FA Cup Third Round: Round-up

Liverpool were held to a surprise 0-0 draw by League Two side Plymouth Argyle in Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie.

Manager Jurgen Klopp selected the youngest starting line-up in Liverpool’s history, with the average age of the starters at 21 years and 296 days.

The hosts were frustrated by Argyle, who put in a dogged display, blocked 14 of Liverpool’s 28 shots and made countless other clearances to keep their illustrious opponents at bay.

It means that the teams will head to Plymouth for a replay in just over a week’s time, adding one more match to an already hectic January schedule for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The two sides will meet again at Home Park on Wednesday January 18.

Wayne Rooney became Manchester United’s joint all-time leading scorer, as they made light work of Championship side Reading, winning 4-0 on Saturday.

Rooney scored his 249th Manchester United goal to go level with Sir Bobby Charlton, before Anthony Martial doubled the lead before half-time.

Marcus Rashford then ended his 18-match scoring drought, before seizing on a horrible error by Reading goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi to book United’s place in the fourth round.

Manchester City cruised to a comfortable 5-0 victory against an out-of-sorts West Ham side on Friday night.

The London side were way off the pace as they continue to struggle at their new London Stadium home.

The game was effectively over as a contest before half-time, thanks to goals from Yaya Toure, Havard Nordveit (OG) and David Silva.

Sergio Aguero made it 4-0 in the second half, before John Stones scored his first Manchester City goal to wrap up the win.

Premier League leaders Chelsea are through to the fourth round after comfortably beating League One side Peterborough at Stamford Bridge.

Pedro scored twice in a 4-1 win for the hosts, who had returning captain John Terry sent off in the second half.

Arsenal survived a scare before going on to beat Championship side Preston North End 2-1 at Deepdale.

The home side took the lead in the 7th minute through Callum Robinson, before goals from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud spared the Gunners’ blushes.

Tottenham are also through to Monday’s fourth round draw after defeating Championship side Aston Villa.

Ben Davies and Son Heung-Min scored the goals as Spurs won an otherwise uneventful encounter.

Six Premier League sides were eliminated at the third-round stage. Everton lost 2-1 at home to Leicester City, whilst Bournemouth lost away at third-tier Millwall in what was perhaps the biggest upset of the weekend.

Swansea lost away at relegation rivals Hull, and Stoke and West Brom also join West Ham in departing the competition, after losing at home to Championship sides Wolves and Derby respectively.

Elsewhere, Watford are through after beating Burton 2-0, while Middlesbrough beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-0. Sunderland and Burnley face a replay after drawing 0-0, while Crystal Palace and Southampton also play again after drawing against Bolton and Norwich.

Lincoln City and Sutton United are the only two remaining non-league sides remaining in this year’s competition, however both sides must negotiate replays if they are to make the fourth round.

Lincoln drew 2-2 away at Championship side Ipswich, while Sutton drew 0-0 at home to AFC Wimbledon of League One.

Sixth-tier Sutton are the lowest-ranked team left in the draw after seventh-tier Stourbridge succumbed to Wycombe, while Conference sides Barrow and Eastleigh also bowed out, losing to Rochdale and Brentford respectively.

Championship leaders Brighton beat MK Dons 2-0, while second-placed Newcastle drew 1-1 at Birmingham. Fellow Championship sides Fulham, Blackburn and Wigan are through after beating Cardiff, QPR and Nottingham Forest respectively.

League One sides Huddersfield and Oxford are through after seeing off Port Vale and Rotherham respectively, while League Two Accrington are the lowest-ranked side definitely through to the fourth round, after beating Luton 2-1.

Blackpool and Barnsley require a replay after drawing 0-0, as do Bristol City and Fleetwood, who also ended goalless.


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