Manchester Metropolis got an enormous FA Cup scare by fourth-tier Cheltenham earlier than a late blitz gave them a 3-1 win on Saturday after Southampton dumped holders Arsenal out of the competition. Six-time winners Metropolis had been minutes away from exiting on the fourth-round stage earlier than targets from Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres broke the hearts of the courageous League Two aspect. Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola made 10 modifications for the journey to the southwest of England however his aspect was nonetheless filled with internationals.
The house group — 72 locations under Metropolis within the soccer pyramid — produced a stirring defensive show but additionally sporadically threatened on the different finish of the pitch.
Jesus hit the publish shortly after the restart as Metropolis upped the tempo following a goalless first half nevertheless it was the house group who broke the impasse.
The guests didn’t take care of the excellent Ben Tozer’s lengthy throw and Alfie Could fired in from shut vary simply earlier than the hour mark.
Pep Guardiola threw on Ilkay Gundogan and Joao Cancelo in a determined bid to discover a manner again into the sport and was rewarded within the 81st minute when Foden volleyed in Cancelo’s cross.
Three minutes later Jesus made amends for his earlier miss and Torres made it 3-1 with the ultimate kick of the sport, handing over Gundogan’s low cross.
“We got here right here with humility and had the standard to make the distinction,” mentioned Guardiola.
“They used their high quality within the field, they’re taller and higher than us there and we confirmed clips on the best way to remedy it. It’s tough to regulate that.”
The Catalan had heat phrases for Foden, who’s the membership’s top-scorer in all competitions this season.
“Phil Foden is in an amazing second and with nice confidence,” he added. “He’s medical in entrance of purpose.”
Cheltenham boss Michael Duff mentioned he was “tremendous proud” of his gamers, bemoaning the actual fact the match needed to be performed behind closed doorways due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is a disgrace as a result of (with followers) the place would’ve been bouncing,” he mentioned. “Would which have seen us by way of within the final 10 minutes? I am not so positive — however the secret is to take pleasure in it.”
Earlier, Arsenal, who’ve received the competitors a report 14 instances, went down 1-Zero at Southampton courtesy of a Gabriel personal purpose.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta made seven modifications from his group’s 3-Zero league win towards Newcastle on Monday, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and midfielder Emile Smith Rowe each absent.
Southampton, FA Cup winners in 1976, earned a well-deserved lead within the 24th minute when Kyle Walker-Peters’ ball throughout the six-yard space was inadvertently turned in by Gabriel.
The guests went near an equaliser by way of Eddie Nketiah’s deflected shot however had been compelled to go away empty-handed.
“We had a dream to do it once more like final 12 months (win the FA Cup) and the dream at this time is over,” mentioned Arteta.
“I’m as effectively disillusioned with the way in which we conceded the purpose in an space the place we all know we should not be doing that. On the similar time I can’t fault the trouble of the gamers.”
West Ham, who will face both Manchester or Liverpool within the subsequent spherical, crushed third-tier Doncaster 4-Zero regardless of a number of modifications from supervisor David Moyes whereas fellow Premier League sides Brighton and Sheffield United additionally progressed.
Pablo Fornals gave spectacular West Ham an early lead at dwelling to Doncaster as they dominated the League One aspect from the kick-off.
Andriy Yarmolenko doubled the lead earlier than a second-half personal purpose from Andy Butler and a late strike from debutant Oladapo Afolayan.
Objectives from Yves Bissouma and Steven Alzate had been sufficient to seal a 2-1 win for Brighton towards League One Blackpool.
Chris Basham and Billy Sharp scored for Premier League strugglers Sheffield United towards League One opponents Plymouth.
Elsewhere, Swansea thumped fellow Championship aspect Nottingham Forest 5-1, whereas Bristol Metropolis beat Millwall 3-0. Barnsley beat Championship leaders Norwich 1-0.
On Sunday, Premier League leaders Manchester United face Liverpool within the tie of the spherical, whereas Chelsea host Luton.
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