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Arsenal's cup left empty by Fuller

Published: Sunday 24 January 2010, 14.45CET
Ricardo Fuller scored twice as Stoke City FC pulled off the latest shock in the FA Cup, knocking out Arsenal FC courtesy of a 3-1 win in their fourth-round tie, but Manchester City FC did seal progress.
Arsenal's cup left empty by Fuller
Ricardo Fuller celebrates after one of his goals ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 24 January 2010, 14.45CET

Arsenal's cup left empty by Fuller

Ricardo Fuller scored twice as Stoke City FC pulled off the latest shock in the FA Cup, knocking out Arsenal FC courtesy of a 3-1 win in their fourth-round tie, but Manchester City FC did seal progress.

Ricardo Fuller scored twice as Stoke City FC pulled off the latest shock in the FA Cup, knocking out UEFA Champions League contenders Arsenal FC with a 3-1 victory in their fourth-round meeting.

Early strike
Tony Pulis's men belied their mid-table position in the Premier League by striking inside two minutes when Rory Delap's long throw was headed in by Fuller, but the London side drew level just before the break thanks to Denilson's deflected low drive. Both sides pushed for the breakthrough in the second half, with Arsenal introducing Andrei Arshavin, Eduardo and Aaron Ramsey, yet it was the hosts who secured their progress. Mamady Sidibe surged down the right and clipped a pinpoint cross for Fuller to head in on 78 minutes before Dean Whitehead sealed the win by tapping in Matthew Etherington's low centre.

City through
Scunthorpe United FC were hoping to send Manchester City FC the same way as Arsenal, plus third-round casualties Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC, but they suffered an early setback when Martin Petrov rifled in a third-minute opener for Roberto Mancini's charges. Paul Hayes deservedly fired the second-tier strugglers level but City crucially scored again on the stroke of half-time through Nedum Onuoha. Sylvinho and Robinho then added further gloss either side of a Dedryck Boyata own goal to ensure the Premier League side marched on as 4-2 victors.

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