🏆 Newcastle through on penalties; Man City thump Luton; Leicester advance | OneFootball

🏆 Newcastle through on penalties; Man City thump Luton; Leicester advance | OneFootball

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Adam Booker·27 February 2024

🏆 Newcastle through on penalties; Man City thump Luton; Leicester advance

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The FA Cup fifth round was in full swing Tuesday night with three fixtures to get stuck into. Here is what went down around the grounds.

Newcastle advance after penalties

Scorers: Szmodics 79′ ; Gordon 71′

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Despite facing a raucous crowd at Ewood Park, Newcastle had control of the ball from the start, and looked reluctant to relinquish it.

Probing was all the Magpies could muster in the opening 20 minutes however, looking for cracks in the Rovers rearguard.

The first big chance fell to the home side however, as a superb counterattack ended with a Sammie Szmodics chance, but the forward sent his pacy shot just wide.

The hosts continued to trouble the Newcastle defence after the break, forcing a save out of Martin Dúbravka on a well-hit John Buckley effort from the edge of the box.

The deadlock was finally broken when Anthony Gordon set the Newcastle fans into a frenzy with a strike from inside the box past the hour mark.

Sammie Szmodics responded in rapid fashion for the home side however, tapping home a saved effort from point-blank range to pull Rovers level and send the tie to extra-time.

The visitors looked for all the world to find the winner in extra-time, but Aynsley Pears stepped up with a tremendous double save to keep the score level.

The two sides traded chances in extra-time, providing a scintillating watch for the neutrals, but neither set of attackers could find the back of the net.

After a miss for each side in the penalty shootout, Blackburn captain Dominic Hyam saw his spot-kick saved by Dúbravka to send Newcastle through.

Man City run riot over Luton

Scorers: Clark 44′ 52′ ; Haaland 3′, 18′, 40′, 55′, 58′, Kovačić 72′

Erling Haaland scored five as Manchester City thumped Luton away from home.

The ball was in the air more than it was on the ground in the opening exchanges as both sides looked to pick out their big centre-forwards.

It was City’s who found the back of the net first, and quickly. After a rapid counterattack, Kevin De Bruyne picked out Erling Haaland from close range to break the deadlock inside five minutes.

The Hatters responded well however, creating two big chances of their own shortly after Haaland’s opener, forcing the City defence into some heroic defending.

The two City stars linked up once again before the 20 minute mark, as De Bruyne played Haaland in behind before the forward slotted home the Blues’ second of the night.

Once again, those two combined to see Haaland complete his first-half hat-trick in style.

Luton responded however, when Jordan Clark lined up a long-range curler from the edge of the box to cut City’s lead to two before the break.

The home side reignited the tie after the break when Jordan Clark fired home once again, setting Kenilworth Road alight.

Those celebrations would not last long however, when, to nobody’s surprise, Kevin De Bruyne found Erling Haaland on the break once more to rekindle their two-goal lead.

Haaland backed up his fourth with another only minutes later, this time being picked out by Bernardo Silva on the edge of the box to all but put an end to Luton’s hopes.

Mateo Kovačić continued to rub salt in the Luton wound with a long-range effort that beat Tim Krul in the Luton net, extending City’s lead to four.

Leicester send Bournemouth out after extra-time

Scorers: Fatawu 105′

Leicester stunned Bournemouth in extra-time to see the Championship leaders book their spot in the next round.

It was the Foxes who dominated the ball in the early going, probing the Bournemouth defence in search of an opening.

The Cherries grew into the game as the half wore on however, regaining control and creating a flurry of half-chances of their own.

The visitors created some high-quality openings in the dying moments of the half, the best of which to fell to Marc Albrighton, but the winger saw his effort ring the post.

Neither side could find the back of the net inside 90 minutes however, forcing extra-time at a tense Vitality Stadium.

We had to wait a while for a goal to come, but the wait was well worth it, as Abdul Fatawu cut in from the wing before lacing his effort into the top-corner to all but snatch the win in the extra period.