Lin­coln is first non­league team in FA Cup quar­ter­fi­nals since 1914



On a dra­matic Satur­day of late goals and up­sets in the FA Cup, Lin­coln be­came the first non­league team to reach the quar­ter­fi­nals in more than a cen­tury and be­lea­guered English cham­pion Le­ices­ter was elim­i­nated by third-tier op­po­si­tion.

Lin­coln, which plays in the fifth tier of English soccer, beat Premier League team Burn­ley, 1-0, on the road thanks to an 89th-minute goal from Sean Raggett. Goal-line technology was needed to con­firm Raggett’s close-range header at the far post crossed the line.

The most re­cent non­league team to reach the last eight of the FA Cup pre­vi­ously had been Queens Park Rangers in 1914.

Lin­coln was play­ing in the round of 16 for the first time in 130 years, with 81 places sep­a­rat­ing them and Burn­ley in English soccer’s pyra­mid.

“It’s un­heard of in modern-day foot­ball,” Raggett said. “It shows just what an achieve­ment this is.”

Hours later, Mill­wall pro­vided the sec­ond shock of the day. It de­feated vis­it­ing Le­ices­ter, 1-0, thanks to an­other very late goal. Shaun Cum­mings, a de­fender like Raggett, struck in the 90th minute on an­other day to for­get for Le­ices­ter, which is fight­ing a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle in the Premier League the sea­son af­ter win­ning the league ti­tle at odds of 5,000 to 1.

Mill­wall’s win was even more stun­ning con­sid­er­ing it was re­duced to 10 men in the 52nd minute on Jake Cooper’s red card.

Mill­wall also has beaten Bournemouth and Wat­ford on its run to the quar­ter­fi­nals.

Lin­coln pre­vi­ously elim­i­nated sec­ond-tier League Championship teams Ip­swich and Brighton.

“This sums up the FA Cup as a whole,” Mill­wall Man­ager Neil Har­ris said.

SPAIN: With three goals in six min­utes, Kevin Gameiro made a strong case to be Atletico Madrid’s first-choice striker in a 4-1 win at Sport­ing Gi­jon.

The Spanish league said only Be­beto in the 1995-96 sea­son and David Villa in 2005-06 have scored faster hat tricks.

Mean­while, Gareth Bale made a scor­ing re­turn for Real Madrid af­ter nearly three months re­cov­er­ing from an­kle surgery. His goal helped Real Madrid de­feat vis­it­ing Es­panyol, 2-0.

ITALY: Ata­lanta main­tained its push for a Euro­pean spot by de­feat­ing rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Cro­tone, 1-0, at home.

It was more dif­fi­cult than Ata­lanta per­haps ex­pected, but An­drea Conti scored to pro­pel Ata­lanta into the fourth spot, one point above Lazio and three above In­ter Mi­lan, which vis­its Bologna on Sun­day.

FRANCE: Away from home, Nice striker Mario Balotelli has more red cards than goals.

The Italian has scored nine in the French league so far, but all have been at home. On Satur­day he was sent off for the sec­ond time in an away match and the third time over­all dur­ing his first cam­paign in France. How­ever, de­spite his red card, Nice won at Lori­ent, 1-0, to move up to sec­ond place be­hind Monaco.

Balotelli re­turned af­ter missing last week­end’s ac­tion with a fever but was shown a straight red fol­low­ing an al­ter­ca­tion with Lori­ent de­fender Zargo Toure. From ini­tial video re­plays, it seemed dif­fi­cult to as­cer­tain what Balotelli did wrong other than back­ing into Toure with his arms up as they chal­lenged for a ball.


In its first FA Cup fifth-round game in 130 years, Lin­coln de­feated Burn­ley of the Premier League.

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