The FA Cup set up it’s Quarter-Final ties this week, and there were some Premier League losses too.
In the Fifth Round ties, Liverpool faced Norwich City, Southampton faced West Ham United, Chelsea faced Luton, Nottingham Forest took on Huddersfield Town, Crystal Palace came up against Stoke City, Everton attempted to avoid a non-league upset against Boreham Wood, Manchester City faced Peterborough United and Tottenham travelled north to Middlesbrough.
In the first game of the round it was the turn of six-time Champions, Manchester City to confirm their place in the last-eight, and after some strong fight from Championship strugglers Peterborough, they did just that, with Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez giving them a 2-0 win.
Crystal Palace followed suit, also taking out lower league opposition, this time in the form of toke City. Cheikhou Kouyate gave the Eagles the lead at the start of the second-half, but Josh Tymon brought the visitors back in it. It was down to Jairo Riedewald to give Palace a 2-1 win with a cool slotted finish in the last 10 minutes.
The biggest shock of this round of the FA Cup came on the first night of action, with Spurs heading north and taking on Middlesbrough. After an end-to-end 90 minutes, the game fell into extra-time, where after several missed Spurs chances, youngster Josh Coburn sent Middlesbrough through and the Riverside into raptures.
On the second night of Cup action it was Chelsea’s turn to be given a scare, taking the short trip to Luton Town. The Hatters came out firing, taking the lead twice, but it was Chelsea’s quality that saw them through, with Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku teaming up to score the winning goals.
Southampton booked their Quarter-Final place with a comfortable 3-1 win over PL rivals West Ham, and Liverpool followed suit, beating Norwich 2-1.
The final tie involving a Premier League side saw Everton take on non-league Boreham Wood, and despite a valiant effort from underdogs, the Toffee’s found quality in the form of Solomon Rondon, who guided them to a 2-0 win.
The results mean that last years finalist’s, Chelsea, will travel to giant-killers Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace host Everton, Southampton take on Manchester City and Liverpool head to Nottingham Forest. These ties will take place across the weekend 19-20 March.