SUTTON, England -- Three quick thoughts from the FA Cup fifth-round clash at Gander Green Lane, where Arsenal edged Sutton 2-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
1. Arsenal made hard work of Sutton
Some respite for Arsene Wenger at last. Arsenal were hit by every misfortune and ill omen in the handbook of FA Cup shocks. They arrived late, struggled with the conditions and were shaken by the physicality of their hosts, but they just about held their nerve to prevail 2-0 over tenacious non-leaguers...
BLACKBURN, England -- Manchester United are becoming accustomed to winning without Wayne Rooney, so much so that his absence from Sunday's FA Cup fifth round victory against Blackburn Rovers passed without the merest hint of angst over the their captain's injury-enforced absence at Ewood Park. Marcus Rashford's first-half goal, which cancelled out Danny Graham's opener for the home team, preceded Zlatan Ibrahimovic's second-half winner, a goal that spared Jose Mourinho and his players an unwanted...
BLACKBURN, England -- Three thoughts from Manchester United's 2-1 win at Blackburn, which sees them advance to the FA Cup quarterfinals.
1. Man United substitutes get the job done
There was half an hour remaining when Jose Mourinho signalled his determination to avoid a replay. There was a quarter of an hour to go when Manchester United's deluxe replacements powered the holders into the last eight of the FA Cup.
Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic came on together. They linked up again, albeit separated...
LONDON -- Three quick thoughts from Craven Cottage as Tottenham eased through the FA Cup fifth round with a 3-0 win over Fulham on Sunday afternoon.
1. Kane tallies treble as Spurs cruise
Tottenham breezed into the FA Cup quarterfinals having made short work of Fulham. Harry Kane, a prematch doubt to play at Craven Cottage, grabbed a clinically executed hat-trick: his final goal came in the 73rd minute, just as manager Mauricio Pochettino was trying to substitute his captain for the...
WOLVERHAMPTON, England -- Three quick thoughts from Chelsea's 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday.
1. Chelsea wobble but stay on track for double
Chelsea remain on track for a Premier League and FA Cup double, although they had far from their own way against a bold Wolves side at Molineux. A header by Pedro midway through the second half and a sharp late finish by Diego Costa sealed their place in the quarterfinals, but the home side, who had won at Liverpool...
MADRID -- Three quick thoughts from Real Madrid's 2-0 win in La Liga over Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu.
1. Much-changed Real stay in control of title race
La Liga leaders Real Madrid maintained their control of the title race as Alvaro Morata and Gareth Bale got the goals in Saturday afternoon's straightforward 2-0 win over Espanyol at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.