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FA Cup Roundup: Immortal Ibra, clinical Kane, ruthless Chelsea, spineless Foxes

The fifth round of the FA Cup didn’t disappoint with Lincoln City grabbing the headlines having beaten Burnley to become the first non-league team to reach the quarter-finals of the competition in 103 years.

 

 

However, it wasn’t the only upset of the round. Premier League’s reigning champions Leicester City was shown their way out the cup by a Millwall side that played with one less man for nearly 40 minutes. While Manchester City had to settle for a goal-less draw in their visit to Huddersfield Town after goalkeepers at either end pulled off a couple of great saves to keep the score at 0-0.

 

 

The usual suspects Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur made it through to the quarter-final without much toil. Spurs, inspired by a Harry Kane hat-trick, saw off Championship side Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage. 

 

 

Chelsea wobbled a bit at Molineux against a bold Wolves side but the Premier League frontrunners remained resolute to stay on track for a Premier League and FA Cup double. However, awaiting them in the quarter-finals is a rejuvenated Manchester United side who came from behind to beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Ewood Park, thanks to substitute Zlatan Ibrahimovic netting his first FA Cup goal.

 

In the last match of the fifth round, struggling Arsenal will take on Sutton United at Gander Green Lane tonight, the victors of which will play Lincoln City in the quarterfinals.

 

SIXTH ROUND DRAW


 

 

The most intriguing tie of round 6 would be the one between holders Manchester United and the Premier League frontrunners Chelsea. The return of Jose Mourinho to his former stomping ground has already grabbed the headlines while the London derby between Tottenham and Millwall has the potential to pull out an upset.

 

The other two fixtures depend on the results of tonight’s game, and on the Manchester City-Huddersfield Town replay. Middlesbrough will host winners of the latter while high-flying Lincoln City will play either Premier League giants Arsenal or fellow National League side Sutton United.

 

The quarter-final ties will take place over the weekend of Saturday 11 March.

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