Crawley Town vs Leeds United, FA Cup third round

Tanya Simon
January 11, 2021

While Marine's romantic adventure was cut short by Carlos Vinicius's hat-trick and Chelsea and Manchester City progressed to the fourth round easily, Crawley's unexpected success encapsulated the FA Cup's unique charm at a time when football is badly in need of some positive news.

While conceding goals is nothing new this season for Leeds - only West Bromwich Albion (39) have shipped more than the Whites' 33 in the Premier League - their second-half surrender here will worry Bielsa.

Despite calls for the English season to be halted, the FA Cup goes on for now and Crawley relished their chance to steal the spotlight.

Crawley now await their fourth-round draw, after Ashley Nadesan and Jordan Tunnicliffe added goals to leave Bielsa scratching his head after a 3-0 defeat.

Crawley manager John Yems: "I just hope Leeds donate their money back to us, which would be a very good gesture, so we can start paying for a few things".

How much Bielsa knew about Wright is in doubt, but he insisted he wasn't surprised by Crawley's display.

Later, eighth-tier Marine hosts Premier League giant Tottenham in the biggest mismatch in the history of the cup, with 161 spots separating the teams.

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Marine's squad is comprised of teachers, NHS staff, bin men and factory workers, with their tiny stadium in the Merseyside town of Crosby providing a surreal setting for the visit of Jose Mourinho's stars.

Tottenham's Carlos Vinicius scores passing Marine's goalkeeper Bayleigh Passant.

Alfie Devine, who became Spurs' youngest player at 16 years and 163 days old, came on as a substitute at the break and scored on the hour with a well-taken strike that zipped in the near post.

Among the players featuring for Crawley, which is in sixth place in League Two, was British reality TV star Mark Wright, who has taken part in TV shows The Only Way Is Essex, I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! and Strictly Come Dancing.

Mason Mount marked his 22nd birthday in memorable fashion as the midfielder fired in from 25 yards in the 18th minute.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz also got their names on the scoresheet as Chelsea secured their first win in four games in all competitions.

Bernardo Silva scored two goals and Phil Foden another as Manchester City strolled to a 3-0 win over Championship (second-tier) Birmingham City.

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