Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hooligan's Wake Up: Two non-league sides through to FA Cup Fourth Round

Yesterday's Scores
FA Cup- First Round Replay
AFC Wimbledon 1-3 Sutton United
(Elliot 10')-(Deacon 75', Biamou 90', Fitchett 90+6')

Barnsley 1-2 Blackpool
(MacDonald 49')-(Mellor 30', Samuel 120+1')

Burnley 2-0 Sunderland
(Vokes 44', Gray 83')

Fleetwood Town 0-1 Bristol City
(Paterson 17')

Crystal Palace 2-1 Bolton Wanderers
(Benteke 68', 77')-(Henry 48')

Lincoln City 1-0 Ipswich Town
(Arnold 90+1')

Two non-league sides are through to the fourth round after stunning victories over superior opponents. First off, we saw Sutton United take down League Two's AFC Wimbledon. That is only a one tier difference. The real upset came when fifth division Lincoln City got a late winner to upset second tier Ipswich Town.

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Inter Milan 3-2 Bologna
(Murillo 33', Palacio 39', Candreva 98')-(Dzemaili 43', Donsah 73')

Africa Cup of Nations
Ghana 1-0 Uganda
(Ayew PK 32')

Mali 0-0 Egypt

Another high profile player has turned down a ton of money from China. Manchester City's Yaya Toure had an offer of  £430,000 per week from a Chinese Super League club and he rejected it. His contract with City is up at the end of the year and he is still open to a move this month, but he hopes to remain in the Premier League.

New roster rules in the top two tiers of Chinese football have made it tougher for teams to lure stars to their country. Out of concern that the leagues may not be serving their stated purpose of building Chinese talent, the leagues have cut down the number of foreign players in a starting lineup from four to three and taken measures to curb spending on international stars. These rules have already killed a number of European moves, including one bid for Diego Costa.

Today's Matches
FA Cup- First Round Replay
Newcastle v. Birmingham City- 2:45pm
Plymouth Argyle v. Liverpool- 2:45pm- FS1
Southampton v. Norwich City- 2:45pm

Copa del Rey- Quarterfinals First Leg
AD Alcorcon v. Alaves- 1:15pm
Real Madrid v. Celta Vigo- 3:15pm

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Sassuolo v. Cesena- 11:30am
Lazio v. Genoa- 3pm

Ligue 1
Nantes v. Caen- 2pm

Coupe de France- Round of 64
FC Fleury 91 v. Brest- 12:30pm

Africa Cup of Nations
Gabon v. Burkina Faso- 11am
Cameroon v. Guinea-Bissau- 2pm

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