By Omolagba Oluwayemi
Carlos Vinicius scored a 13-minute hat-trick as non-league Marine’s historic FA Cup tie against a Tottenham side 160 places above them in the football pyramid ended in defeat, BSNsports com.ng reports.
Vinicius scored his treble in the first half, while an exquisite free-kick by fellow Brazilian Lucas Moura before the break and a first senior goal by 16-year-old substitute Alfie Devine in the second half settled Sunday’s third-round tie at the Marine Travel Arena in Crosby.
Marine, who play in the eighth tier of English football, had given Spurs a scare when Neil Kengni’s 25-yard attempt beat keeper Joe Hart before hitting the bar when the match was goalless.
They held out for 24 minutes before Tottenham, fourth in the Premier League and fresh from reaching the Carabao Cup final, showed their quality in a tie with the biggest gulf at this stage of the famous competition’s history.
Last season’s FA Cup runners-up Chelsea returned to winning ways, comfortably beating League Two Morecambe to reach the fourth round on Sunday.
England midfielder Mason Mount put a strong Blues side ahead on his 22nd birthday from 25 yards.
Germany forward Timo Werner doubled the lead from close range – his first club goal since 7 November – before Callum Hudson-Odoi hit the third.
Kai Havertz headed the fourth after meeting Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross.
Manchester City produced a polished performance to outclass Birmingham and reach the FA Cup fourth round.
The hosts were without striker Sergio Aguero, who was supposed to be making his first start since October, but has to isolate because he came into contact with someone who had Covid-19.
Goals by Bernardo Silva gave them full control and Phil Foden’s strike put the tie beyond doubt before half-time.
Other results from the third round:
Barnsley 2-0 Tranmere Rovers
Bristol City 2-1 Portsmouth
Cheltenham Town 2-1 Mansfield Town
Crawley Town 3-0 Leeds United