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Swansea Knock Manchester United Out Of FA Cup 2-1

posted 5 Jan 2014, 12:33 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 5 Jan 2014, 12:34 ]

Swansea City beat Manchester United for the first time ever and in doing so knock them out of the FA Cup.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 5, 2104) (PITCH) -  Manchester United suffered a stinging 2-1 home defeat by Swansea City in the FA Cup third round on Sunday (January 5) as their former fortress of Old Trafford was ransacked for the fifth time this season.

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Before the match players and spectators, including England's 1966 world cup-winning striker Sir Bobby Charlton, applauded the late Portuguese star Eusebio, who died on Sunday aged 71.

The first goal came in the 12th minute when a deflected pass down the middle from Swansea's Spanish midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo was chased by midfielder Wayne Routledge and he lobbed the ball over United's 1.93m (6'4") tall Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard.

United equalised four minutes later when Dutch defender Alexander Buttner crossed perfectly from the left for Mexican forward Javier Hernandez to volley into the net.

The game settled down a little after that until the 80th minute, when United's Brazilian substitute defender Fabio lunged into a tackle on Swansea's Canas with studs up, bringing the Spanish subsitute midfielder down and getting a red card from referee Mike Dean.

Swansea's winner came in the last minute of normal time, when Routledge ran past a defender on the left and crossed for Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony to leap and head powerfully into the net.