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FA Cup round-up: Manchester United, West Ham win

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The early set of FA Cup matches is complete, with just two matches headed for replays.

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Manchester United 2-0 Reading

Juan Mata put the Red Devils ahead, and then gave Alexis Sanchez the green light to slip Romelu Lukaku on goal for a second goal before the break against the relegation-threatened Championship visitors.

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Curacao-born 19-year-old Tahith Chong made his full debut, becoming the 229th academy graduate to play for United.

West Ham United 2-0 Birmingham City

Mark Arnautovic scored in the second minute for the Irons, and for a while it looked like it would be all the Irons would need at the London Stadium. In stoppage time, Andy Carroll scored his first goal since April.

Bournemouth 1-3 Brighton and Hove Albion

As far as aesthetically-pleasing goals go, Anthony Knockaert‘s finish of a back heel pass is among the top examples. Yves Bissouma and Florin Andone also scored for the visitors.

Elsewhere

Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Luton Town
Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Stoke City
Burnley 1-0 Barnsley
West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Wigan Athletic

Still to come

10 a.m. ET
Bolton Wanderers v. Walsall
Gillingham v. Cardiff City
Brentford v. Oxford United
Everton v. Lincoln City
Chelsea v. Nottingham Forest
Derby County v. Southampton
Accrington Stanley v. Ipswich Town
Fleetwood Town v. AFC Wimbledon
Middlesbrough v. Peterborough United
Aston Villa v. Swansea City

12:30 p.m. ET
Newcastle United v. Blackburn Rovers
Crystal Palace v. Grimsby Town
Bristol City v. Huddersfield Town
Blackpool v. Arsenal
Norwich City v. Portsmouth

Hazard runs Chelsea past Brighton

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  • Goal, assist for Hazard
  • Pedro scores
  • March pulls one back

Eden Hazard had a goal and an assist in the first half as Chelsea beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 on Sunday at the Amex Stadium.

Pedro scored Chelsea’s other goal as the Blues go fourth with 37 points, two back of Spurs.

Solly March nabbed Brighton’s marker, as the Seagulls are 13th with 21 points.

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David Luiz‘s early free kick sailed to Mat Ryan, as Chelsea issued the first test of the day.

Anthony Knockaert drew a foul in the 8th minute to set up a right-flank free kick, but it didn’t get past the first defender on the line.

Willian slipped Marcos Alonso through for a chance that led to a free kick in the 15th minute, but Willian’s effort hit the wall.

Chelsea went ahead soon after, Pedro at the back post to slam a well-slid Eden Hazard pass into the goal.

Brighton struggled to gather itself together, though Solly March forced Kepa Arrizabalaga into a save around the half-hour mark.

Willian picked off a Leon Balogun entry pass, and immediately sent Hazard through 1v1 with Ryan. The Belgian rolled a smooth effort past the keeper, and it was 2-0 in the 33rd.

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A mess in the Brighton box just after halftime led to a desperate and acrobatic kick from Pedro flying over the frame.

Alonso then hit the bar in the 63rd.

Brighton pulled to within one. Two minutes after threatening the Chelsea goal, March was a flash quicker than David Luiz to react to a bouncing ball across the box.

10-man Leicester battle for point at Brighton

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  • Brighton’s Glenn Murray has scored six goals in his six home PL games this season
  • Jamie Vardy scores late penalty kick
  • Leicester 4 PL games unbeaten

10-man Leicester City fought back to draw 1-1 with Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Glenn Murray gave Brighton the lead with a flicked header, but Jamie Vardy’s late penalty kick secured a point for Leicester.

The Foxes now have 18 points for the season and sit in 10th, while Brighton are in 12th on 15.

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Leicester had a penalty shout early on as Shinji Okazaki went down in the box but nothing was given.

Brighton almost took the lead after nicking the ball back in a dangerous area, then Beram Kayal‘s shot was tipped wide by Kasper Schmeichel.

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Soon after the Seagulls were ahead as veteran striker Murray flicked home a near post header from a corner into the net to continue his fine start to the season.

It got worse for Leicester before half time as James Maddison was shown a red card after two yellows in quick succession. First he was booked for fouling Anthony Knockaert, then he went down in the box and was shown a second yellow for simulation.

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In the second half Leicester battled their way back into the game and they were handed a perfect opportunity to grab a point.

Kayal lunged into a tackle in the box on Kelechi Iheanacho and Vardy stepped up to slam the spot kick home.

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That equalizer led to wild celebrations in the away end, as Leicester’s players battled until the final whistle for a point.

WATCH: Leicester City, Cardiff City honor Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

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The tragic deaths of five, including Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, shook the football world last weekend.

The Foxes returned to the field on Saturday with heavy hearts, honoring their late owner along with hosts Cardiff City.

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Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral began earlier Saturday in Bangkok.

The minute’s silence was moving, with nothing audible save a few coughs and a windy Cardiff City Stadium.

A wreath was laid at midfield, as Leicester’s entire team formed a half-circle on their side of midfield.

Former Leicester City winger Anthony Knockaert (below) wore a tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha on his warm-up ahead of Brighton’s match at Leicester.

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City warms up while waring a commemorative t-shirt for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Anthony Knockaert of Brighton and Hove Albion is seen wearing a t-shirt to commemorate Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha . (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Man City 2-0 Brighton: Aguero and Sterling on target

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  • Manchester City held nearly 80% possession
  • Sergio Aguero scored his 5th goal of the season
  • Man City earned its third clean sheet in a row

Manchester City had little trouble moving to the top of the Premier League table on Saturday, brushing Brighton & Hove Albion aside for a 2-0 win. Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero put the finishing touches on the pair of goals and City was never truly put to the test at the back.

The match started quite open, as both teams earned corners in the opening two minutes. Aguero tried an audacious overhead kick in traffic but it was weak and blocked.  Anthony Knockaert earned himself an early caution with a late, studs-up tackle on Oleksandr Zinchenko, catching the Ukranian square in the shin. Knockaert may consider himself lucky to remain on the pitch with just a yellow card shown.

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Brighton hardly had a touch of the ball as Manchester City had 70% possession through the opening 20 minutes. The hosts pummeled the Brighton box with 12 crosses over that span, but failed to produce a shot on target. Finally, they opened up the Seagulls right on the half-hour mark and it came on the counter. Leroy Sane forced the turnover, and he made a run which Aguero found, with the German crossing across the face of goal to Raheem Sterling for the sliding finish.

City continued to push forward, and Sane pulled back for Zinchenko on 37 minutes, but his stinging shot was blocked. Sterling put on a show weaving through the box past defenders, but his effort towards the near post was just tipped over by Matthew Ryan.

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Following the halftime break, City remained the more dangerous team by a clear margin. Near the half-hour mark, a second was nearly produced as Sane rifled a cross into the box, but the Brighton defenders threw their bodies around to block three separate efforts on net.

That second would come shortly after on 65 minutes, and it was spectacular. Sergio Aguero ran straight down the middle on the ball past no fewer than five Brighton defenders before feeding Sterling on the left. The England international didn’t stay on the ball long, returning it to Aguero at close range, and he finished easily.

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City’s second would wrap things up, as Pep Guardiola withdrew Sane and and Aguero with 20 minutes to go. Brighton threatened little all match, with just 21% possession and one lone shot on target. The three points at the Etihad push Manchester City up to the top of the Premier League table at the moment, with Liverpool still to play. Brighton sits in 14th, stuck in the crowded bottom half of the table with five points.