FA Cup: Millwall beat Premier League champions Leicester City to reach quarters
Millwall beat Premier League champions Leicester City to reach quarters
Millwall defender Shaun Cummings (right) celebrates with teammates after scoring the only goal of the FA Cup match vs Leicester City in London on Saturday. Pic/AFP
London: Ten-man Millwall booked their place in the sixth round of the Emirates FA Cup after Shaun Cummings' last-minute strike condemned Leicester to another miserable defeat.
The League One side had to play the majority of the second half without Jake Cooper after he was sent off in the 51st minute for a second bookable offence. But the deficit only inspired Millwall to a famous victory with Cummings finding the net in the 90th minute to heap more pressure on Claudio Ranieri and his beleaguered team.
Leicester coach Ranieri wears a dejected look after the match. Pic/AFP
Ranieri's changes don't help
With more than one eye on their Champions League trip first-leg clash at Sevilla next week and their Premier League encounter against Liverpool a week on Monday, Ranieri made 10 changes to his side which lost at Swansea.
Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez were relegated to the bench while Demarai Gray was the only survivor from the 2-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium – a result which leaves Leicester hovering dangerously above the relegation zone.
Millwall's English-born Jamaican defender Shaun Cummings (2nd R) celebrates with teammates. Pic/PTI
Millwall, sixth in League One, may have sensed an opportunity to shock the Premier League champions, but it was Leicester — despite the changes to personnel — who enjoyed the better start.
And it was Gray who provided the first real opportunity of the match. Bartosz Kapustka floated the ball into his path, and the youngster cut back in on his right foot only for his curled effort to fall wide of Jordan Archer's post.
Man City frustrated
Championship Huddersfield frustrated Manchester City to take their FA Cup fifth-round tie to a replay with a goalless draw. The Yorkshire side had a first-half strike disallowed for offside and City's Claudio Bravo was the busier of the two goalkeepers as David Wagner's men produced a spirited display. But City were not overly troubled and given the addition to their fixture lists, both managers might have been left rueing making 15 changes between them.
That may be especially so for Pep Guardiola and City, who might also have to alter plans for a warm-weather training camp in Abu Dhabi after Tuesday's Champions League clash against Monaco.