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Friday 15 February 2013

FA Cup: Fernando Torres to the rescue for Chelsea in day of shocks

Rafael Benitez's side held by Brentford while Liverpool and Spurs are knocked out

  • Fernando Torres's late goal kept Chelsea in the FA Cup

  • Luis Suarez equalises for Liverpool but Oldham went on to win

  • Tottenham's Gareth Bale in action with Leeds' El-Hadji Diouf

Of the three Barclays Premier League teams in FA Cup fourth-round action on Sunday only Chelsea remain after Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool were knocked out by teams from the lower leagues.

Rafael Benitez’s side are only in the draw for the fifth round thanks to a late equaliser from Fernando Torres away to Brentford. The League One side opened the scoring at Griffin Park, where Chelsea play in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League, through Marcello Trotta, but Oscar equalised in the second half.

Brentford regained the lead from Harry Forrester’s penalty but, with seven minutes remaining, Torres’s curled effort earned a replay at Stamford Bridge at a date yet to be announced. Should they beat Brentford Chelsea will travel to Middlesbrough in the fifth round.

Ross Turnbull played in the Chelsea goal after Petr Cech was withdrawn with an injury. Benitez did not specify who would be in goal to face Reading on Wednesday in the Barclays Premier League.

Leeds stun Spurs

Spurs were knocked out of the competition they have won eight times by Leeds United at Elland Road. Luke Varney’s 15th-minute goal gave the home side a half-time lead that was doubled by Ross McCormack five minutes after the restart.

Clint Dempsey pulled a goal back for Spurs on 58 minutes but Andre Villas-Boas’s team could not find an equaliser against the Championship side, who have been drawn to travel to Manchester City in the next round.

Spurs striker Jermain Defoe missed the match with a longstanding pelvic problem. Villas-Boas would not say whether the player would return to face Norwich City in the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday.

Liverpool exited the FA Cup at the hands of League One’s Oldham Athletic, going down 3-2 at Boundary Park. Luis Suarez’s individual effort cancelled out Matt Smith’s third-minute opener but Oldham regained the lead through Smith in first-half injury-time.

The home side went 3-1 up with a looping header by Reece Wabara, who is on loan from Manchester City. Joe Allen’s deflected strike gave Liverpool hope with 11 minutes remaining but the closest they came was Steven Gerrard’s shot that hit the bar.

The reward for Oldham was another Barclays Premier League side at home in the fifth round, with Everton the visitors.

In the other fifth-round ties, Manchester United have been drawn at home to Barclays Premier League opposition again. Having beaten Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday, Sir Alex Ferguson’s team face Reading, the seventh FA Cup tie in a row that United will play a team from the same division. Arsenal are at home to Blackburn.

For a review of Saturday's ties, click here.

Fifth-round draw

Huddersfield/Leicester v Wigan
MK Dons v Barnsley
Oldham v Everton
Luton v Millwall
Arsenal v Blackburn
Manchester City v Leeds United
Manchester United v Reading
Middlesbrough v Brentford/Chelsea

Ties to be played on the weekend of February 16 and 17.

FA Cup fourth-round results

27 January
Brentford 2-2 Chelsea
Leeds United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Oldham Athletic 3-2 Liverpool

26 January
Stoke City
0-1 Manchester City
Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Everton
Brighton & Hove Albion 2-3 Arsenal
Derby County 0-3 Blackburn Rovers
Huddersfield Town 1-1 Leicester City
Hull City 0-1 Barnsley
Macclesfield Town 0-1 Wigan Athletic
Middlesbrough 2-1 Aldershot Town
Norwich City
0-1 Luton Town
Queens Park Rangers 2-4 MK Dons
Reading 4-0 Sheffield United
Manchester United 4-1 Fulham

25 January
Millwall 2-1 Aston Villa

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Key Points

  • Chelsea need late equaliser from Fernando Torres to draw with Brentford in FA Cup
  • Tottenham are knocked out by Leeds United in fourth-round tie
  • Liverpool also go out, losing 3-2 to Oldham Athletic