Oldham Athletic vs Liverpool FC
In front of only 10,295 supporters at Boundary Park, Oldham Athletic pulled off one of the finest upsets in the FA Cup this year. Oldham currently sits 19th out of the 24 spots in League One (that is the 3rd division in England), yet somehow managed to defeat Liverpool by a score of 3-2. Matt Smith was the hero for Oldham as he notched an unlikely brace in the first half to set the tone positively for Oldham. These were the first goals that Smith has scored and it was great timing. His first goal came only 3 minutes into the game and was soon equalized in the 17th minute by Luis Suarez. In the first half stoppage time, Smith added his and Oldham’s second to send themselves into the dressing room up a goal. Reece Wabara added another goal for Oldham in the 48th minute. It wasn’t until the 80th minute that Liverpool again found the net by Joe Allen but it was too late at this point as Oldham looked destined to take an historic win.
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Leeds United vs Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham followed Liverpool’s crash out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 humbling to Leeds United at Elland Road in front of 30,000 supporters. Luke Varney set Leeds on the right foot with a 15th minute opener, but it was teammate Ross McCormack with a strike to remember in the 50th minute. His short gave Friedel no chance and more importantly gave Leeds some breathing room that they ended up needing as Clint Dempsey pulled one back on 58 minutes. Tottenham never really looked like scoring after this though as Gareth Bale had a game to forget.
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Brentford vs Chelsea FC
At Griffin Park, Fernando Torres rescued Chelsea with an 83rd minute equalizer to send the match into a replay after a final score of 2-2. Brentford opened the scoring late in the first half from Marcello Trotta and Oscar found the net in the 55th to tie the game up. Turnbull then gave up a penalty on Adeyemi that Brentford capitalized on to give them sights of another FA Cup upset. The Chelsea stars finally awoke and Chelsea started to move the ball better and create some chances. They finally broke through with Torres curling an 18 yard effort into the top corner. Both Lampard and Mata had chances to win it, but a tie was a deserving scoreline.
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Stoke City vs Manchester City
Stoke City suffered another home loss (after losing to Chelsea 4-1 in the league a couple days ago) to a Manchester City squad that used an 85th minute winner from an ever increasing likely source of Pablo Zabaleta. Both teams had chances to score early on with Tevez looking sharp for the Citizens. Matthew Etherington also had a fine game and was able to work his way on the wing for several dangerous crosses. Kompany limped off for City forcing Mancini to play a three-man backline and it was here that Stoke City grabbed a foothold in the game, but to no luck as finishing was not on show for either team in a 1-0 win for Manchester City.
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