Birmingham Ousts Wolves, Brighton Wins F.A. Cup Soccer Penalty Shootout

Birmingham won 1-0 at Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton beat Wrexham 5-4 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw to complete the fourth-round lineup in English soccer’s F.A. Cup.

Birmingham will visit Sheffield United for a place in the last 16, while Brighton will host Newcastle. Fixtures will be played Jan. 27-29.

Wolves, who are 16th in the 20-team Premier League, have now failed to win in nine games. Birmingham, which is seventh in the second-tier Championship, hasn’t lost in seven starts.

Last night’s game, watched by 10,153 people at Wolves’ 29,000 capacity Molineux stadium, remained scoreless until a 74th-minute corner. Wade Elliott turned a downward header by David Murphy onto a post as he lay on the turf about two yards (1.8 meters) from the goal. Elliott then put the ball into the net, still from a sitting position, after a melee following the rebound.

Wolves’ best chance to draw level came two minutes from the end. Birmingham goalkeeper Colin Doyle dived to save at the feet of Steven Fletcher and then made a follow-up save to tip Stephen Hunt’s shot from the rebound over the crossbar.

Wrexham’s Andy Morrell opened the scoring for the home team at the Racecourse Ground in the 23rd minute. Wrexham, which plays in the minor leagues, held the lead until the 77th minute, when Ashley Barnes tied it for Championship club Brighton 11 minutes after coming onto the field as a substitute.

With no further goals in regulation play or 30 minutes of extra time, the game went to a shootout. Wrexham’s Dean Keates missed with the first penalty kick and Brighton scored all five of its spot kicks to seal the win.

The replays followed a goalless draw between Wolves and Birmingham on Jan. 7 and a 1-1 tie between Brighton and Wolves the same day.

F.A. Cup Fourth-Round Draw
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Brighton                 vs   Newcastle
Sunderland               vs   Middlesbrough
Millwall                 vs   Southampton
Hull City                vs   Crawley Town
QPR                      vs   Chelsea
West Brom                vs   Norwich City
Blackpool                vs   Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal                  vs   Aston Villa
Stevenage                vs   Notts County
Watford                  vs   Tottenham
Liverpool                vs   Manchester United
Derby                    vs   Stoke City
Everton                  vs   Fulham
Bolton                   vs   Swansea City
Sheffield United         vs   Birmingham
Leicester                vs   Swindon Town

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