Chelsea and Leicester survive scares, Everton through and Man Utd ahead of Liverpool
There was another FA Cup day of action on Sunday as many Premier League sides faced their fourth round games, with three league teams in the mix.
Unfortunately for cupset fans there weren’t any huge shocks but the round draw did not disappoint as Manchester United and Liverpool served up a five-goal thriller that couldn’t have been more contrasted with their tough league meeting just a week ago.
With every matchup involving at least three goals, there was a lot action on a winter Sunday. Let’s go …
The early kickoff saw last season’s finalists Chelsea seek a reprieve from their Abyssal League form while they were hosting Luton town in the snow at Stamford Bridge.
Two early goals from Tammy Abraham suggested it would be a cruise with the Blues, but Kepa Arrizabalaga’s usual howler got the Championship team back into the game and they nearly equalized, but for a redemptive save for the Spanish.
Abraham finally added a third for a nice hat trick before Timo Werner missed a golden opportunity to score a rare goal as his kick was saved. It ended 3-1.
Leicester also faced second-tier opposition Brentford, and the Foxes were upset as they entered half-time 1-0 thanks to an early tap-in from Mads Bech Sorensen.
However, a second half rally on Brendan Rodger’s side saw them roar, along with Cengiz Under, Youri Tielemans (pen) and James Maddison. 3-1 and sparing their redness.
Meanwhile, there was a Premier League draw at Craven Cottage as Fulham hosted Burnley in snow-capped West London. In truth, this one was never quite a contest, as two heavily modified rosters sought to end an FA Cup game as they focused on top-level survival.
Clarets No.19 Jay Rodriguez ended a 19-goal drought just after the half-hour, before adding another in the second period. A header from Kevin Long did it 3-0 to visitors.
The centerpiece of the day saw title rivals Male Utd and Liverpool take on Old Trafford in a wonderfully sultry reverse tie.
Both teams traded punches throughout the game, with nice strikes from Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford for the hosts and a clinical brace from Mo Salah for the Reds, meaning he was tied at 2-2 in the last stages.
Cue Bruno Fernandes, who came off the bench to give the home a free kick 12 minutes from time. 3-2. What a statement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
A cup classic, it was just a great shame that no supporters were in the ground to watch it.
In the late start of the day Everton hosted the championship wrestlers Sheffield Wednesday, and it turned out pretty much as you might expect.
Goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and Yerry Mina gave the Toffees comfort 3-0 win, with the Owls now able to focus solely on second-level survival.
Chelsea 3-1 city of Luton
Brentford 1-3 Leicester City
Fulham 0-3 Burnley
Man Utd 3-2 Liverpool
Everton 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday