Chelsea routed Southampton 5-1 to open the defense of its F.A. Cup title, as Manchester United rallied to tie West Ham and Brighton upset Newcastle.
Demba Ba scored twice in his debut for Chelsea, which is seeking to win English soccer’s top club competition for the fifth time in seven years. Robin van Persie’s goal in injury time gave Premier League leader United the draw to force a replay of the match.
“They’re a quality side and they’ve done that countless times,” West Ham’s Joe Cole said in an interview with ITV. “I thought we defended really well. Good concentration, good heart and good discipline. We were unlucky not to win.”
Newcastle was the only Premier League team to lose to a lower-level team after its 2-0 defeat at Brighton of the second- tier Championship. Manchester City, Aston Villa, Reading, Norwich and Tottenham all won as top-flight clubs entered the F.A. Cup’s third round.
Luton and Macclesfield, which play in the fifth tier of English soccer, upset Championship teams to move into the fourth round. Luton defeated Wolverhampton 1-0 and Macclesfield beat first-place Cardiff 2-1.
Hastings United, which plays in England’s seventh level and was the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, was routed 4-1 by Middlesbrough.
Southampton took the lead in the 22nd minute as Jay Rodriguez got past defender Gary Cahill and chipped the ball over goalkeeper Ross Turnbull.
Ba, who completed his transfer from Newcastle yesterday, tied the score in the 35th minute and Victor Moses put the Blues in front in first-half injury time. Branislav Ivanovic and Ba scored in the second half before Frank Lampard rounded out the scoring with a penalty kick.
Tom Cleverley gave Manchester United, which has a record 11 F.A. Cup titles, the lead in the 23rd minute and James Collins drew West Ham even with a header four minutes later.
Collins scored with another header in the 59th minute to give the Hammers the lead. Facing its second third-round upset loss in four seasons, United tied the score in the first of four added minutes.
Ryan Giggs sent a long cross-field pass toward van Persie, who replaced Javier Hernandez midway through the second half. The Dutchman controlled the ball on the right side of the penalty area and sent a shot into the bottom left corner of the net.
“When you’re 2-1 down with a couple of minutes left you just hope you get a break,” United manager Alex Ferguson told ITV. “But the manner of goal -- the pass from Ryan Giggs and first touch from Robin van Persie and his finish -- is absolutely world class, absolutely fantastic.”
Andrea Orlandi and Will Hoskins scored as Brighton knocked out Newcastle for the second straight year. Newcastle’s Shola Ameobi was sent off in the 63rd minute after picking up his second yellow card.
Manchester City beat Watford 3-0, Aston Villa defeated Ipswich 2-1, Reading won 3-1 at Crawley Town, Norwich beat Peterborough 3-0, and Tottenham defeated Coventry 3-0.
Premier League rivals Queens Park Rangers and West Brom drew 1-1 to force a replay. Sunderland tied 2-2 at Bolton, Stoke finished goalless at Crystal Palace, Fulham rallied for a 1-1 home draw with Blackpool and Wigan drew 1-1 at home with Bournemouth.
Championship clubs Barnsley, Blackburn, Huddersfield, Derby, Leicester and Millwall all advanced to the fourth round, along with Oldham and Sheffield United from third-tier League One and League Two’s Aldershot.
Southend drew 2-2 with Brentford, Leeds and Birmingham tied 1-1, as did Hull and Leyton Orient, and Sheffield Wednesday and Milton Keynes Dons finished goalless to set up replays.
Swansea hosts Arsenal and Liverpool visits Mansfield Town in tomorrow’s games, while Everton is at Cheltenham in two days.
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