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Published on Jan 28, 2013
 

Liverpool, Spurs humbled in FA Cup, Chelsea escape

 
 

LONDON (AFP) - Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur were both dumped out of the FA Cup by lower-league sides on Sunday, on a day of sensational fourth-round upsets that also saw Chelsea scrape a 2-2 draw at lowly Brentford.

The magnitude of the shocks seemed to increase as the day progressed, with Chelsea's near miss followed by Spurs' 2-1 loss at Championship side Leeds United before Liverpool went down 3-2 at third-tier Oldham Athletic.

Liverpool's loss was the most remarkable, with 56 places in the English league pyramid having separated the sides prior to kick-off at a rain-soaked Boundary Park.

FA Cup semi-finalists in 1994, Oldham made an ideal start when Matt Smith headed them in front in the third minute from Youssouf M'Changama's left-wing cross.