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Wolves reach FA Cup quarterfinals (video)

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Wolverhampton Wanderers are into the last eight of the FA Cup for the first time in 16 years, as Ivan Cavaleiro‘s first half goal was enough to edge the Premier League side past a spirited Bristol City on Sunday.

Second-tier Bristol City had several big chances in the second half but their run of nine-straight wins in all competitions came to an end as Nuno Espirito Santo‘s Wolves are now among the favorites to win the FA Cup.

The team who sit in seventh place in the Premier League continue their incredible season.

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After a bright start from Wolves at Ashton Gate, the home side forced their way back into the game and created plenty of chances.

But just as the home side got a foothold in the game, Wolves took the lead.

Conor Coady‘s fine long ball found Matt Doherty and he pulled it back for Cavaleiro to slot home down the center and past Frank Fielding.

Raul Jimenez and Doherty then combined moments later as the latter clipped the post with a deflected effort, then Leander Dendoncker forced Fielding into a solid stop as the Premier League side threatened to run away with things.

In the second half Bristol City battled their way back into the game as substitutes Marlon Pack and Matty Taylor made a big difference.

After a great run from Marcus Brownhill it was Taylor who almost nicked the ball past John Ruddy, while Pack forced Wolves’ goalkeeper into a save after his shot from distance.

At the other end Joao Moutinho clipped the crossbar after Fielding got fingertips to his effort, while Bristol pushed forward late on in search of an equalizer.

Morgan Gibbs-White was denied by Fielding late on as Bristol were wide-open to counters as they pushed forward, and they should have taken the game to extra time.

Ruddy tipped over a shot from Taylor, Pack then somehow skied over the bar from close-range and then Romain Saiss cleared off the line.

Wolves were let off the hook and reached the last eight of the FA Cup for the first time since 2003.

FA Cup roundup: Wolves come back to beat Shrewsbury Town, and more

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For the second time, Shrewsbury Town was leading one of the top 20 clubs in Britain before conceding to tie the score. This time, they couldn’t hold on.

Ivan Cavaleiro’s second half goal put the finishing touches on a Wolverhampton Wanderers comeback as Wolves defeated Shrewsbury Town, 3-2, in a Fifth Round FA Cup replay. Matt Doherty, who assisted on the game-winner, scored Wolves’ first two goals in the first half.

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Wolves got off to a perfect start when Doherty poked home at the far post in the second minute to give the hosts the lead. But in the 11th minute, Shrewsbury struck back as James Bolton headed home off a corner kick.

Shrewsbury took a shock lead yet again as Josh Laurent’s strike was mishandled by Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy and it slipped into the net in the 40th minute. Five minutes later, Doherty saved the day for Wolves, heading a mistimed-clearance in to tie the match at 2-2.

In the 62nd minute, Cavaliero, fed by Doherty, cut through the Shrewsbury defense and scored to give Wolves a lead they would hold on to.

Elsewhere, League Two side Newport County stunned Championship club Middlesbrough, 2-0, advancing to host Manchester City in the fifth round.


FA Cup Replay scores

Brentford 3-1 Barnet

Newport 2-0 Middlesborough

QPR 2-0 Portsmouth

Jimenez, Neves lead Wolves past Liverpool in FA Cup

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It’s one-and-done for Liverpool in the FA Cup.

Wolves beat a weakened Liverpool 2-1 at the Molineux Stadium on Monday to cap off the third round of the FA Cup.

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Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves scored for the hosts, with Divock Origi scoring for Liverpool.

It was an even-enough match in terms of chances. Liverpool started the match with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino on the bench, the latter two emerging as subs with Liverpool trailing in the second half.

Virgil Van Dijk did not make the trip to the Molineux, and a sixth-minute injury to Dejan Lovren meant 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever paired with Fabinho at center back.

A James Milner mistakes helped cue Jimenez up for the opener, but Origi responded with a pretty goal through traffic to make it 1-1.

But Neves, who’s proven capable of stunners, added another goal from distance to restore Wolves’ lead.

And Xherdan Shaqiri‘s late free kick was just altered by a flying John Ruddy and hit the post and bounded away from goal.

The Reds also bowed out of the League Cup in the first match, falling at home to Chelsea.

LIVE, FA Cup: Wolves v. Liverpool in third round finale

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An all-Premier League FA Cup tie takes place Monday at Molinuex, as Wolverhampton Wanderers host Liverpool (kick off, 2:45 p.m. ET) in the final third round clash.

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In team news Wolves make five changes with John Ruddy, Leander Dendoncker, Ruben Vinagre, Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota all coming into the team.

Liverpool make nine changes and hand full debuts to Rafael Camacho and Curtis Jones, with Simon Mignolet starting in goal and Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all on the bench.

Click on the link above to follow the action, while below are the lineups for both teams.


LINEUPS

Wolves: Ruddy; Bennett, Coady, Bolly; Otto, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Vinagre; Jota, Jimenez. Subs: Norris, Doherty, Cavaleiro, Costa, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Adama

Liverpool: Mignolet; Camacho, Fabinho, Lovren, Moreno; Milner, Keita, Jones; Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi. Subs: Kelleher, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Hoever, Christie-Davies, Alexander-Arnold

Race for Premier League promotion beginning to heat up

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The race for promotion to the Premier League has taken a wild and unexpected turn.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have all but secured the title with a nine point lead and five matches remaining. However, directly below them is where things have suddenly become hairy.

Cardiff City seemed to have second place done and dusted, with a return to the Premier League for the first time since 2013 almost ensured as they sat on a seven-match winning streak and without a loss since New Year’s Day, holding a seven-point lead plus a game in hand as March wound down. Now, just a week later, things could potentially be falling apart as the race heats up.

Following a draw to 9th placed Sheffield United, Cardiff hosted leaders Wolves on Friday in a top-of-the-table meeting, and chaos ensued. Wolves held nearly 2/3 of the possession and went ahead 1-0 past the hour mark as Ruben Neves bagged a beautiful free-kick goal, looping his close-range effort over the wall and tucking it inside the left post.

As the game wound down, Cardiff began to push forward as they looked for a late equalizer. They earned a penalty as stoppage time began, and Gary Madine stepped up to take it hoping for his 11th goal of the year. Instead, former Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy dove to his left and acrobatically kept the effort out, preserving the lead as a big celebration ensued. But the fireworks weren’t over.

Six minutes later, as Cardiff continued to press forward in desperation, Wolves’ Ivan Cavaleiro chopped down Aron Gunnarsson on the edge of the box, and the linesman flagged for a foul. That brought a second stoppage-time penalty opportunity for Cardiff still trailing by a goal. This time, former QPR winger Junior Hoilett stepped up to the spot, but his effort clanged the underside of the bar and came back out, and Cardiff could not capitalize on the ensuing scrum.

The loss means Cardiff has wasted its game in hand, suddenly dropping five points in the last two matches, sitting now five points above Fulham in third. The Whites are in spectacular form, unbeaten in a club-record 18 straight matches and leading the Championship form table. Fulham still has memories of playoff failure from last season, and would love to secure automatic promotion with a late-season charge, playing stunningly beautiful possession-based soccer under Slavisa Jokanovic.

Meanwhile, Cardiff next faces fourth-placed Aston Villa, who also remains in contention for promotion just two points back of Fulham. The pressure seems to be getting to Cardiff manager Neil Warnock, who refused to shake the hand of Wolves manager Nuno after the loss on Friday, instead firing some flowery language in his direction for his post-match celebration while applauding the home fans. He chastised Nuno after the game, telling Sky Sports in his post-match interview “in the British game you need to have manners and a bit of class.”

The remaining playoff places are currently occupied by Derby County and Middlesbrough who sit 15 and 17 points back of Cardiff City in 2nd, but that battle is raging as well. Just off the pace sits Bristol City, Millwall, and Sheffield United all at 62 points, just one behind Middlesbrough’s final playoff spot. Preston is another two back of that on 60 points, while Brentford is two behind them at 58.