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Only two non-Premier League sides will take part in the FA Cup quarterfinals this season, after Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace both punched tickets against lower-tier opposition on Sunday.
Swansea City also beat Brentford in a matchup of Championship sides, joining Millwall as the only second-tier teams still standing.
One final fifth-round FA Cup fixture is still to be played, and it’s Monday between Manchester United and Chelsea, which means one giant will be going on and the other will be going home.
Wolves beat back Bristol City to continue successful season
Wolverhampton Wanderers is currently in the top eight of the Premier League, and now it’s in the final eight of the FA Cup.
The extensive Portuguese influence on the club’s season continued as Ivan Cavaleiro scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at Bristol City. The 25-year-old is normally a substitute for Wolves but got the start up top, and he made sure it counted in the 28th minute after a nice set-up by Matthew Doherty:
Bristol is mounting a challenge for Premier League promotion in the Championship and gave a good account of itself, forcing Wolves back into their own end for stretches and outshooting the visitors.
Still, Wolves are alive for a shot at their first FA Cup trophy since 1960 and fifth overall, which would move them into a tie for sixth-most all time.
First-half goals propel Crystal Palace
Palace did precisely what it had to do facing the only third-division side left in the competition, scoring twice early and then withdrawing deeper to prevent Doncaster Rovers from jumping back into the game.
Jeffrey Schlupp and Maximilian Meyer scored the goals as Palace won 2-0, and the first arrived inside of 10 minutes on a lightning-quick counter helmed almost exclusively by Schlupp:
The second was a well-worked team goal that came right before halftime, with Meyer guiding home a header on from Andros Townsend:
Doncaster Rovers had a flurry of chances early in the second half to pull a goal back, but ultimately Palace kept the clean sheet and punched its quarterfinal ticket.
Swansea advances behind speed, skill and straight red card
Before you do anything else, just look at how fast Swansea City’s Daniel James is:
That’s three quarters of the pitch covered in the blink of an eye, all to give Swansea a lead it would not relinquish in a 4-1 victory.
Brentford watched its halftime erased within 10 minutes thanks to an own goal and James’ sterling run, and Ezri Konsa Ngoyo later received a straight red card for denying a goal-scoring opportunity in his own half.
Bersant Celina put the game away with a slaloming run in the 66th minute:
George Byers tagged on the fourth for Swansea, which started United States international Cameron Carter-Vickers at center back. Carter-Vickers has now played the full 90 minutes in Swansea’s last six games, and the 21-year-old is making a firm case for a national team call-up.
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