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Postby kaisy on Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:52 am

LONDON -- The FA Cup produced a flurry of goals rather than any shocks on Sunday as Chelsea, Manchester City and Wigan all scored four times to knock out lower-league opposition. Defending champion Chelsea broke Brentfords resistance with a potent second-half attacking display to beat the third-tier club at the second attempt with a 4-0 win. Held by Brentford three weeks ago, Chelsea couldnt find a breakthrough until the 54th minute of the fourth-round replay when Juan Mata struck from the edge of the penalty area. Oscar found the net for the second time in four days, Frank Lampard side-footed in his 199th Chelsea goal, and captain John Terry headed in the fourth. Chelsea will play at Middlesbrough on Feb. 27 in the fifth round to decide who plays the winner of Mondays match between Manchester United and Reading. Man City is already through to the quarterfinals, in which it will play Barnsley, after thrashing second-tier club Leeds 4-0. Yaya Toure put City ahead after five minutes before Sergio Aguero scored from the penalty spot, helped to set up Carlos Tevezs goal after the break and then collected his second. Huddersfield spared the blushes of lower league teams, slightly, by at least scoring in a 4-1 loss to Wigan, although the second-tier club was already 3-0 down by that stage. The only Premier League fixture this weekend managed to eclipse the cup for goals, with Liverpool hammering Swansea 5-0. The cup shocks came on Saturday with second-tier club Blackburn winning at Arsenal and third-tier team Oldham holding Everton. In the quarterfinals next month, Everton or Oldham will host Wigan, and Blackburn will play Millwall in an all-League Championship encounter. Just how lucrative a cup run can be to lower-league teams was highlighted by Brentford estimating that it has earned more than $1 million from the two fourth-round matches against Chelsea. The seventh-place team in League One did manage to repel waves of attacks by Chelsea with a disciplined display in the first half, and even found the net through Marcello Trotta. But the referee had already blown for a foul on Brentford midfielder Adam Forshaw. Chelseas finishing was wayward in the first half, although Oscar did hit the post. After the break, the intensity was raised -- and Brentford paid the price. Goalkeeper Petr Cech launched the ball forward, Demba Ba held off the Brentford defence, and Mata picked up possession before crisply striking into the net. The second was even slicker from Oscar in the 68th. Eden Hazard, who had just replaced Victor Moses, seized possession near the halfway line and powered into the penalty area where he sent the ball to Branislav Ivanovic. The right back cut the ball back to Oscar, who flicked it into the net through three defenders. Chelsea took just three further minutes to make it 3-0. Mata broke down the left flank and squared the ball for an unmarked Lampard to volley home. The 34-year-old midfielders 199th goal puts him three behind Bobby Tamblings club record, however he hasnt been offered a new contract beyond the end of the season. Another member of Chelseas old guard found the net in the 82nd, with Terry meeting Oscars cross. "They made it very difficult," Terry said. "(They had) two banks of four and sat very deep." At Etihad Stadium, a City win seemed certain after neat link-up play between David Silva, Tevez and Yaya Toure led to the latter rounding goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown and scoring. Aguero was on target from the spot in the 15th after tangling with Tom Lees. The Argentina striker provided the cross seven minutes after the break that Tevez tapped in at the far post. And Aguero found the net again in the 74th after latching onto Silvas high, defence-splitting pass, and curling past Ashdown off the post. At Huddersfield, Wigan reached the quarterfinals for the first time in 26 years. Callum McManaman and Arouna Kone scored in the first half and James McArthur struck early in the second half for Wigan. Although Huddersfield substitute Lee Novak headed one back in the 62nd, Kone went on to power in his second in the 89th. At Anfield, the League Cup was on Swanseas minds as several key players, including top-scorer Michu, were left on the bench ahead of next Sundays final against Bradford. The weakened side collapsed after Steven Gerrards spot kick beat goalkeeper Michael Vorm in the 34th minute after Luis Suarez was fouled by Kemy Agustien. Just 16 seconds into the second half, Phillippe Coutinho marked his debut by going through the Swansea defence before beating Vorm. Inside five minutes, Liverpool was further ahead after Jose Enrique poked the ball into the net from Daniel Sturridges pass. Suarez went through past the Swansea centre backs before firing in the fourth and, after Wayne Routledge handled, Sturridge netted Liverpools second penalty in the 71st. Anaheim Ducks Jersey . So, too, are the chances of the team finishing in last place in the league. And that to coach Ralph Krueger is a step in the right direction. Ryan Getzlaf Authentic Jersey . The Japanese standout has won his first seven career home starts after the Rangers 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Overall, he matched the American League lead with his 10th victory less than halfway through his first season in the majors. http://www.nhlshop.us.com/Anaheim-Ducks ... tg-33.html . The Washington Wizards franchise player spent most of the fourth quarter on the bench during the teams latest loss, a game marred by complaints about playing time while it was in progress. Corey Perry Jersey . Harang immediately gives Seattle some experience and depth on a pitching staff thats been beaten up early in the season, especially the back end of the rotation. Rookie starter Brandon Maurer didnt make it out of the first inning Tuesday night and Blake Beavan has allowed five earned runs in both of his starts. Ryan Getzlaf Jersey . The Texas Rangers quickly got even, and the right-hander felt like he was starting over when he got back on the mound. MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Grimm is making the most of his opportunity with the Texas Rangers. Grimm pitched seven shutout innings to win his second consecutive start and the Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Friday night for their seventh victory in eight games. Filling in for injured starter Matt Harrison, the 24-year-old Grimm allowed five hits, struck out four and walked none. The right-hander pitched six innings of two-run ball in an 11-3 victory over Seattle on Sunday. Grimms solid outing against Minnesota came one night after fellow rookie Nick Tepesch held the Twins to just one run. "They have certainly been guys in our organization weve had a spotlight on, and because of the injuries opportunity presented itself," manager Ron Washington said. "We expect them to step up because they can pitch. Im not going to sit here and say we knew exactly what we were going to get, but we knew they werent afraid." Lance Berkman, Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler each had an RBI double for the Rangers, who finished with 13 hits. Adrian Beltre hit a solo homer in the sixth inning. Joe Ortiz started the ninth for Texas, but was pulled allowing a pair of hits and striking out Chris Parmelee. Joe Nathan struck out Trevor Plouffe before rookie Oswaldo Arcia hit a three-run homer to get the Twins within one. Nathan then got Ryan Doumit to fly out to earn his eighth save. Grimm (2-0) and Tepesch have been solid since Texas lost Colby Lewis to right elbow surgery and Harrison was sidelined by an inflamed nerve in his lower back. The two have combined to go 4-1 with a 2.11 ERA this season. "They know they have the potential to get guys out and thats what theyre doing," shortstop Elvis Andrus said. "We trust in every guy who comes here and pitches. Either here or minor leagues, our mentality is to be ready." Minnesotas biggest threat against Grimm came in the first inning when Joe Mauer reached on a throwing error by second baseman Kinsler and Justin Morneau hit a two-out double to put runners on second and third.dddddddddddd But Parmelee flied out to end the inning. The Twins managed just four baserunners the next seven innings. "(Grimm) did a really nice job and kept us off balance," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "A couple times when we did get some men out there he made big pitches when he had to. Hopefully well heat up here as an offence. Weve been a little inconsistent." With Lewis not expected to return until the end of May, Grimm relishes outings like Friday as he aims to prevent a return trip to Triple-A Round Rock. "I just want to pitch for this team, whether its in the rotation or not," Grimm said. "I want to prove that I belong here. Thats the whole idea." Scott Diamond (1-2) gave up three runs and 12 hits in 6 1-3 innings as the Twins lost their third straight and were shut out for the second time this season. Texas took an early lead on consecutive one-out doubles by Andrus and Berkman in the first inning. Berkman then scored on a two-out double from Cruz, who has driven in at least one run in six straight games and 13 total during that stretch. Cruzs six-game RBI streak matches Cincinnatis Todd Frazier and Detroits Prince Fielder for the longest in the major leagues this season. NOTES: With back-to-back victories against Minnesota, the Rangers will remain undefeated through eight series to start the season. Texas has won five series and split two. ... Mauer went hitless for the second straight game, just the second time hes done so in back-to-back games this season. Hes just 2 for 17 (.118) in his past five games after going 24 for 61 to start the season. ... The Rangers will start left-hander Derek Holland (1-1) on Saturday. Pedro Hernandez (0-0) will go for the Twins. ' ' '
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