What a weekend for knockout football in the UK! In the biggest news of the 4th and 5th round of the FA Cup, current holders Chelsea were knocked by a clearly better Everton side after playing to a draw and losing the replay on penalties.
After a Chelsea huffed and puffed to a goalless draw after 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge, Lampard gave the current holders the lead in the first-half of extra-time before Baines curled in one of the best free kicks I’ve seen in the last minute of extra time to take the match to penalties. Phil Neville sealed it with a nicely taken penalty to Everton to the final 16 with a 4-3 spot kick victory. Everton have got former Premiership side, Reading at Goodison Park in their fifth-round match on Tuesday.
In 2 of Saturday’s other fifth round matches, Birmingham City and Stoke City both breezed past their lower league opposition, each emerging victorious with scores of 3-0. The greatest team in the world Manchester United, fielded a severely weakened side ahead of four away matches in the next two weeks that includes trips to Marseille, Chelsea and Liverpool and managed to see off the rather tenacious non-league Crawley Town with a Wes Brown header in the first half in front of the Old Trafford faithful.
While Manchester City emerged 5-0 winners against Notts County, Arsenal had a bit of a torrid time with Leyton Orient and only managed a draw after leading after a Rosicky header. Leyton Orient will return to The Emirates and the winner of this replay gets to face the mighty United in the next round.
So Chelsea’s woes continue and the Reds go marching on. The next round is going to be absolutely cracking- provided Arsenal manage to beat Leyton Orient at home.