FA Cup: Liverpool’s kids triumph; Saint-Maximin stunner saves Newcastle
There was drama throughout the FA Cup’s fourth round replays on Tuesday, including a dominant performance from Liverpool’s youngest team ever.
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Only one other Premier League side was in action, and they managed to throw away an early 2-0 lead at League One opposition.
Liverpool 1-0 Shrewsbury Town
Liverpool’s kids more than held their own at Anfield, they dominated League One side Shrewsbury to leave little doubt about how this would’ve gone had Jurgen Klopp deployed even a handful of senior players.
The Reds took the first nine shots of the match, and Shrewsbury Town scored on its first shot of the night but saw it disallowed by VAR.
Canadian 20-year-old Liam Millar was one of many Reds to make their senior debut in the win.
An own goal ended up being the difference on the day for Liverpool, who will enjoy a fifth-round visit to Chelsea.
Derby County 4-2 Northampton Town
Andre Wisdom scored early and American midfielder Duane Holmes had the Rams up 2-0 when he contributed to a goal for the fourth time in five matches.
Jack Marriott had a quick answer for Nicky Adams’ early second-half goal. Wayne Rooney rounded out the scoring as his Derby earned a visit from old pals Manchester United in the fifth round.
Oxford United 2-3 Newcastle United
Sean Longstaff finally found his form for the Magpies, scoring a beautiful goal and setting up Joelinton for another as the Magpies took a 2-0 lead into the break.
The U’s pulled one back through a terrific Liam Kelly free kick in the 84th minute, and Nathan Holland scored a beauty in stoppage time to send the match into extra time.
The second half and start of extra time was almost exclusively under Oxford United’s control, but Allan Saint-Maximin’s incredible late goal lifted Newcastle to victory.
One thing to watch: Joelinton limped off the pitch after scoring from a rib injury suffered earlier in the match. Newcastle will visit West Bromwich Albion in the fifth round.
Cardiff City 3-3 (1-4 penalties) Reading
Josh Murphy and Robert Glatzel scored for the Welsh side, but Omar Richards and Andy Rinomhota answered in the second half to put the fifth-round berth back on the table.
Murphy completed his brace in the third minute of extra time, but Reading again had an answer through Yakou Meite in the 116th minute.
Cardiff’s first penalty was saved and second attempt wayward, while Reading made its first four to move into the next round and will host Sheffield United in the final 16.
Birmingham City 2-2 (4-1 penalties) Coventry City
Amadou Bakayoko broke a second-half deadlock, but Birmingham City’s Harlee Dean scored in stoppage time to push the replay deeper.
Maxime Biamou scored in the 114th minute to restore Coventry’s lead, but Jeremie Bela answered in the 120th to force kicks.
Coventry City a date at Leicester City in the fifth round.