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VIDEO: Newport County boss greets “genius” Pep

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Someone ought to make sure Michael Flynn ends up with one of the “Pep v. Flynn” dual scarves circulating around Rodney Parade on Saturday.

Judging by the below video, he’ll find the concept hilarious.

The League Two boss of Newport County, currently battling Man City tight in Saturday’s FA Cup action, was very happy to say hello to his counterpart in Pep Guardiola.

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As for the Catalan wizard, it’s not always you get to see someone react to being called a genius by a man who’s about to match wits with you.

Now if only the field was as friendly to City as Newport’s boss.

Newport County shocks Leicester City as five PL clubs exit

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A late Padraig Armond penalty helped Newport County to a surprising 2-1 win over Premier League mainstay Leicester City in FA Cup action on Sunday at Rodney Parade.

Jamille Matt also scored for the Exiles, who became the second League Two side to knock off a top-flight team on the day after Fulham was upended by Oldham Athletic.

It was one of several big upsets on Sunday, though we’ll get to those a bit further down the page.

Rachid Ghezzal scored for Leicester, who left Jamie Vardy, Harry Maguire, Wilfred Ndidi, and Kasper Schmeichel out of the 18, and only found their equalizer once Demarai Gray and James Maddison subbed into the game.

Matt scored in the 10th minute.

Leicester needed 72 minutes of play to level the score through Ghezzal, their first success in a match which held 70 percent for the Foxes and a 24-9 edge in shot attempts.

But the stalemate was only three minutes long, as Marc Albrighton handled a ball in the box, and up stepped Armond. Scenes, as they say.

More upsets

League One side Gillingham used home field to beat Cardiff City 1-0 on Saturday.

Huddersfield Town lost 1-0 at Championship side Bristol City.

Bullets dodged 

Newcastle United got a late penalty from Matt Ritchie to dodge Blackburn Rovers upset bid at St. James’ Park, and will face a replay at Ewood Park.

Jordan Ayew‘s late goal helped Crystal Palace avoid a stunning home loss to Grimsby Town.

Burnley got a lone goal in holding off Barnsley.

Southampton tossed away a 2-0 lead at Derby County but will still get the chance to advance through a replay.

A pair of early goals had Everton ticketed for an easy ride past Lincoln City, but the Imps had other ideas and were unlucky not to level the score late in a 2-1 Saturday loss.

Big boys have little problem

Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata scored as Manchester United beat Reading 2-0 while handing Tahith Chong a debut at Old Trafford.

Manchester City hung seven goals on Rotherham United on Sunday, with Ilkay Gundogan starring with four assists.

Spurs absolutely worked over Tranmere Rovers, scoring seven goals of their own in a Friday clean sheet.

Blackpool was pesky enough in front of a half-empty stadium, but Arsenal mostly cruised in a 3-0 win highlighted by a pair of Joe Willock goals.

Chelsea got a brace from Alvaro Morata in knocking off Nottingham Forest.

Liverpool plays Monday at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Other Premier League teams

Watford dodged a solid challenge from non-league Woking and its assistant coach, long time Premier League broadcaster Martin Tyler.

West Ham United scored in the second minute through Marko Arnautovic and added an Andy Carroll goal in stoppage time to hold off Birmingham City.

Brighton and Hove Albion beat Bournemouth 3-1 at the Vitality Stadium.

WATCH: League Two player hilariously challenges his FIFA pace rating

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The next time you update your FIFA 19 and get the list of fixes and improvements, perhaps one will read, “Kevin Ellison wouldn’t stop dogging us about his pace so we made him faster.”

Morecambe midfielder Ellison, 39, has been with the Shrimps since 2011, racking up most of his 338 appearances at left wing and center forward.

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Now, we supposed you don’t have to be speedy to play CF, but left wing? Well, FIFA went and graced him with 35 (out of 99) in pace. He’s not pleased.

Ellison has taken to Twitter to call out FIFA, and then took the opportunity to state his case via video.

He had the stats to prove that he’s one of the quicker guys on his team, even at 39 years old.

Another remarkable thing about Ellison is that in his career he’s made exactly one Premier League appearance, lasting six minutes for Leicester City against Manchester United in 2001.

He subbed into the game for Dean Sturridge, uncle of Liverpool’s Daniel, and played against United luminaries Scholes, Neville, Stam, Sheringham, and Keane.

This is Morecambe’s 12th-straight season in League Two. At 20th on the table, the Shrimps are six points clear of the drop zone.

Would you rather? Rochdale FA Cup edition (VOTE)

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All but one FA Cup fifth round spot has been earned, and the soon-to-be filled vacancy provides an interesting debate topic.

Rochdale is a League One entity, and has yet to rise any higher than England’s third tier. “The Dale,” as they are known, sit in the relegation zone and will be sent down without a rich vein of league form (or at least wins in a few of their several matches-in-hand).

But Rochdale upset Football League Championship side Millwall on Tuesday and will move onto the fifth round. Their opponent is the only unknown berth left in the tournament, and the winner of Wednesday’s playoff tie could hardly vary more.

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The Dale could draw Newport County, a League Two side it’s played twice in history when both shared that division in 2013-14. It’s a very winnable contest, and could send Rochdale into the quarterfinals where it could face a giant of the English game. And keep in mind, the could still well lose the match.

Or the Dale could just do that now, and guaranteed at home. Tottenham Hotspur is a heavy favorite to win its replay at Wembley Stadium, and would pack Spotland Stadium for what could be a once-in-a-lifetime match-up on Feb. 17. The rub here is that a loss to Spurs would then ease the schedule burden for the relegation fight.

Again, Spurs are probably going to hammer Newport County on Wednesday, the visitors having earned enough respect by forcing the replay (Newport is 25:1 underdogs to win).

But assume it’s open-ended: Who would you prefer? We choose Spurs, but only by a bit. Given the American equivalent of our fourth-tier club meeting either a fellow NPSL/PDL side or New York City FC, well, we’ll rent a nice chair for Mr. Vieira.

League Two game restarted in empty stadium after fans storm field

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LONDON (AP) An English soccer game restarted in an empty stadium after a pitch invasion led to the crowd being told the fixture had been abandoned.

There were five minutes remaining in Leyton Orient’s fourth-tier game against Colchester on Saturday when a sit-down protest was staged on the pitch by Orient fans against Italian owner Francesco Becchetti.

It forced the referee to take the players off the field. The protests lasted for more than an hour before the crowd was told the game had been abandoned and the stadium eventually cleared. The teams came out and finished the game.

Leyton Orient lost 3-1 a week after its relegation from the English Football League was confirmed after 112 years.

“A decision was taken with the police to announce that the game had been abandoned as it was felt this would help clear the pitch, which proved correct,” the EFL said in a statement. “However, it was deemed appropriate that the game needed to be played to a conclusion in order to maintain the integrity of the competition.”