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FA Cup recap: Arsenal, Man City cruise; Four PL clubs bounced; Almost for Eastleigh


during the Emirates FA Cup third round match between Norwich City and Manchester City at Carrow Road on January 9, 2016 in Norwich, England.

Michael Regan

There were scares a-plenty for Premier League clubs in Saturday’s third round of the FA Cup, though all actual ousters came at the hands of fellow top-flight clubs.

After Exeter City and Wycombe Wanderers set the stage for the 10 a.m. ET matches by drawing Liverpool and Aston Villa, a wild slate of 22 matches kicked off.

[ VIDEO: Micah Richards argues with pitchside Villa fans ].

West Bromwich Albion v Bristol City - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Jonathan Kodjia (2nd R) of Bristol City scores his team’s first goal during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between West Bromwich Albion and Bristol City at The Hawthorns on January 9, 2016 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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West Bromwich Albion were seconds away from being upset by Bristol City, but James Morrison scored in the fourth minute of stoppage to make it 2-2 and force a replay.

Manchester United needed every single minute at Old Trafford to knock off a game Sheffield United side, as Memphis Depay won a late PK and Wayne Rooney converted it to push a sad-looking Red Devils side past the Blades.

West Ham United also scored late, with Nikica Jelavic finishing a chance in the 85th minute to push the Irons past Wolverhampton.

Stoke City got an early scare from hosts Doncaster Rovers, but won 2-1. Bournemouth had a similar situation before topping Birmingham City 2-1.

Arsenal’s quest to threepeat improved as they beat Sunderland 3-1, with USMNT back DeAndre Yedlin playing right back for the Black Cats in a game that was 1-1 at the break. Everton handled Dagenham & Redbridge 2-0.

[ MORE: Four players join USMNT camp ]

Wasteful Newcastle gave precious few chances to Watford, but allowed one past Rob Elliot, as Troy Deeney boosted the Hornets into the fourth round with a 1-0 home win.

In another All-PL tie, Crystal Palace overcame blowing a lead to beat Southampton 2-1 at St. Mary’s.

Manchester City cruised past Norwich City, with Sergio Aguero netting off a fun dribble well inside the 18 and Kelechi Iheanacho making it 2-0 before halftime. Kevin De Bruyne rounded out the scoring at 3-0.

4 - Kelechi Iheanacho has scored or assisted four goals in three starts for Man City this season (2 goals, 2 assists). Primed.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 9, 2016

The only non-league side, Eastleigh United, came within a whisper of the fourth round after an own goal from Bolton’s Dorian Dervite. The horrific home pitch didn’t help either side, but the visitors found a late equalizer from Darren Pratley off a scrum in the box to force a replay.

Best of luck to my old team @eastleighfc in the #FACup third round today. I smell an upset...!

— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 9, 2016

Nearly correct, JPW. Nearly correct!
Eastleigh v Bolton Wanderers - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round

EASTLEIGH, HAMPSHIRE - JANUARY 09: Ben Amos of Bolton Wanderers fails to stop the Eastleigh’s first goal scored by Dorian Dervite (L) of Bolton Wanderers during the Emirates FA Cup third round match between Eastleigh and Bolton Wanderers at Silverlake Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Eastleigh, Hampshire. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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Full schedule
Exeter City 2-2 Liverpool
Wycombe Wanderers 1-1 Aston Villa
Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland
Birmingham City 1-2 Bournemouth
Brentford 0-1 Walsall
Bury 0-0 Bradford
Colchester United 2-1 Charlton Athletic
Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Stoke City
Eastleigh 1-1 Bolton
Everton 2-0 Dagenham & Redbridge
Hartlepool United 1-2 Derby County
Huddersfield Town 2-2 Reading
Hull City 1-0 Brighton and Hove Albion
Leeds United 2-0 Rotherham United
Middlesbrough 1-2 Burnley
Newport - Blackburn -- Postponed (waterlogged pitch)
Northampton 2-2 MK Dons
Norwich City 0-3 Manchester City
Nottingham Forest 1-0 Queens Park Rangers
Peterborough 2-0 Preston North End
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Fulham
Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace
Watford 1-0 Newcastle United
West Ham United 0-0 Wolverhampton
Manchester United 1-0 Sheffield United
Oxford United vs. Swansea City - 7 a.m. ET Sunday
Carlisle vs. Yeovil Town -- 9 a.m. ET Sunday
Chelsea vs. Scunthorpe United -- 9 a.m. ET Sunday
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City -- 11 a.m. ET Sunday
Cardiff City vs. Shrewsbury Town -- 1 p.m. Et Sunday

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