FA cup : Fifth round results – Leicester, Burnley dumped  by lower tiers; City held; Chelsea cruise

​Burnley 0 – 1 Lincoln

Huddersfield Town 0 – 0 Manchester City

Middlesbrough 3 – 2 Oxford United

Millwall 1 – 0 Leicester City

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 – 2 Chelsea

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 – 2 Chelsea

Second half goals from Pedro and Diego Costa handed Chelsea a hard-fought 2-0 win over Wolves in the FA Cup fifth round at Molineux. 

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 quarter-finals.
A double in Antonio Conte’s first season as head coach is still on.
Wolves had lost their last three Championship games.

  • Huddersfield Town 0 – 0 Manchester City

Championship high-flyers Huddersfield Town have taken Manchester City to a FA Cup replay after holding Pep Guardiola’s men to a 0-0 draw.

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.
City’s next game is a champions League clash against Monaco.

  • Millwall 1 – 0 Leicester City

Leicester City’s awful recent form shows no signs of improving after they sank to a late 1-0 FA Cup defeat to League One side Millwall.

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.

With more than one eye on their Champions League trip first-leg clash at Sevilla next week and their Premier League encounter against Liverpool a week on Monday, Ranieri made 10 changes to his side which lost at Swansea.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez were relegated to the bench while Demarai Gray was the only survivor from the 2-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium – a result which leaves Leicester hovering dangerously above the relegation zone.

  • ​Burnley 0 – 1 Lincoln

Sean Raggett wrote himself into FA Cup folklore by scoring a 89th minute winner for non-league Lincoln as they beat Burnley 1-0 in the FA Cup.

The deserved triumph sees Lincoln become the first non-league club to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals since it adopted its current structure in 1925, with QPR, in 1914, having been the last to get to that stage of the competition.

Lincoln’s run to this round – featuring victories over Championship sides Ipswich and Brighton – had been remarkable as it was.

But this really was something special from Danny Cowley’s men, not just in that they beat a top-flight side away, but particularly given it was Burnley, who had won seven of their previous eight home matches in all competitions.

  • Middlesbrough 3 – 2 Oxford United

League One Oxford came back from two goals down at Middlesbrough before falling to a 3-2 defeat thanks to a late Cristhian Stuani winner.

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.

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