Newport knock Leicester out of FA Cup in magic third round moment

Hope Soto
January 8, 2019

The FA Cup delivered two big shocks in the third round on Sunday as Premier League team Fulham was humiliated by fourth-tier Oldham and non-league side Barnet beat Sheffield United despite a gap of 84 places in English soccer's pyramid.

Jamille Matt headed home for the fourth tier side in the 10th minute, putting them on track for a huge upset, only for Rachid Ghezzal to break the home side's hearts with an equaliser in the 82nd minute.

Humble Welsh club Newport had led from the 10th minute but their dream appeared to have been snatched away when Rachid Ghezzal smashed in a late equaliser, only for Padraig Amond to send the Rodney Parade faithful insane with a penalty victor.

"He faced a few of my penalties in training so I was hoping he wouldn't remember", Amond said. "The magic of the FA Cup happened today, definitely".

"I think we need to be ready because I know the tradition of the cup", he told a press conference.

Fulham were awarded a soft penalty but Alexsandar Mitrovic, brought off the bench to take the kick, had his effort superbly saved by a Danish keeper Daniel Iversen.

Sam Surridge and Callum Lang got the goals to send Claudio Ranieri's charges packing.

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"It's Roy of the Rovers stuff".

On another day of surprises following Cardiff, Huddersfield and Ipswich's exits to lower league opposition on Saturday, Barnet beat Sheffield United at Bramall Lane thanks to Shaquile Coulthirst's penalty on 21 minutes.

He said: 'I'm probably the proudest man in Oldham.

"I wouldn't say they deserved it, but they battled to the end". There were one or two scary moments but we came through it.

This is the first time two top-flight sides have been knocked out of The FA Cup by teams from the fourth tier or below on the same day since 7 January 1989, when Middlesbrough were beaten by Grimsby (fourth tier) and Coventry City by Sutton United (non-League).

There were seven different scorers at Etihad Stadium.

The other City scorers were Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Nicolas Otamendi, while there was also an own-goal by Semi Ajayi.

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