Fourth-tier League Two side Crawley Town stunned Leeds United in the FA Cup third round on Sunday with a 3-0 home win.
Brighton & Hove Albion scraped through after their goalkeeper Jason Steele saved four penalties over a sudden death shoot-out to win 4-3 after the game ended 1-1 in 90 minutes.
There was no dream upset for semi-professional side Marine against eight-time cup winners Tottenham Hotspur as Jose Mourinho’s men hammered the Liverpool-based eighth-tier team 5-0.
Carlos Vinicius scored a first half hat-trick in 13 minutes with Lucas Moura adding a superb free-kick to show that the hosts were out of their depth by the break.
Alfie Devine, Tottenham‘s youngest-ever first team player at 16-year-old, fired in the fifth on the hour mark.
Chelsea cruised into the next phase with a 4-0 win over fourth-tier Morecambe while Bernando Silva scored twice in Manchester City’s 3-0 success against Birmingham.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed later that striker Sergio Aguero was absent because he is self-isolating after coming into contact with coronavirus.
“Unfortunately he was in contact with a person who has tested positive [for coronavirus] and that’s why he must be isolated for a few days,” he explained.
“I don’t know exactly how long he will be missing because he has been tested, like all of us, six times in the past 10 or 15 days.”
Solly March thought he had won the tie for Brighton with his 90th minute strike but in the sixth minute of added time an unfortunate own goal from Brighton’s Adam Webster gave Newport hope as they played on.
In the FA Cup this year there are no replays after draws because of the impact coronavirus has had on the football calendar – meaning all ties must be decided in extra time or a penalty shoot-out.
Goalkeeper Steele was phenomenal as he saved three Newport spot-kicks but Brighton missed three to open up another round, where Webster earned redemption for his own goal with the winning stroke.
Earlier, Nick Tsaroulla had an emotional day for Crawley after the former Tottenham academy player burst through to score the second-half opener against Leeds.
The 21-year-old was released from his contract by Spurs two years ago and he had to fight back the tears in his post-match interview.
“It’s crazy. It’s been a long hard road for me with a couple of tough years, but what a moment for me,” said Tsaroulla.
“It was all a bit of a blur. But I am buzzing. Anyone can come back from everything and I just hope that I can inspire somebody else out there.”
Ashley Nadesan netted the second two minutes later and Jordan Tunicliffe put paid to Leeds’ hopes of a comeback on 70 minutes after he knocked in the third from close range to seal their place in round four.
Marine welcomed the stars of Tottenham to their Rossett Park ground, where fans watched and blew horns in support from houses that are connected to the pitch.
The closest they came to scoring was hitting the crossbar twice and after Vinicus walked in Tottenham‘s first two goals and completed his hat- trick with a lobbed effort, it was clear that there was little chance of an upset.
“I’m very proud of them. It was always going to be tough,” said Marine coach Neil Young.
“I’ve got to give credit to Jose Mourinho and his team, they showed us a lot of respect.”
Still, the tie helped the club raise 30,000 from virtual tickets sold online, while fans are supposed to obide by English lockdown rules put in place to battle the spread of Covid-19.
“I’ve never played against a side at this level in the pyramid but but I know what this means for everyone so I brought a good team,” said Spurs boss Mourinho, who also purchased an e-ticket.
“For them I think it is incredible to have Gareth Bale playing here. They compete and the result is not one to be ashamed of so everyone goes home happy.”
The draw for the fourth and fifth rounds will be made on Monday before West Ham United complete the third round’s final tie against Stockport County.