Saturday, 16 February 2013

FA Cup 5th Round LIVE Coverage:

Hello and welcome to my latest blog installment, where I have LIVE Coverage of 2 FA Cup 5th Round Matches today involving EPL teams, with Arsenal vs Blackburn and the evening kick-off between underdogs Oldham Athletic and Everton. 


Arsenal 0 Blackburn 0:

31 minutes played at The Emirates Stadium, in The Gunners' last match before their crunch Champions League first-leg encounter with German giants Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. 

Manager Arsene Wenger needs to be careful his team selection, as he has a BIG match-up during midweek.... and he has rested a lot of first-team players including Wilshere, Walcott, Podolski and Cazorla. 

Team Line-ups:

Arsenal vs Blackburn Rovers:

Arsenal: Szczesny, Coquelin, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Monreal, Diaby, Rosicky, Arteta, Gervinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud.
Subs: Mannone, Sagna, Podolski, Wilshere, Walcott, Ramsey, Cazorla.

Blackburn: Kean, Dann, Orr, Grant Hanley, Martin Olsson, Pedersen, Williamson, Lowe, Markus Olsson, Kazim-Richards, Rhodes.
Subs: Usai, Givet, Nunes, Nuno Gomes, Rekik, Goodwillie, Bentley.  

45: The fourth official has signalled for just the 1 minute of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the first half of action at The Emirates Stadium.

45+1: Arsenal and Spain midfielder Mikel Arteta has a free-kick in a dangerous position from 25 yards out. He steps up to take it, hits a powerful drive towards goal..... SAVED by Kean! 

45+1: The referee has blown his whistle to end the first half at The Emirates. 
Arsenal are in control, dominating the play and possession but  do not have a goal to show for it as of yet...  

16:02: The teams are out for the start of the second half... here we go.. 

45: Arsenal kick-off now.

47: The hosts passing the ball around well, with Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Rosicky's through ball was cleared away for an Arsenal corner. 

50: End-to-end action now, with Blackburn going on the counter attack, before some defensive work from captain Thomas Vermaelen ensures the deadlock is not broken... yet. 

53: Arsenal passing the ball around the pitch, with some patient build-up play. Need to test the Blackburn goalkeeper Kean though if they are to progress through to the Last 8.. 


Arsenal 0 Blackburn Rovers 1 - FT

Midfielder Colin Kazim Richards scored the only goal of the game in the 72nd minute with a rebounded shot to secure Championship side Blackburn's progress into the Last 8 of the FA Cup.  

Arsene Wenger made a TRIPLE substitution soon after his side conceded, with Wilshere, Cazorla and Walcott all coming on as a last resort for the hosts. 
However, they were unsuccessful in making an impact on the game, and The Gunners crashed out in the Last 16.

Colin Kazim Richards slots home the rebound after Olsson's shot was parried by Szczesny. 
Shock: Colin Kazim Richards wheels away to celebrate his goal at The Emirates.