FA Cup returned for its 142nd edition, with teams from across the English football pyramid competing for victory in the 2022-23 campaign.
The possibility of “giant slaughter” adds to the appeal of the oldest cup competition in football.
Any side can defeat any team, which is what gives the cup its “magic,” and with some of the top players in the world competing, there is much to look forward to.
There have been a few surprises as well as the safe passage of some of the big boys!
This is how the games on Saturday went down:
Manchester United 3-1 Everton
On Friday night, Erik ten Hag enjoyed his first FA Cup match as his team defeated Frank Lampard’s Everton 3-1. Conor Coady scored at both ends for the visitors, while Marcus Rashford converted a penalty late in the game.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Portsmouth
Spurs defeated League One Portsmouth 1-0 to maintain their chances of winning the FA Cup and ending their 15-year trophy drought. With the game’s lone goal, Harry Kane drew closer on Jimmy Greaves’ record of 266 goals for Tottenham Hotspur.
Forest Green Rovers v Birmingham City (Postponed)
Because of a wet pitch, Forest Green Rovers, one of the featured Road to Wembley teams, will have to wait to see if they can shock Birmingham in the FA Cup.
Gillingham 0-1 Leicester City
Despite recent FA Cup upsets at Millwall and Newport County for Leicester, things went smoothly at Priestfield. Kelechi Iheanacho’s second-half goal helped them defeat the Football League’s bottom-place team.
Preston North End 3-1 Huddersfield Town
After a barrage of goals in the second half, PNE defeated Championship strugglers Huddersfield to go to the FA Cup Third Round for the first time in five seasons.
The visitors had taken the lead through Florian Kamberi, but goals from Bambo Diaby and Alan Browne canceled an own goal by Tom Lees.
Crystal Palace 1-2 Southampton
James Ward-Prowse and Adam Armstrong score goals to give Nathan Jones a much needed victory.
After Odsonne Edouard had put Palace ahead in the first half, the away supporters were yelling loudly against their manager, but the Saints have advanced to the Fourth Round.
Reading 2-0 Watford
Given their present injury situation, Watford could have done without this game, and it was evident on the field as Paul Ince’s Reading defeated them 2-0 on the strength of goals from Kelvin Abrefa and Shane Long.
Blackpool 4-1 Nottingham Forest
Marvin Ekpiteta gave the Tangerines the lead after Steve Cooper made 11 adjustments for this match.
After the victory, Blackpool was already well on their way to the Fourth Round.
Boreham Wood 1-1 Accrington Stanley
The League One team took the lead against the National League team thanks to Everton loanee Ryan Astley, but Lee Ndlovu equalized with 12 minutes remaining to force a replay.
Bournemouth 2-4 Burnley
At the Vitality, it was a thriller. Come May, these two teams may switch divisions, but the visitors deserved to win.
Chesterfield 3-3 West Bromwich Albion
Prior to the National League team tying the score thanks to Tyrone Williams, Brandon Thomas-Asante handed the visitors an early lead.
Before the underdogs stormed back, WBA forward Karlan Grant gave the Championship team the lead once more.
Middlesbrough 1-5 Brighton
The Premier League team’s Pascal Gross got things started, but Michael Carrick’s Boro team drew even thanks to an own goal from goalkeeper Jason Steele. When Roberto De Zerbi took over as referee for his first FA Cup match, Adam Lallana gave the Seagulls the advantage once more.
Millwall 0-2 Sheffield United
In this Championship match, Jayden Bogle doubled the advantage for the visitors after Daniel Jebbison gave the Blades the early advantage.
Hull City 0-2 Fulham
Matt Ingram’s poor goalkeeping allowed Layvin Kurzawa, a PSG loanee, to take full advantage and give Fulham the lead. In extra time, Dan James scored twice to help the Premier League team advance quite easily.
Fleetwood Town 2-1 Queens Park Rangers
At Highbury, Sam Field gave QPR the lead before Aristote Nsiala pulled the Cod Army even. Later, in the second half, Promise Omochere completed the League One’s comeback, and Scott Brown’s team held on to earn a significant victory.
Ipswich Town 4-1 Rotherham United
Just before halftime, League One heavyweights at Portman Road were in ahead thanks to midfielder Cameron Humphreys.
Matt Taylor’s team’s Conor Washington scored a penalty to tie the score, but Conor Chaplin converted the ensuing penalty for the home team to make it 2-1.
They were then guaranteed a position in the following round, with Wes Burns adding the extras.
Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Sunderland
Shrewsbury took the lead against Sunderland, which was looking to advance in the Championship, with a late goal from Matthew Pennington. Luke O’Nien scored in the 94th minute to shatter the hearts of Salop, but Ross Stewart equalized in the 92nd minute to complete a stunning comeback.
Coventry City 3-4 Wrexham
The round’s tie was against 10-man Coventry, National League Wrexham achieved a significant victory.
Brentford 0-1 West Ham United
The game’s lone goal, scored by Said Benrahma, gave David Moyes’ team the victory.
Grimsby Town 1-0 Burton Albion
Grimsby qualified for round four by defeating struggling Burton Albion.
Luton Town 1-1 Wigan Athletic
Harry Cornick scored his first goal of the season for Luton, thus there will need to be a repeat between these two.
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Newcastle United
Josh Windass scored twice for the League One team as Wednesday defeated Premier League side Newcastle.
Liverpool 2-2 Wolves
Wolverhampton Wanderers left Anfield furious and perplexed after a contentious VAR decision cost them the game seven minutes from the end.
In the absence of strong play, Jurgen Klopp can at least claim that his luck hasn’t completely forsaken him.