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Huddersfield Town FC learned the hard way on Tuesday how cruel the drop out of the Premier League can be.

Even with parachute payments, Huddersfield’s slashed budget and new-look squad came back to haunt it, as League One club Lincoln City secured a memorable 1-0 win over Huddersfield in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

Harry Anderson scored the game-winning goal in the 55th minute, heading home off a cross from Harry Toffolo.

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With the win, Lincoln City advances to the second round, where the club was drawn with Premier League side Everton FC.

Below are the scores from the first round, and the draw for the second round.

Tuesday’s First Round Scores

Tranmere Rovers 0 – 3 Hull City
Grimsby Town 1 – 0 Doncaster Rovers
Wigan Athletic  0 – 1 Stoke City
Port Vale 1 – 2 Burton Albion
Nottingham Forest 1 – 0 Fleetwood Town
Bradford City 0 – 4 Preston North End
Blackpool 2 – 2 (Macclesfield advances on penalty kicks) Macclesfield Town
Blackburn Rovers 3 – 2 Oldham Athletic
Mansfield Town 2 – 2 P Morecambe
Charlton Athletic 0 – 0 P Forest Green Rovers
Colchester United 3 – 0 Swindon Town
AFC Wimbledon 2 – 2 P Milton Keynes Dons
Oxford United 1 – 0 Peterborough United
Queens Park Rangers P 3 – 3 Bristol City
Plymouth Argyle 2 – 0 Leyton Orient
Wycombe Wanderers 1 – 1 P Reading
Gillingham 2 – 2 P Newport County
Stevenage 1 – 2 Southend United
Luton Town 3 – 1 Ipswich Town
Walsall 2 – 3 Crawley Town
Bristol Rovers 3 – 0 Cheltenham Town
Brentford 1 – 1 P Cambridge United
Coventry City 4 – 1 Exeter City
Swansea City 3 – 1 Northampton Town
Accrington Stanley 1 – 3 Sunderland
Scunthorpe United 0 – 1 Derby County
Rochdale 5 – 2 Bolton Wanderers
Middlesbrough 2 – 2 P Crewe Alexandra
Shrewsbury Town 0 – 4 Rotherham United
Sheffield Wednesday Postponed Bury
Salford City 0 – 3 Leeds United
Barnsley 0 – 3 Carlisle United
West Bromwich Albion 1 – 2 Millwall

Second Round Draw

FA Cup 10 a.m. ET roundup: Morata leads Chelsea; Everton survives scare

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Nine more sides clinched spots in the next round of the FA Cup, while Southampton and Derby County are destined for a replay after drawing their 10 a.m. ET kickoff on Saturday.

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Everton 2-1 Lincoln City

Goals from Ademola Lookman and Bernard had the Toffees looking prepared to dominate their League Two visitors, but Michael Bostwick pulled one back with a 28th minute header and the Imps were positioned within a strike of a replay at Sincil Bank. Richarlison saved Everton from that fate not with a goal, but a headed denial of Lincoln City’s 82nd minute bid to level the score line.

Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham Forest

Alvaro Morata could apparently be a dominant Championship striker. Who knew? The Spaniard struck twice in the first 14 minutes of the second half to send Maurizio Sarri‘s men through the next round after Cesc Fabregas missed a penalty in terrible fashion at Stamford Bridge.

Derby County 2-2 Southampton

A pair of goals from Nathan Redmond, the first early in the first half, the second early in the second, seemed set to help the visiting Saints sail, but Jack Marriott and Tom Lawrence struck three minutes apart for Frank Lampard‘s Rams to push the score level with just under a half-hour to play at Pride Park.

Elsewhere

7:30 a.m. ET scoresMan Utd, West Ham win

Bolton Wanderers 5-2 Walsall
Gillingham 1-0 Cardiff City
Brentford 1-0 Oxford United
Accrington Stanley 1-0 Ipswich Town
Fleetwood Town 2-3 AFC Wimbledon
Middlesbrough 5-0 Peterborough United
Aston Villa 0-3 Swansea City

Still to come

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

Arsenal beat minnows Lincoln to reach FA Cup semifinal

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Arsenal sealed their spot in the FA Cup semifinals with a routine 5-0 win over fifth-tier Lincoln City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

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The minnows played well in the first half with Arsenal’s opener via Theo Walcott coming in the first minute of first half stoppage time.

Arsene Wenger‘s struck twice in quick succession early on in the second half to put the result beyond doubt with Olivier Giroud and an own goal setting them on their way and then Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey added a goal each to secure their trip to Wembley on April 22 or 23.

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Arsenal have now reached the FA Cup semifinal for the third time in the last four seasons as they’ve won the trophy in two of the last three campaigns and Wenger is two wins away from his seventh FA Cup trophy as Gunners boss.

For Lincoln, their wonderful FA Cup adventure comes to an end after they dumped out second-tier sides Ipswich and Brighton, plus Premier League side Burnley. The Imps can hold their heads high.

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Lincoln started brightly enough roared on by their 9,000 traveling fans but Arsenal had the first big chance of the game.

A ball fell to Theo Walcott on the edge of the box and his drive was brilliantly palmed onto the post by Lincoln goalkeeper Paul Farman.

Midway through the first half Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hobbled off injured and Mesut Ozil came on in his place and moments later Lincoln almost went ahead.

Nathan Arnold cut in from the right flank and danced past two defenders before curling a shot towards the top corner which Petr Cech saved superbly.

Ozil curled in a cross to the back post which Farman scrambled to push wide and from the resulting corner Arsenal took the lead as Walcott slotted home the layoff from Olivier Giroud. 1-0 to the Gunners right on half time.

Giroud drilled a shot towards the bottom corner in he second half but Farman saved well and then from the rebound Walcott teed up Kieran Gibbs but he was off-balance and his header went over.

Soon after Giroud made it 2-0 as a wonderful piece of interplay between Sanchez and Hector Bellerin saw the latter pick out Arsenal’s French striker and he slotted home.

Bellerin then curled an effort wide when it looked easier to score and then Arsenal’s other full back, Gibbs, linked up with Sanchez as his Gibbs’ cross deflected off Lincoln’s skipper Luke Waterfall and in. 3-0 to Arsenal.

Sanchez then made the most of a defensive slip to curl home a beauty and make it 4-0, then his cross to the back post was tucked away by Ramsey as the Gunners ran away with things.

Alan Power forced Cech into a good stop late on in a rare attack as Sanchez rattled the crossbar with a dipping free kick.

Lincoln tired in the second half and were punished by a ruthless, business-like Arsenal.

LIVE: Arsenal vs. minnows Lincoln in FA Cup quarterfinal

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Surely Arsenal can’t lose this game?

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The Gunners host fifth-tier Lincoln City as the darlings of this years FA Cup get their big payday in front of the Emirates Stadium crowd and also the TV cameras.

With Arsene Wenger‘s men underfire following their humiliating 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in midweek, this could be a great time for Lincoln to visit north London as fan protests against Wenger continue.

In team news Arsenal make two changes with Petr Cech and Kieran Gibbs coming in for David Ospina and Nacho Monreal.

Lincoln, managed by former PE teacher Daniel Cowley, make four changes to their team which won 4-0 at Braintree in the National League last time out.

LINEUPS

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs, Ramsey, Xhaka, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis, Giroud. Subs: Martinez, Gabriel, Perez, Ozil, Iwobi, Monreal, Coquelin

Lincoln City: Farman, Wood, Habergham, Waterfall, Muldoon, Power, Rhead, Hawkridge, Raggett, Arnold, Woodyard. Subs: Marriott, Margetts, McMenemy, McCombe, Calder, Ward, Etheridge

FA Cup: Expect the upsets to end this weekend

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There will be four teams remaining in the chase for the 2017 FA Cup come Monday night.

Not to bury the lede regarding Lincoln City’s remarkable run to the quarters — Danny Cowley’s Imps are the first non-league side to make it this far in 113 years — but the big boys have come to play.

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Here are the contestants:

Middlesbrough vs. Manchester City — 7:15 a.m. EDT Saturday

Boro: lost the 1997 final
Man City: five titles, last in 2011; Lost 2013 final

Pep Guardiola‘s City is still very much alive for both the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League, while still barely hanging out on the outskirts of a Premier League title fight. Assuming Guardiola wants to put some hardware in the cabinet, he’ll be raring to beat Middlesbrough. Maybe Alvaro Negredo can play spoiler against his former club, but Boro hasn’t been able to buy goals. City should be heavy favorites, even on the road.

Arsenal vs. Lincoln City — 12:30 p.m. EDT Saturday

Arsenal: 12 titles, won in 2015
Lincoln City: first quarterfinal

Lincoln is the first non-league side to advance this far in the FA Cup since 1914. The Imps won’t be intimidated but they also won’t be able to hide at the Emirates Stadium. If Arsenal can’t perform giving their beatdown against Bayern Munich, then they might as well hang ’em up for 2017. Gunners to cruise.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Millwall — 10 a.m. EDT Sunday

Spurs: Eight titles, last in 1987; Lost 1991 final
Millwall: Lost the 2004 final

Longtime Millwall striker Neil Harris is now thriving as manager, with the Lions unbeaten in 17-straight matches. That said, most of those are in League One. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is another manager anxious to put some hardware in his case. Expect the favorites to win again.

Chelsea vs. Manchester United — 3:45 p.m. EDT Monday

Chelsea: Seven titles, won in 2012
Manchester United: Reigning champs, 12 titles

A massive match-up at Stamford Bridge sees Jose Mourinho back at his old stamping grounds to battle with the Blues. Both sides are pretty good form, with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte having a better run with his new club. This one could go in either direction, though the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic poses a problem for both sides; Man Utd has to find someone to take his place, but Chelsea has little idea how Mourinho will operate his side without the ever-present and ageless striker.