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5 talking points from the weekend

5 talking points from the weekend

Take a look at the big moments from the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup

Get up to speed with everything you need to know from the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup

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The FA Cup is the competition that keeps on giving, and this weekend was one of the most memorable the tournament has given us in recent memory.


Big-name eliminations was the major theme, with West Ham, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur among the top sides coming up short. But the fifth-round draw will still feature some heavy hitters after both Manchester clubs and Chelsea came through their ties successfully.


Want to catch up on the biggest talking points? Read on for our round-up of the action…


1. Result of the weekend

AFC Wimbledon 4-2 West Ham United

If you claim to have seen this coming, we don’t believe you. Rooted to the foot of the League One table, AFC Wimbledon pulled off a major upset when they dumped the Hammers out of the competition at Kingsmeadow. Despite a spirited fightback by the visitors, Wimbledon outplayed, outfought and outclassed their opponents to the point where it was difficult to tell which side was from the Premier League.

2. Goal of the weekend

Niclas Eliasson after scoring for Bristol City against Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup

Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) v Bolton Wanderers

Robins midfielder Eliasson lit the fuse on a memorable weekend of FA Cup action with a belter against Bolton at Ashton Gate on Friday night. Turning the away side’s defence inside out and back to front, the Swede then powered a ferocious strike into the top corner to seal a 2-1 win for City.


3. Performance of the weekend

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) v Burnley

He may have had a stop-start season through injury, but Manchester City’s midfield maestro looked back to his devastating best during his side’s 5-0 demolition of Burnley. The Belgian was in the thick of the action all afternoon and capped a superb performance with a stunning low drive from the edge of the box.


4. Manager of the weekend

AFC Wimbledon manager Wally Downes after his team’s win over West Ham in the FA Cup

Wally Downes (AFC Wimbledon)

Downes was a key member of Wimbledon’s infamous “Crazy Gang” and he channelled the maverick spirit of his former club by steering AFC Wimbledon to an incredible triumph over West Ham. A host of bigger names won’t fancy drawing the Dons in the next round.


5. Geometer of the weekend

Alexis Sánchez (Manchester United)

There was something inevitable about Sánchez scoring against former club Arsenal, as United stormed to a 3-1 win over the Gunners on Friday. What was less predictable was the style in which he bagged his goal. Rounding Petr Čech after getting on the end of Romelu Lukaku’s disguised pass, the Chilean somehow squeezed the ball in from the tightest of angles to put the Red Devils 1-0 ahead.

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