Sunday, January 27, 2013

FA Cup 4th Round Sunday Special LIVE Coverage:



Hello and welcome to part 2 of the 4th Round of this season's FA Cup.
Yesterday, there were giant killings as MK Dons beat QPR 4-2 and Luton beat Norwich 1-0. 
Both Manchester clubs won and progress to the 5th Round, along with Everton, Wigan, Reading and Arsenal who scored late on to win 3-2 against Brighton thanks to forward Theo Walcott.


Today's 4th Round Action:

Brentford 2 Chelsea 2 - FT

Brentford were held to a 2-2 draw at home against the FA Cup holders Chelsea. 

Spainsh striker Fernando Torres ensured a replay at Stamford Bridge after scoring a well-taken strike in the 83rd minute, despite the hosts going ahead twice during the match.

Clinical finish: Chelsea striker Fernando Torres scores for The Blues to make it 2-2 in the 83rd minute.
Close shave: Torres' goal saved Chelsea from losing to League 1 side Brentford today.

Young Brazillian midfielder Oscar made it 1-1 in the second half before Forrester scored from the penalty spot.   

Clever gem: Chelsea's young midfielder Oscar weaves past Brentford defenders to equalise in the second half.
Back in it: Oscar celebrates his equalising goal with team-mates John Terry and Gary Cahill.
Back in-front: Forrester scores from the penalty spot to give Brentford the lead again.

The hosts were unlucky not to automatically progress into the 5th Round because they worked very hard and played well but were punished for giving Chelsea a yard of space.  

Almost: Brentford celebrate their first goal, but were unlucky not to beat Chelsea at home today.

Leeds United 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - FT

A giant killing has already happened today, as Championship side Leeds beat Spurs 2-1 at Elland Road.

Clint Dempsey scored a goal in the 58th minute to get the away side back into the match, but Luke Varney and Russell McCormack's goals for the hosts were too much for Andre Villas Boas' men to handle.

Ahead: Leeds were ahead thanks to Luke Varney's strike during the first-half.
Doubling the lead: Russell McCormack scored a wonderful strike to double the lead for Leeds and make it 2-0.
Consolation: Tottenham forward Clint Dempsey heads Spurs back into the match, but it was too late.
 
Oldham Athletic 2 Liverpool 1 - HT

What a tie at Oldham! The hosts went in-front in the 2nd minute after a cross was whipped into the box for 6ft 6in striker Matt Smith whose header was deflected off Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel into the net.

Early breakthrough: Oldham broke the deadlock thanks to striker Matt Smith's 2nd minute header.
Shock lead: Oldham celebrate their opener after 2 minutes against EPL side Liverpool.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez equalised in the 17th minute, before a mistake by Liverpool's 2nd team goalkeeper Brad Jones found Smith scoring his second of the day just before half-time.

Equaliser: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez curls a shot past the goalkeeper to make it 1-1 after 17 minutes.


LIVE: Oldham Athletic vs Liverpool:  

75: 3-1 to Oldham now, and even though Liverpool are pressing to try and get back into the match, Oldham are staying strong in defence. 
Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge are all pushing for a Liverpool goal to get back in the match, while captain Steven Gerrard has replaced Liverpool full-back Andre Wisdom.

76: Good chance by Oldham, with striker Robbie Simpson having a shot on goal just wide of the post after Sebastien Coates gave him too much space!

77: Oldham SUB:
Robbie Simpson OFF

Daniel Taylor ON

Like-for-like substitution from the hosts as they look to close out the match in the last 10+ minutes of the match.    

78: Liverpool press for another goal with Downing weaving in and out of the defence before having a shot parried out for a corner.

79: Ball is whipped into the box, and cleared away.. midfielder Joe Allen has a volley from 20 yards out... GOAL! Liverpool are back into the match after Allen's shot deflects off the defender and bounces off the post into the net!

Lucky deflection, but Liverpool deserve it...   

90: The fourth official has signalled for 6 minutes of stoppage time to be played, and the Oldham supporters are NOT happy about it. At all.  

90+3: Everyone in the ground is nervous... 3 minutes to play with a goal-kick for Oldham.

90+4: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is down inside the box, clutching his ankle in pain, after a great lofted ball by Stewart Downing was cleared away.

90+5: Liverpool looking for space to pass the ball around into the box to make a chance, but Oldham are sticking firm... the FA Cup is about to pull off another shock result.

90+6: The referee has blown his whistle to end the match at Boundary Park! League 1 side Oldham Athletic have pulled off a shock by beating EPL Liverpool 3-2 and have moved into the 5th Round Draw - coming up LIVE.

5th Round Draw - LIVE:     

Manchester United vs Reading 
Middlesbrough vs Brentford/Chelsea
Arsenal vs Blackburn Rovers
Oldham Athletic vs Everton
Huddlesfield/Leicester City vs Wigan Athletic
MK Dons vs Barnsley
Luton Town vs Millwall
Manchester City vs Leeds United      

Interesting ties for EPL sides, with United vs Reading the only all EPL-tie
Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Wigan should all progress to the Last 8 with ease.   

Oldham will feel inspired to get into the Last 8, by beating the other side of Merseyside (Everton) after beating Liverpool 3-2 tonight, while Chelsea should comfortably get into the Last 8 if they beat Brentford at Stamford Bridge. 

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