Ibra and Pobga connect sublimely, Harry and Costa carry their teams, City fall, and Leceister fall even deeper in our premier league review of the weekend’s cup matches.

Pedro, Diego Costa on target as Chelsea edge past Wolves in FA Cup

Wolverhampton Wanderers  0-2  Chelsea

Pedro and Diego Costa were on target as Chelsea ended Wolves’ FA Cup run at Molineux. On a day of shocks, Wolves — conquerors of Stoke and Liverpool — were beaten 2-0 in the fifth round tie.

Chelsea academy graduate George Saville hit the post after five minutes for Wolves. And an hour later the hosts’ resilience was punctured when a clinical counter-attack concluded with Pedro heading in at the back post.

Diego Costa was outplayed by namesake Helder Costa for much of a contest in which Eden Hazard was a peripheral figure. But both had a role in Pedro’s goal and Diego Costa struck his 16th of the season late on to send Chelsea, Premier League leaders by eight points, into the quarterfinals

 

Millwall eliminate Leicester City from FA Cup with 10 men

Milwall    1- 0     Leceister City

Ten-man Millwall booked their place in the sixth round of the FA Cup after Shaun Cummings’ last-minute strike condemned Leicester to another miserable defeat.

The League One side had to play the majority of the second half without Jake Cooper after he was sent off in the 51st minute for a second bookable offence.

But the deficit only inspired Millwall to a famous victory with Cummings finding the net in the 90th minute to heap more pressure on Claudio Ranieri and his beleaguered team.

Cristhian Stuani saves Boro from Oxford comeback

Middlesbrough   3-2   Oxford United

Cristhian Stuani came off the bench to deny League One Oxford a place in the draw for the FA Cup quarterfinals as Premier League Middlesbrough survived a major scare to triumph 3-2 at the Riverside Stadium.

Aitor Karanka’s men looked to be heading for the Kassam Stadium for a replay after squandering a 2-0 lead inside a single madcap second-half minute, but Uruguay international Stuani came to the rescue with an 86th-minute winner to secure a place in the last eight for the first time since 2009.

Grant Leadbitter’s penalty and January signing Rudy Gestede’s first goal for the club had given Boro a commanding half-time lead, but Chris Maguire’s superb free-kick and Antonio Martinez’s equaliser just seconds later left the result in the melting pot.

Manchester City held to FA Cup replay by Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town  0-0   Manchester City

Championship Huddersfield frustrated Manchester City to take their FA Cup fifth-round tie to a replay with a goalless draw at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Yorkshire side had a first-half strike disallowed for offside and City’s Claudio Bravo was the busier of the two goalkeepers as David Wagner’s men produced a spirited display.

But City were not overly troubled and given the addition to their fixture lists, both managers might have been left rueing making 15 changes between them.

That may be especially so for Pep Guardiola and City, who might also have to alter plans for a warm-weather training camp in Abu Dhabi after Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Monaco.

Eight of the changes were made by City, although with recalls for Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Claudio Bravo among those recalled, the visitors were hardly fielding fringe players

Zlatan Ibrahimovic strikes as Man United edge out Blackburn

Blackburn Rovers    1-2  Manchester United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic spared Manchester United’s blushes at Ewood Park as the FA Cup holders came from behind to beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 and reach the quarterfinals.

United’s reward for reaching the last eight is a trip to Premier League leaders Chelsea and a return to Stamford Bridge for Jose Mourinho.

It was far from straightforward at a gloomy Ewood Park as Rovers attempted to join surprise packages Lincoln and Millwall in the quarterfinal draw — a dream that came a step closer to becoming reality as Danny Graham smashed home a stylish opener after 17 minutes.

The outstanding strike was matched in its quality by the Henrikh Mkhitaryan pass that put Marcus Rashford through to level in the 27th minute, but United struggled to build on the goal despite controlling possession.

Mourinho turned to his star-studded bench to ensure the win, and the move paid dividends 15 minutes from time as Ibrahimovic smartly turned home Pogba’s clipped pass to the delight of the 7,283 travelling fans.

Harry Kane hat trick sends Tottenham past Fulham in FA Cup

Fulham  0-3  Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane scored a hat trick as Tottenham Hotspur saw off Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage to reach the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.

A dominant Tottenham were too much for their Championship opponents with captain Kane opening the scoring in the first half before adding two more in the second to send his side into the last eight of the competition.

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