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Stevenage Upsets Newcastle 3-1 in F.A. Cup; Arsenal Ties Leeds

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Stevenage, which plays in the fourth division of English soccer, defeated Premier League club Newcastle 3-1 in the third round of the F.A. Cup.

Stevenage scored three times in the second half to pull off the biggest upset of the day that top-tier team entered the competition.

“It’s fantastic, I think we deserved the result today,” Stevenage midfielder Stacy Long told ESPN. “We played some great football.”

Arsenal avoided an upset as Cesc Fabregas scored with a 90th-minute penalty kick to tie Leeds 1-1. Three other Premier League clubs fell to lower-division foes as Blackpool lost 2-0 at Southampton, Sunderland was beaten 2-1 by Notts County and West Brom was defeated 1-0 at Reading.

Fulham, Birmingham, Blackburn and Everton were among the top-division clubs advancing to the fourth round. Portsmouth, last season’s runner-up to Chelsea, lost 3-1 to Brighton, the leader in third-tier League One.

Stevenage, which is in 15th place in 24-team League Two, went in front in the 50th minute on an own goal from Newcastle’s Mike Williamson. Michael Bostwick then doubled the lead five minutes later with a low-shot off the post.

After Newcastle’s Cheik Tiote received a red card in the 71st minute for a challenge on Jon Ashton, Joey Barton pulled the Magpies within 2-1 in stoppage time. Stevenage’s Peter Winn then scored a minute later to clinch the victory.

“It was a great team performance,” Bostwick, a midfielder, told ESPN. “Tonight was a special performance for everyone.”

Arsenal Saved

Leeds, which is fourth in the second-division Championship, took the lead nine minutes into the second half on Robert Snodgrass’s penalty after Max Gardel was tripped by Denilson.

Fabregas then saved Arsenal with his penalty after Theo Walcott was grabbed by Ben Parker in the area with time winding down. The draw sets up a replay of the match, this time at Leeds’s Elland Road.

“At least we’re still in the Cup and hopefully we can do it at Leeds,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told reporters.

Diomansy Kamara’s hat trick led Fulham past Peterborough 6-2, Birmingham won 4-1 at Millwall, Blackburn topped Championship leader QPR 1-0 and Everton beat Scunthorpe 5-1.

Wigan, West Ham and Aston Villa were other Premier League teams advancing. Wolverhampton tied Doncaster 2-2 and Stoke drew 1-1 with Cardiff to set up replays.

The two non-League clubs in action today both lost as Bolton scored twice late to beat York 2-0 and Huddersfield defeated Dover by the same score.

Watford, Burnley Win

Sheffield Wednesday, Burnley, Burton Albion, Coventry, Leyton Orient, Nottingham Forest, Swansea, Torquay and Watford also won to advance to the fourth round.

Hereford beat Lincoln 4-3 in a second-round replay to set up a third-round meeting with Wycombe Wanderers in three days.

Chelsea opens its title defense against Ipswich, Tottenham hosts Charlton and Manchester City is at Leicester tomorrow. Liverpool also visits Manchester United with Kenny Dalglish as manager after Roy Hodgson left the club today.

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