FA Cup fifth round

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Arsenal beat Middlesbrough 2-0 to reach FA Cup quarter-finals

Two first-half goals by Olivier Giroud were more than enough to see Arsenal beat Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium and progress to the last eight in the FA Cup. Boro never looked like pulling off a shock in north London.

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud opens the scoring. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport


Lineker defends BBC decision not to show Bradford FA Cup tie live on TV

Gary Lineker claims the BBC would have screened Bradford's FA Cup fifth-round clash if their opponents had been known when the TV picks were made, before the fourth-round replays.

The BBC was criticised for overlooking the League One club after their giant-killing of Chelsea. Of the eight fifth-round ties played this weekend, Bradford's was one of three not shown live by either the BBC or BT Sport.

The Bantams made the broadcasters regret their decision by beating Sunderland 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 1976.

Sunderland had needed a replay to get past Fulham in the fourth round and Lineker claimed on Twitter that that was a key factor in the BBC picking Aston Villa's clash with Leicester and Man Utd's trip to Preston on Monday night instead.

Bradford City shock Sunderland to reach FA Cup quarter-finals

After beating Chelsea in the fourth round, Bradford have done it again in the fifth, beating Premier League side Sunderland 2-0 at Valley Parade to progress to the FA Cup last eight. The match was not televised live, to the dismay of many supporters.

New signing Gabriel starts for Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has picked new £11m signing Gabriel Paulista in his starting XI for the FA Cup fifth-round clash with Middlesbrough today.


Giant-killers Bradford take early lead against Sunderland

Bradford are at it again, taking a 1-0 lead over Premier League opponents Sunderland at Valley Parade, with only three minutes on the clock. Billy Clarke appeared to be the scorer, but Black Cats defender John O'Shea might yet be credited with an own goal.

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood sees his new team beat Leicester in FA Cup

Tim Sherwood watched his new Aston Villa side take on Leicester City in the FA Cup fifth round from the stands at Villa Park.

Tim Sherwood (centre) takes his seat before kick-off at Villa Park. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association

Even though he wasn't managing Villa on the day (he did, however, give a half-time team talk), Sherwood will claim a winning start to his tenure in the Midlands, as goals by Leandro Bacuna and Scott Sinclair were enough to earn a 2-1 win over struggling Leicester.

Villa will discover their quarter-final opponents on Monday night.

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