FA Cup wrap: Liverpool loses again; Almiron drives Newcastle win
Previously impermeable Liverpool allowed three goals for the second-straight match in bowing out of the FA Cup in the fifth round.
Chelsea beat the Premier League leaders 2-0 at Stamford Bridge as one of two FA Cup matches on Tuesday.
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Joining the Blues and Arsenal in the hat for the quarterfinal draw is Newcastle United. Sheffield United and Reading are in extra time at the Madejski Stadium, so check back for updates.
They don’t use a hat. They used to. Those were the days to be a haberdasher.
Chelsea 2-0 Liverpool
Liverpool has lost three in four in all competitions after an even match at Stamford Bridge.
Both sides turned to their depth after weekend disappointments, and Chelsea’s responded with a fine showing.
The opener came thanks to a series of Liverpool errors, Willian’s hammered shot hitting Adrian square in the hands and finding its way over the line.
Kepa Arrizabalaga had a three-save sequence to keep it 1-0 at the break.
Barkley then seized on an unlucky Van Dijk flick and raced sixty yards past a sleepy Fabinho and cautious Joe Gomez to smash a rocket off the in-goal camera.
Pedro was denied 1v1 by Adrian before Olivier Giroud smashed off the bottom of the bar.
Liverpool brought on Roberto Firmino and James Milner in the 70th minute in a late bid to reverse the Reds’ fortunes. Mohamed Salah entered 10 minutes later, all to no avail.
Reading 1-1 Sheffield United (currently in extra time)
Hard-luck Blades striker David McGoldrick finally got his goal, the 32-year-old taking a Ben Osborn feed to make it 1-0. McGoldrick has an expected goal mark of more than seven in Premier League play, but had not found the net.
Reading leveled the score just before halftime through a George Puscas penalty. That was it for the goals in regulation.
West Brom 2-3 Newcastle United
Newcastle had several big chances early and were justly rewarded when Allan Saint-Maximin slipped Miguel Almiron into the box for a clinical finish past Baggies keeper Jonathan Bond.
Almiron made it a brace when Joelinton backheeled a pass toward the penalty spot for the Paraguayan’s sliding finish.
Valentino Lazaro got his first Newcastle goal within two minutes of restart thanks to a Bond error.
Longtime West Brom servant Matty Phillips pulled one back in the 74th minute off a Kenneth Zohore assist.
The Baggies took the slimmest of hopes from a pretty stoppage time connection from Kyle Edwards to Zohore, but a late penalty shout went unheard and the Championship-leading Baggies left the tournament.