KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Brad Guzan was in goal as Middlesbrough booked their place in the quaterfinals of the English FA Cup with a win over Oxford United while Tim Ream and Fulham were bounced out by Tottenham.
Middlesbrough 3-2 Oxford United
A goal from Cristhian Stuani four minutes before time helped Middlesbrough scrap past a plucky Oxford United at the Riverside Stadium.
The host would open the scoring in the 26th minute through Grant Leadbitter as he put away a penalty after Oxford's Chris Maguire brought down Stuart Downing in the area.
Boro double their lead eight minutes later when Rudy Gestede scored with a bicycle kick in the area.
Despite being down two goal, the League One team proved to be tough to keep down and made a valiant comeback to level the score.
Maguire pulled one back for his team in the 64th minute with a slow moving free kick on the edge of the area that Guzan could not get his hand on. Toni Martinez scored Oxford's second immediately after the restart. Poor passing from Boro allowed the visitors to intercept the ball and put bodies forward in the attack. Guzan was able to save the initial shot, but Martinez would be there to tap in the rebound.
Oxford United fans were now dreaming of a shock win over the Premier League team, but Stuani vanquished those thoughts as he would go on to score for Boro in the 86th minute with a tap in at the near post.
Middlesbrough will face either Manchester City or David Wagner's Huddersfield Town after their replay.
Fulham 0-3 Tottenham
Harry Kane ran riot over Fulham to book their place in the quaterfinals of the FA Cup with a comfortable at Craven Cottage.
Tim Ream started in defense for Fulham and played the entire game in the losing effort while Cameron Carter-Vickers watched all the action from the bench for Spurs.
The England forward started his assault on the Fulham goal in the 16th minute as he slid in to covert teammate Christian Eriksen's cross from the right.
Eriksen would once again supply Kane with another after the break as the Danes cross found his teammate in the area.
Fulham tried to get themselves back into the game, but Kane finished the game with his third on the day in the 73rd minute. Dele Alli's through ball found Tottenham's top goal scorer and he cooly put his shot past Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.
The Cottagers will have to wait until next season to go another FA Cup run.