Fourth-tier Underdogs, Crawley, Knock out Bielsa’s Leeds
Leeds suffered an embarrassing FA Cup exit versus Crawley as the League Two side swept to a shock 3-0 win, while Timo Werner ended his Chelsea objective dry spell and Bernardo Silva sparkled for Manchester City as the Premier League giants alleviated into the 4th round on Sunday.
It was Crawley Town that provided among the FA Cup third round’s most emphatic upsets as the League Two underdogs tore apart Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds.
3 second-half goals rewarded a great efficiency from John Yems’ side as they downplayed the 62 places in between themselves and their Premier League visitors.
Nick Tsaroulla, playing only his seventh game in senior football, set the ball rolling, beating three Leeds protectors to fire house an excellent solo opener.
United keeper Kiko Casilla’s mistake allowed Ashley Nadesan to double the lead prior to Jordan Tunnicliffe included a 3rd for Crawley, who might have won by more.
Bielsa made 7 modifications to his side but Leeds fielded England midfielder Kalvin Phillips among several routine top-flight starters consisting of Pablo Hernandez, Ezgjan Alioski and club record signing Rodrigo.
Leeds’ loss is the very first time in 34 years a top-flight side has actually lost to a fourth-tier group by 3 or more goals and only the 2nd ever instance considering that a fourth division was contributed to the Football League in 1958.
Chelsea, eight-time winners of the FA Cup and runners-up last season, revealed Leeds how to handle an upset danger as they surged League 2 group Morecambe 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Two-time world heavyweight boxing champ Tyson Fury has a gym at Morecambe’s Mazuma Stadium, but it was Chelsea who delivered the knockout blows.
Mason Mount marked his 22nd birthday in unforgettable fashion as the midfielder fired in from 25 yards in the 18th minute.
Werner finally got on the scoresheet in the 44th minute, bundling house after Kai Havertz headed into his course.
Callum Hudson-Odoi struck in the 49th minute and Havertz got the fourth in the 85th minute.
Elsewhere, Romantics looking for a shock at the Etihad Stadium were left disappointed as Manchester City travelled to a 3-0 win versus 2nd tier Birmingham.
Pep Guardiola made 4 modifications from the team that beat Manchester United in the League Cup semi-finals on Wednesday.
Bernardo Silva was one of those who can be found in and he opened the scoring with an outstanding half-volley after 8 minutes.
Silva struck again with a close-range surface in the 15th minute and Phil Foden got the 3rd in the 33rd minute.