For the first time in almost three decades, Norwich City is in the FA Cup quarterfinals.
Todd Cantwell converted his penalty kick while Tim Krul saved Gedson Fernandez’ attempt to give Norwich City a 3-2 win on penalty kicks over Tottenham on Wednesday at the remodeled White Hart Lane.
With the defeat, Spurs hope for a trophy this season dwindles, as the Premier League is surely out of reach at this point. Norwich meanwhile has even more to play for now with their Premier League struggles gobbling up most of their mental energy.
Elsewhere, holders Manchester City came through a tough road tie at Sheffield Wednesday to win, 1-0, while Leicester City scored late to beat Birmingham City.
Here’s a look at Wednesday evening’s action:
Tottenham 1-1 Norwich City (Norwich advance, 3-2, on penalty kicks)
Mired in a relegation battle and six points from safety, Norwich City gave its fans a memory they soon won’t forget.
After Josip Drmic bundled home a parried shot in the 78th minute, the extra time periods remained scoreless, leading to a penalty kick shootout to decide who was moving on. Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen’s 13th minute header at the far post initially put the struggling Spurs on the board.
In the shootout, Eric Dier and Giovani Lo Celso scored for Tottenham, but Erik Lamela and Troy Parrott couldn’t score, with Lamela’s shot pinging out off the crossbar and Parrott’s shot saved. That left it up to Gedson Fernandes, who’s shot was saved by Tim Krul for the win. After the big save, Krul sprinted the length of the field to celebrate with the Norwich supporters.
Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Manchester City
Time and time again, Sergio Aguero comes up with timely goals in important moments for Manchester City.
On a night when Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Wildsmith kept almost everything out of the net, the ageless Aguero snuck a shot past Joseph Wildsmith to help lead Manchester City to the FA Cup quarterfinals.
Manchester City had chance after chance to open the game up but they couldn’t succeed other than Aguero, leading to an irate manager Pep Guardiola on the sidelines. However, Man City kept up the pressure, even with the late introduction of Raheem Sterling to the match, and held on to advance.
Leicester City 1-0 Birmingham City 0
Brendan Rodger’s side picked up its first win since late January in all competitions as the Foxes came through to beat Championship side Birmingham City.
Neither side could create many opportunities, but eventually it was the two Leicester City fullbacks who made the difference for the hosts. After Ben Chillwell charged forward and crossed towards the right, the ball eventually ended up with Mark Albrighton. After holding off his defender, he chipped a ball into the right side of the box, which Ricardo Pereira headed home to give the Foxes the win.