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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

League Cup: Man City wins in PKs; Burton upsets Boro

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It took penalty kicks to separate Leicester City and Man City, while Middlesbrough was booed off the pitch after 90 minutes of an upset loss as the first two quarterfinals of the League Cup were played Tuesday in England.

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Leicester City 1-1 (1-3, PKs) Man City

A bungling batch of penalties ended an entertaining quarterfinal at King Power Stadium, and the reigning champions are alive for their third League Cup in four years.

Christian Fuchs airmailed Leicester City’s second attempt of penalty kicks, but Raheem Sterling chipped his ensuing panenka over the bar for Man City.

It was three-straight misses when Man City’s Arijanet Muric saved James Maddison‘s tame low effort and then nabbed Caglar Soyuncu’s shot to cue up Oleksandar Zinchenko for the winner.

Before that, we learned that Kevin De Bruyne can ball.

Okay, that’s not news, though we haven’t been able to see it in sometime thanks to a pair of knee injuries.

De Bruyne had played just 251 minutes heading into Tuesday’s League Cup quarterfinal at Leicester City, though he’s looking plenty sharp.

Watch the Manchester City midfielder cut his mark with a clever back leg move, then sweep a shot through a defender’s legs and past the reach of Leicester backstop Danny Ward.

It’s delightful stuff. Watch it here.

No sooner had De Bruyne left the contest after 70 minutes, Leicester City restored the stalemate via Marc Albrighton. The veteran midfielder collected a Wilfred Ndidi over-the-top pass with style before lashing past Arijanet Muric.

Middlesbrough 0-1 Burton Albion

There goes Tony Pulis‘ Boro outfit thanks to a strike from Southampton loanee Jake Hesketh, as Burton Albion trumped the ol’ West Bromwich Albion coach at his own game.

The League One side is the only non-Premier League team left in the tournament, and will now face either Man City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, or Bournemouth in the semifinals.

LIVE, League Cup quarters: Leicester v. Man City headlines

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Two League Cup quarterfinals take place on Tuesday, with an all-Premier League tie between Leicester City and Manchester City taking center stage.

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For the second straight season Man City head to Leicester for the quarterfinal, with Pep Guardiola‘s men beating the Foxes on penalty kicks last season on their way to a 3-0 win in the final against Arsenal. With Claude Puel under pressure after recent results, Leicester need a big win to reach the final four and inject new life into their 2018-19 campaign.

City have a strong starting lineup as both Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero start after time spent on the sidelines through injury, while Riyad Mahrez returns to play against his former club. Leicester have also named a strong team with Harry Maguire, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfried Ndidi all starting.

Elsewhere, Middlesbrough is heavily favored against third-tier Burton Albion as Tony Pulis‘ side are the hosts and will look to build from their solid start to the Championship season. Boro currently sit sixth in the second-tier table after a run of four games without a win, while Nigel Clough (a two-time League Cup winner as a player at Nottingham Forest) and Burton are 15th in League One.

Both games kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET.

Click the link above to follow the action, while we will have a wrap of everything that went on in the competition here at Pro Soccer Talk.

Leicester outlasts Saints, advances in League Cup

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Nampalys Mendy scored the decisive penalty kick as Leicester City beat Southampton in the League Cup, 6-5, after a scoreless 90 minutes.

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Manolo Gabbiadini‘s kick was saved by Leicester’s Danny Ward before Mendy bagged the winner, setting up a date with Manchester City in the quarterfinals.

The match was delayed three weeks following the death of Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The Foxes will host City on either Dec. 18 or 19.

This year’s tournament is guaranteed to have a lower tier side in the semifinals, with Tony Pulis‘ Middlesbrough hosting League One’s Burton Albion on Dec. 18.

League Cup quarterfinals (Dec. 18-19)
Arsenal vs. Spurs
Leicester vs. Man City
Middlesbrough vs. Burton Albion
Chelsea vs. Bournemouth

League Cup wrap: Chelsea, Arsenal outlast upset bids

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Six of eight quarterfinalists’ slots have been earned in the League Cup, with Arsenal and Chelsea each dodging Wednesday upset bids.

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Burton Albion and Bournemouth won Tuesday matches, with Leicester City-Southampton and Man City-Fulham still on the docket.

Chelsea 3-2 Derby County

All the fireworks came in the first half, with the visiting Rams responsible for two goals on each side of the scoreboard. Chelsea loanee Fiyoko Tomori and Richard Keogh both posted own goals that Derby answered through Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn.

But Cesc Fabregas deposited a Davide Zappacosta pass into the goal before halftime, and Chelsea survived to reach the quarters.

Marriott’s goal was assisted by another Blues loanee, Mason Mount, as Frank Lampard‘s feverish bid to upset his former club came up just short.

Arsenal 2-1 Blackpool

Stephan Lichtsteiner and Emile Smith-Rowe scored on either side of halftime, but the Gunners did not cruise to the win. Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi was sent off in the 56th minute, and Paudie O’Connor scored a 66th minute goal to put the Tangerines back in the mix. O’Connor then saw red himself in the 84th.

West Ham United 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs made a statement at the London Stadium, having played Man City just 48 hours prior. Heung-Min Son scored twice, and Fernando Llorente added a 75th minute goal four minutes after Lucas Perez pulled one back for the Irons.

Middlesbrough 1-0 Crystal Palace

Lewis Wing’s goal was enough for Tony Pulis to get one over on his former Premier League employers, as Palace left several big names out of the Starting XI including Wilfried Zaha, Luka Milivojevic, and Patrick Van Aanholt.