First Manchester United and now Tottenham.
The second tier Middlesbrough continues to outpace the major clubs in the FA Cup. A goal at the start of the second half of extra time sealed a 1-0 win over Tottenham in the fifth round on Tuesday.
Led by Chris Wilder, who worked wonders for Sheffield United during his recent stay in the Premier League, they needed to win a penalty shootout at Old Trafford to beat United in the fourth round.
This time, at Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium, he won first when 19-year-old Josh Coburn, who came in as a substitute, narrowly hit an offside trap to chase down a serve deep, before finishing an angle. Saved. ,
This guarantees that the lower categories are represented in the draw that will define the quarter-final matches. However, it was the only shocking result on Tuesday.
Premier League rulers Manchester City defeated Second Division Peterborough in a quiet 2–0 win, although goals came through Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish in the second half.
Crystal Palace beat second division club Stoke 2–1.
The fifth round will be completed this Wednesday and Thursday.
campaign without trophies
The defeat ensured that Tottenham would end another season without a trophy. They haven’t got one since 2008, when they won the League Cup.
After last week’s loss at Burnley, Tottenham manager Antonio Conte openly questioned whether he was the right person to lead the team.
The Italians looked more calm after the most recent shock.
“I repeat, we have to survive the ups and downs, and there is only one way to improve the situation: work and learn from this defeat,” Conte said. We have to keep moving forward and do our best this season.
Grealish and Phil Foden sat together on the bus for the Peterbra match, killing time watching some Lionel Messi videos.
Turns out he was inspired.
A goal from Grealish in the 67th minute made it 2–0 and dashed any hopes of a Peterbrough turnaround. And Messi himself would have proudly signed on to that goal.
Foden picked up a ball just ahead of the midfield line and sent a high pass to Grealish, who controlled brilliantly with his right boot and did even better with his left.
“After I scored, he came up to me and said, ‘That was exactly the goal we were looking for,'” Grealish said.