Friday, February 12, 2021

FA Cup Update: Thriller at Goodison; Red Devils Squeak By; Record Breaking Manchester City; Bournemouth Crashes the Party

Spurs fans hopes for FA Cup silverware were dashed in a 5-4 defeat to Everton.  The sloppy defense played by Jose Mourinho’s team was shocking in the entertaining goal fest.  An 83rd minute tying goal from Harry Kane enabled Spurs, who had at one point trailed by two goals, to take it to extra-time before Bernard’s strike captured the win for the Toffees.  Everton, who received a brace from Richarlison in the win over Spurs, will now move on to face Manchester City in a March quarterfinal match. City had little difficulty in dispatching Swansea by a 3-1 score line.  The win by Pep Guardiola’s club established a record for English top-flight clubs of 15 consecutive wins across all competitions.  The streak is also the longest of Pep Guardiola’s managerial career.  City Goalkeeper Zach Steffen and Swansea’s Jordan Morris and Paul Arriola were US Men’s National Team members who made appearances in City’s win. Manchester United needed extra-time before a goal from defensive midfielder Scott McTominay broke a scoreless deadlock to end West Ham’s FA run.  The Red Devils move on to face Leicester in an enticing quarterfinal matchup between two current top four Premier League clubs. Leicester forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored 4 minutes into stoppage time for the only goal in the Foxes’ victory over Brighton.  Billy Sharp converted a 66th minute penalty in Sheffield United’s 1-0 win over Bristol City. The Blades will face Chelsea in the quarterfinals as a Tammy Abraham goal was all Chelsea needed in a 1-0 elimination of Barnsley.  Southampton defeated Wolves 2-0 on goals from Danny Ings and Stuart Armstrong.  The Saints will face Bournemouth in the quarterfinals.  Bournemouth was the sole Championship side to advance with a 1-0 defeat of Burnley.

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