmaar, Bayer Leverkusen, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, CFR Cluj, Ludogorets Razgrad, Olympiacos, Rangers, Roma, Wolfsburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting Lisbon

Manchester United: APOEL Nicosia, Bayer Leverkusen, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, CFR Cluj, Eintracht Frankfurt, Ludogorets Razgrad, Olympiacos, Rangers, Roma, Wolfsburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting Lisbon

Wolves: Ajax, Basel, Benfica, Celtic, Espanyol, Gent, Inter Milan, Istanbul Basaksehir, LASK, Malmo, Porto, Red Bull Salzburg, Sevilla

Four-star Manchester United wins Europa League group

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Manchester United is in fine feather and showing it, smashing AZ Alkmaar in a stylish 4-0 win at Old Trafford in Europa League play on Thursday.

Juan Mata had a goal and set up two others, while Mason Greenwood scored twice after Ashley Young opened the scoring in a group-claiming victory.

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United wins the group with 13 points, conceding just twice in six matches.

The Red Devils have won three-straight matches, as AZ joins Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the loss column. Up next is a Sunday visit from Everton in the Premier League before Wednesday’s League Cup quarterfinal visit from Colchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed starts to James Garner, Brandon Williams, and Axel Tuanzebe, bringing youngsters Ethan Laird and Tahith Chong off the bench.

Greenwood, 18, now has six goals in 22 senior appearances, while Mata, 31, gets on the score sheet for the first time this season.

For his career, the award-winning Spaniard is doing okay, though: 125 goals and 149 assists in 542 senior appearances.