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FA Cup roundup: Shrewsbury almost upset Wolves; Man City ease through

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The big story in the FA Cup fourth round games at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday was that high-flying Wolverhampton Wanderers were heading out of the competition at the hands of third-tier Shrewsbury Town… but then Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men surged back and rescued a replay in stoppage time.

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Sitting in eighth in the Premier League, Wolves put out a strong team away at Shrewsbury but a fine goal from Greg Docherty (after a superb run from Fejiri Okenabirhie) set the Shrews on their way to what they thought was a huge upset. Oliver Norburn then whipped in a corner, after collecting a piece of paper which was in his shorts, and Luke Waterfall headed home to make it 2-0. But then Wolves came surging back.

First Raul Jimenez made it 2-1 and then Matt Doherty headed home an equalizer in stoppage time to make it 2-2 and set up a replay at Molinuex. Drama.

Another potential upset saw third-tier Portsmouth go ahead against QPR after Lee Brown’s cross was put into his own net by Joel Lynch, but Nakhi Wells equalized for second-tier QPR as Steve McLaren’s side will host Pompey in a replay at Loftus Road.

Fourth-tier Newport County scored in stoppage time to also get a replay, as former Middlesbrough academy player Matty Dolan popped up to make it 1-1 against Tony Pulis‘ men at the Riverside. The Welsh side continue their fairytale run and will have another big game at Rodney Parade.

Doncaster Rovers are through to the last 16 for the first time since 1956, as Ben Whiteman scored twice including a 90th minute winner from the penalty spot.

Manchester City eased to victory against Burnley as Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero were all on target at the Etihad Stadium in a 5-0 win. Pep Guardiola‘s men have now scored 28 goals in their last six games without conceding.

Watford beat Newcastle at St James’ Park in the other all-PL clash on Saturday, as Andre Gray latched onto a lovely ball from Will Hughes to make it 1-0 and Issac Success completed the win late on.

Below is a look at the results, so far, from the FA Cup fourth round games on Saturday.


Results from FA Cup Saturday

Accrington Stanley 0-1 Derby County – Recap, video
Doncaster Rovers 2-1 Oldham Athletic
Newcastle United 0-2 Watford
Middlesbrough 1-1 Newport County
Manchester City 5-0 Burnley
Portsmouth 1-1 QPR
Swansea City 4-1 Gillingham
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 West Bromwich Albion
Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Former Arsenal, Brazil midfielder Baptista announces retirement

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Julio Baptista’s time at Arsenal only lasted 12 months, but it was a memorable stint.

The Brazilian, who played the 2006-07 season for the Gunners, announced his retirement on Thursday at the age of 37. The former Brazil international only managed 10 goals with Arsenal, but they came in bunches.

Baptista memorably scored four goals against Liverpool in the League Cup quarterfinal, as Arsenal finished with a 6-3 win. Baptista even missed a penalty kick that game.

Baptista cemented his legacy later in the season with a brace in the FA Cup against rival Tottenham.

Baptista, clearly an immensely talented player, suffered from being a good, but not great player. He seemed to have no perfect position other than the No. 10, and most teams he played for had better players in that position. It forces him to play along the wings, deeper in midfield or as a striker during the prime of his career.

In the end, injuries beset his career, especially a short spell at Orlando City in MLS.

 

U-20 World Cup Rewind: Italy tops Mexico, host Poland falls on Day 1 (video)

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Italy opened the FIFA Under-20 World Cup with a bang, knocking off fellow Group B favorite Mexico, 2-1, in Gdynia, Poland.

It only took Italy three minutes to get on the board, as Davide Frattesi found a pocket of space in front of the El Tri backline and dribbled in on goal. The Sassuolo midfielder then decided to fire on goal from distance, hitting a rocket into the corner to give Italy a 1-0 lead.

Later in the first half Gianluca Scamacca also took a rip from outside the box, but his strike sailed just wide.

A defensive error on a corner kick gave Diego Lainez and Mexico life. In the 37th minute, AC Milan product Alessandro Plizzari committed a howler, coming out to punch away the curled corner kick. Plizzari missed the ball and it went right to the head of Roberto De La Rosa, who calmly made it 1-1.

El Tri however suffered a blow late in the match as Italy took back the lead. In the 67th minute, Luca Ranieri collected the ball on the edge of the six yard box and from a tight angle, he scored past Mexico goalkeeper Carlos Higuera.

For Mexico, it’s a rough way to start the World Cup, having to go against a perennial power in Italy and playing on European soil. Not all is lost for Mexico, but it has to rebound with a win in its next game against Japan.

Elsewhere, Colombia defeated host Poland, 2-0, Japan tied Ecuador 1-1, and Senegal beat Tahiti, 3-0.

Saudis, Bahrain, UAE join to bid for FIFA’s U-20 World Cup

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GENEVA (AP) Middle East neighbors Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are jointly bidding to host the Under-20 World Cup in 2021.

FIFA says the Gulf plan is among five to express interest in bidding, including Brazil.

Indonesia, Peru and a Myanmar-Thailand joint bid are the others.

FIFA announced the contenders Thursday, one day after dropping a proposal for Qatar to share hosting duties for the 2022 World Cup with regional neighbors.

The 2021 U20 contenders must submit a formal bid by Aug. 30. FIFA’s ruling Council will pick the winner, likely in October.

The 2019 edition kicks off Thursday in Poland.

Putin awards medal to FIFA president Infantino

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MOSCOW (AP) Vladimir Putin has given FIFA president Gianni Infantino a medal.

The Russian president awarded Infantino the Order of Friendship at the Kremlin on Thursday.

Infantino has often said last year’s World Cup in Russia, where the host nation surprisingly reached the quarterfinals, was the best of the 21 editions of the tournament.

Putin thanked the FIFA leader for “your glowing assessment of our efforts.”

Infantino says of Russia’s “bonds of friendship” with soccer “is not the end, it is only the beginning of our fruitful cooperation and interaction.”

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