2016-17 FA Cup

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Man United fined by FA for misconduct vs. Chelsea

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Manchester United has been fined over $24,000 for misconduct during the club’s 1-0 defeat against Chelsea in the FA Cup quarterfinals.

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The Blues picked up the game’s lone goal when N'Golo Kante scored in the second half from beyond the penalty area.

Red Devils players were infuriated with referee Michael Oliver in the 35th minute when the head official sent off Ander Herrera for his second yellow card in the opening stanza.

The following statement was released by the FA on Friday:

“Manchester United have been fined £20,000 ($24,784) after the club admitted an FA misconduct charge and accepted the standard penalty,” the statement said.

“It relates to a breach of FA Rule E20 (a) for failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion in or around the 35th minute of their FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea on Monday 13 March 2017.”

Tottenham cruises into FA Cup semis despite losing Kane early

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It was a tough task no matter where the match would take place, but Millwall stood no chance on Sunday at White Hart Lane.

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Tottenham advanced to the FA Cup semifinals after picking up 6-0 win over Millwall, who currently plays in EFL League 1.

Sunday’s victory for Spurs means the Premier League side will join Arsenal, Manchester City and either Chelsea or Manchester United in this season’s FA Cup final four.

Heung-Min Son provided Spurs with a hat-trick after netting goals on both sides of halftime. Son did beautifully to cut in on his left foot and powered a curling effort into the far corner for his first of the day.

Then, the attacker was released from a Kieran Trippier long ball before knocking home his second finish. While Son’s final strike was surely a heartbreaker for keeper Tom King, the attacker’s powerful volley snuck its way between King’s legs for the day’s final goal.

Tottenham took the lead in the 30th minute when substitute Christian Eriksen netted for the hosts.

Millwall failed to clear their own box before Dele Alli chested down a skyward ball and Eriksen proceeded to smash his volley toward the far post and beyond the keeper.

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Five minutes later, Spurs nearly saw their advantage double when Victor Wanyama smashed a header off the crossbar following a corner kick.

Dele Alli added a fourth late on in the match when Eriksen picked out the England international at the far post for a tap-in finish in the 72nd minute.

Spurs put the match to bed seven minutes later when Son picked out Vincent Janssen inside the Millwall box, who then tucked home the game’s fifth goal.

The hosts dominated the possession and chances, as expected, but Pochettino’s group received an unexpected and unwanted twist after 10 minutes when Harry Kane was forced out of the match with an injury.

Kane went to ground moments earlier after unleashing a powerful shot inside the area that was turned out for a corner kick.

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Spurs had a penalty shout in the 24th minute as Dele Alli appeared to be dragged over in the box by Millwall’s Tony Craig, however, referee Martin Atkinson opted to play on.

FA Cup Live: Spurs hope to avoid upset against Millwall

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Following Lincoln City’s defeat to Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup action, Millwall is the lone remaining club that resides outside of the Premier League.

The question is: do the Lions have enough magic left to pull off a monumental upset against Tottenham?

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Millwall has already channeled its inner Cinderella during this season’s competition, knocking off three consecutive PL opponents, with Leicester City its most recent victim in the fifth round.

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino‘s side nearly succumbed to defeat in the fourth round after undergoing a thrilling 4-3 win against Wycombe Wanderers of League Two.


Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm, Trippier, Alderweireld, Dier, Vertonghen, Davies, Wanyama, Winks, Son, Alli, Kane (c). Subs: Lloris, Walker, Wimmer, Eriksen, Onomah, Sissoko, Janssen.

Millwall: King, Cummings, Craig, Williams, Thompson, Gregory, Wallace, Webster, Morison, O’Brien, Cooper. Subs: Girling, Hutchinson, Romeo, Butcher, Ferguson, Worrall, Onyedinma.

FA Cup to implement fourth substitute in extra time for quarterfinals, beyond

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The FA Cup is heating up as eight teams remain in this season’s competition, but the historic tournament will be introducing a new twist that could change global football moving forward.

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Starting in the quarterfinals, the FA Cup will allow teams to make a fourth substitution during extra-time in the event that a match exceeds its 90-minute regulation.

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This testing is set to help aid world football law-making body IFAB in its study of using a fourth substitute, and the FA Cup’s upcoming usage could potentially make the idea a reality around the globe if all goes according to plan.

Additionally, the 2016/17 edition of the FA Cup will feature a sudden-death format for the quarterfinal round and beyond.

Previously, quarterfinal matches could be played over two matches with the availability of replays if the first match ended level. The FA Cup hasn’t featured a replay in the semifinal or final rounds since 1999/2000 when the format was changed.

This season’s competition resumes next weekend as Lincoln City and Millwall join the six remaining Premier League clubs.

Man City 5-1 Huddersfield: 8-minute flurry keeps Citizens in FA Cup

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Huddersfield gave the Citizens an early scare, but a trio of goals in an eight-minute span gave Manchester City the final place in the FA Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday.

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Sergio Aguero helped pace Man City to a 5-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium, after the Citizens fell behind seven minutes in to Huddersfield.

The visitors got off and running in the seventh-minute when Harry Bunn tallied from close range after finishing off a Philip Billing pass.

It took the Citizens a half hour to pull themselves level, but from there, it was all Pep Guardiola‘s side.

Leroy Sane kicked off a City goal spree in the 30th minute, before goals from Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta followed before the halftime break.

Aguero added his second of the match in the second stanza after blasting home a Raheem Sterling cross inside the penalty area.

Meanwhile, second-half substitute Kelechi Iheanacho put the finishing touches for the City in stoppage time when fellow substitute Jesus Navas picked out the striker inside the Huddersfield area.

The Citizens will meet fellow Premier League side Middlesbrough in the quarterfinals on March 11. Millwall and Lincoln City are the two lone non-PL clubs remaining in this season’s competition.