FA Cup Weekend in 20 Pictures

Matt Cheetham@@Matt_CheethamCorrespondent IFebruary 16, 2014

FA Cup Weekend in 20 Pictures

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    The FA Cup has reached its quarterfinal stage.

    The postponement of Sheffield Wednesday vs. Charlton, along with Monday's clash between Brighton and Hull City, leaves 10 teams still standing in this season's competition.

    The fifth round brought some marquee fixtures as well as another batch of upsets

    Here's a look back at the stories of the weekend in pictures.

Craig Gardner Strikes First

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    The first game of the round saw an all-Premier League tie as Sunderland hosted Southampton.

    Craig Gardner blasted the home side in front on 49 minutes, firing in from outside the box.

Rickie Lambert Blazes over Saints' Best Chance

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    Southampton spurned a glorious chance to equalise on 82 minutes through Rickie Lambert.

    The England striker managed to miss the target completely from well inside the six-yard box, missing in a way that would be hard to repeat.

Sunderland's Cup Form Continues

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    Sunderland held on for the win to maintain their impressive cup form this season.

    The Black Cats face Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final and are now just a win away from another trip to Wembley.

Cardiff Fluff Multiple Chances

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    Sheffield Wednesday's game with Charlton was postponed, leaving just one 3 p.m. kick-off on Saturday in the entire fifth round.

    Cardiff hosted the current holders, Wigan, and the home side were left to rue several misses in front of goal.

Another FA Cup Moment for Ben Watson

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    Ben Watson was Wigan's Wembley hero last May, scoring the winning goal against Manchester City.

    Once again, the midfielder made the difference, firing in what proved to be the winner on 39 minutes.

Holders March On

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    Despite their Championship status, Wigan took another Premier League scalp en route to the final eight.

    The holders will be rank outsiders to repeat their 2013 success, but are now 90 minutes from an unlikely return to Wembley.

Sir Tom Finney Remembered

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    Periods of silence or applause preceded every Cup tie in tribute to England and Preston North End legend Sir Tom Finney, who sadly passed away on Friday.

Stevan Jovetic Impresses

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    Stevan Jovetic was one of Manchester City's leading performers in a 2-0 win over Chelsea.

    The Montenegro striker scored the first goal after 16 minutes to help the 2013 finalists into an early lead.

Samir Nasri Wraps It Up

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    Chelsea were unable to reach the same levels of their recent 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.

    As WhoScored records, the Londoners failed to register a shot on target and were effectively eliminated once Samir Nasri grabbed a second on 67 minutes.

A Rare Failure for Jose Mourinho

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    Jose Mourinho found his side outplayed by Manchester City and was perhaps left regretting his controversial comments about Arsene Wenger.

    His "specialist in failure" remarks, via BBC Sport, caused a huge reaction in the media, though it's once again the manager being discussed after a defeat as opposed to his team.

Lacina Traore Makes a Quick Introduction

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    Everton made a fast start against Swansea, as Lacina Traore scored just four minutes into his debut.

    The giant Ivorian showed deceptive poise to flick home Sylvain Distin's pass and fully introduce himself to English football.

Jonathan De Guzman Brings Swansea Level

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    After such an early goal, many anticipated a comfortable afternoon for the Toffees against a weakened Swansea XI.

    However, Jonathan De Guzman's equaliser kept the sides together during an even first half.

Errors See Toffees Through

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    Swansea eventually folded, effectively handing Everton a route through thanks to two critical mistakes.

    Neil Taylor's poor pass played Steven Naismith in to score before Jazz Richards fouled the Scotsman in the penalty area, allowing Leighton Baines to score from the spot.

Roberto Martinez Chasing an FA Cup Double

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    Everton's win saw Roberto Martinez triumph over his previous club, managed by his former teammate, Garry Monk.

    The Catalan is targeting a second FA Cup win in successive seasons.

Nottingham Forest Start Fast at Sheffield United

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    Billy Davies watched his side race off to a rapid start against League One Sheffield United.

    Jamie Paterson scored after 28 minutes as the Championship side began well.

Conor Coady Draws United Level

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    However, Sheffield United scored an equaliser on 66 minutes through Conor Coady.

    The Liverpool loanee capitalised on a poor error from Dorus de Vries, who spilled John Brayford's cross right in front of him.

Dramatic Final Moments See Blades Go Through

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    Sheffield United went on to secure a momentous win in stoppage time, as Chris Porter scored twice in the final stages.

    His goals sparked wild scenes among 25,000 supporters, as the Blades became the lowest-ranked quarter-finalists since 1990.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Gets Gunners Going

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    Arsenal scored early in their tie with Liverpool, preventing the Reds from entering their lethal counter-attacking mode.

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain notched his third goal in four games, reacting first to turn home a rebound after 16 minutes.

Lukas Podolski Doubles the Advantage

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    Lukas Podolski then gave the hosts a valuable two-goal cushion on 52 minutes.

    The German international found the net for just the fourth time this season, set up by Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Tale of Two Penalties

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    Liverpool rallied in the second half and were perhaps unfortunate to find themselves eliminated.

    A Steven Gerrard penalty clawed them back into the game on 59 minutes before Howard Webb ignored passionate protests for a second spot-kick on Luis Suarez.