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  • 28 February 2024

Newcastle Survive Blackburn Scare

In a weekend filled with FA Cup drama, Newcastle United found themselves on the brink of an upset against Blackburn Rovers. Despite taking the lead through Anthony Gordon's late goal, Eddie Howe's side were forced to dig deep as Blackburn fought back, ultimately sending the tie into extra time. With tension mounting, goalkeeper Martin Dubravka emerged as the hero, pulling off crucial saves and thwarting Blackburn's advances. The match culminated in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout, where Dubravka's heroics proved decisive, securing Newcastle's place in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Leicester City produced a stunning upset against Bournemouth, prevailing in a closely contested affair that required extra time to settle. With both teams fielding much-changed lineups, the match provided a platform for emerging talent to shine. It was 19-year-old Abdul Fatawu who stole the spotlight with a thunderous strike in the 105th minute, clinching victory for the Foxes and propelling them into the next round.

In another display of dominance, reigning champions Manchester City delivered a masterclass performance against Luton Town, securing a resounding 6-2 victory. Erling Haaland stole the show with a remarkable five-goal haul, showcasing his clinical finishing prowess and reaffirming City's status as formidable contenders for the FA Cup title.

As the dust settles on the fifth round of FA Cup action, the stage is set for an exhilarating quarter-final showdown. With underdogs rising to the occasion and favorites asserting their dominance, the magic of the FA Cup continues to captivate football fans worldwide.

 

 

 

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