A late, controversial penalty for Harry Kane gave Tottenham Hotspur a dramatic equaliser against Leicester City on Sunday, while Oxford United sprung the biggest shock of the FA Cup third round as the League Two side beat the Premier League's Swansea City 3-2 at the Kassam Stadium.
Elsewhere, Chelsea avoided suffering Swansea's fate as they saw off Scunthorpe United 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. In the day’s other two games, Carlisle United drew 2-2 with Yeovil Town and Shrewsbury Town earned a 1-0 win to upset Cardiff City.
Here are the games to come on Sunday and a recap of the best of the action so far from yet another pulsating day in the FA Cup.
|Time (GMT)||Home Side||Score||Away Side|
|12 p.m.||Oxford United||3-2||Swansea City|
|2 p.m.||Chelsea||2-0||Scunthorpe United|
|2 p.m.||Carlisle United||2-2||Yeovil Town|
|4 p.m.||Tottenham Hotspur||2-2||Leicester City|
|6 p.m.||Cardiff City||0-1||Shrewsbury Town|
Spurs and Foxes Draw, Fourth-Tier Oxford Stun Swansea
The likes of Kane, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez were missing from the starting lineups at White Hart Lane, but Leicester and Tottenham produced an exciting encounter.
Spurs took the lead after eight minutes when Christian Eriksen pounced on a rebound from Kasper Schmeichel, who could only palm away Heung-Min Son's effort.
Former Tottenham chairman Alan Sugar believed his side needed to capitalise on their strong start and score again:
Early goal for Spurs v Leicester 1-0 by Eriksen . They need to crank up the action to go 2 ahead otherwise Leicester will equalise.— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) January 10, 2016
Sugar was proved correct as the hosts' lead lasted just 11 minutes, as Marcin Wasilewski glanced home Demarai Gray's corner—the winger assisting excellently in his debut for the Foxes.
Shinji Okazaki was brought on for the visitors at half-time, and the Japan international wasted little time in making an impact as he found the net within two minutes. The 29-year-old latched onto a lovely forward pass from Andy King and squirmed past two defenders before sending an effort at Michel Vorm, who parried the ball straight back to the striker to stab in.
Squawka Football noted the way Leicester thrive on the road:
Leicester have now scored 2+ goals in 10 of their 13 away matches in all comps this season. That's entertainment. pic.twitter.com/f2aZYWYfrX— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 10, 2016
Tottenham threw on Kane as they sought to get back into the game, and with less than three minutes of normal time remaining, the England international lashed home a penalty to earn a replay after Nathan Dyer was controversially punished for a handball.
For Swansea, it seemed set to be a routine victory at Oxford, as they made their early control count thanks to a wonderful goal from winger Jefferson Montero.
He ran onto a neat flick from Marvin Emnes and with just the goalkeeper to beat, finished with an audacious backheel beyond the Oxford stopper. As we can see here, courtesy of Squawka Football, it was a goal that had been a long time coming for the Ecuador international:
Jefferson Montero scores his first competitive goal for Swansea since May 2015 (2-0 win vs. Stoke). pic.twitter.com/6f5d4eJcsQ— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 10, 2016
Despite that setback, the League Two side continued to probe at their illustrious opponents, and after some chances to equalise, they made it 1-1 just before half-time. Kyle Bartley made a rash challenge on Oxford’s Alex MacDonald in the area, and Liam Sercombe was on hand to hammer the penalty down the middle.
Buoyed by that equaliser, Oxford came out for the second half emboldened, and within four minutes of the restart, the fourth-tier side were in front.
Kemar Roofe was the man who made the prospect of an upset look increasingly like a reality, with a fine curling finish into the corner after some neat footwork. The goal drove the Kassam Stadium faithful wild, but remarkably, there was even more to come from their team.
As Swansea sought to grab an equaliser by piling men forward for a corner, Oxford were able to break with incision. Chris Maguire found a surging Roofe with a pinpoint through ball, and he squeezed his finish beyond the Swansea stopper to give his side an incredible 3-1 lead.
As OptaJoe noted, the midfielder is in excellent form at the moment:
3 - Kemar Roofe has scored three goals in his last two games for Oxford United. Fire.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 10, 2016
The Premier League side were stunned, but given the gulf in quality and superior fitness, they were always going to come on strong late in the game. After settling down, they began to find a groove again, and Bafetimbi Gomis narrowed the deficit after 66 minutes with a classy side-foot strike from the edge of the area.
It was a goal that set up a frantic final few minutes, but Oxford were able to stave off some late pressure and spark jubilant scenes among their fans.
Despite a strong showing from Scunthorpe, Chelsea enjoyed a fairly straightforward victory to ensure their progression to the fourth round.
Diego Costa turned home Branislav Ivanovic's cross to give the Blues an early lead, while Cesc Fabregas and Pedro also forced strong saves from Luke Daniels.
The Iron created chances of their own as Luke Williams came close and Kevin van Veen's penalty claims were dismissed by referee Craig Pawson, before Ruben Loftus-Cheek sealed the win as he converted Cesar Azpilicueta's impressive ball, per BT Sport:
Sports lawyer and writer Jake Cohen praised manager Guus Hiddink's incredible record at Stamford Bridge, while the Mirror's John Cross wryly noted the second goal could prompt the Blues to focus more on their academy products:
Chelsea is now unbeaten in 25 of 26 games under Guus Hiddink (over two spells, W18 D7). Bringing respectability back to "interim" label.— Jake Cohen (@JakeFCohen) January 10, 2016
Roman Abramovich smiling broadly, clapping enthusiastically, that goal has saved Chelsea's academy system.— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) January 10, 2016
Carlisle and Yeovil will need a replay after they reached a stalemate, but if it's anything like their game on Sunday it will be an entertaining affair.
Danny Grainger opened the scoring for Carlisle in the first half with a lovely free-kick. Yeovil equalised after 71 minutes through a Francois Zoko header, but the Glovers were behind again five minutes later, after Mark Ellis headed home.
Not to be denied, Yeovil forced a replay in the 90th minute of the game when Shaun Jeffers fired home a low strike from the edge of the area.
Shrewsbury's win over Cardiff was something of a smash and grab, with Sky Sports noting the Bluebirds had far more in the way of possession and efforts on goal.
Despite frequent spells of pressure from the home side it was the visitors who took the lead shortly after the hour mark through Andy Mangan's header. BBC Sport's Dafydd Pritchard sought to provide context to the Shrews' achievement:
Worth remembering this is a Shrewsbury team 20th in League One, and they lost 7-1 to Chesterfield last weekend.— Dafydd Pritchard (@DafPritchard) January 10, 2016
Cardiff continued to push forward in search of an equaliser but were left vulnerable to Shrewsbury's counter-attack and the visitors not only held out for a win but could have scored in injury time as Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro had an effort saved while Ian Black struck the post.