The third round of the 2016/2017 FA Cup were back, involving the English Premier League clubs. This round produced some stunning and surprising results – the twelve time champions Manchester United and Arsenal advanced into the next stage of the competition.
WEST HAM UNITED 0, MANCHESTER CITY 5
Pep Guardiola’s star-packed Manchester City ran riot at the London Stadium, crushing and eliminating West Ham United in the third round.
MANCHESTER UNITED 4, READING 0
Proud and historic day for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney who matched Sir Bobby Charlton’s club goal record of 249 by scoring the opening goal – Marcus Rashford also scored twice.
EVERTON 1, LEICESTER CITY 2
Last year’s finalists Everton were eliminated by the English champions Leicester City with a narrow two-one scoreline at Goodison Park.
BOLTON WANDERERS 0, CRYSTAL PALACE 0
The Championship-side Bolton Wanderers managed to hold their former club manager Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace in a goalless draw at home.
HULL CITY 2, SWANSEA CITY 0
Two troubled teams in the English Premier League faced each other in the third round of the FA Cup – Hull City managed convincingly to eliminate Swansea City at the Hull City Stadium.
MILLWALL 3, AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0
Eddie Howe made perhaps too many changes to his starting eleven ahead of this match, resulting into a very stunning victorh for Millwall.
NORWICH CITY 2, SOUTHAMPTON 2
Last minute goal by Steven Naismith against Southampton saved Norwich City a rematch in the third round after a four-goal draw.
STOKE CITY 0, WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 2
Mark Hughes’ Stoke City surprisingly eliminated by the underdogs Wolverhampton Wanderers, who reached the fourth round.
SUNDERLAND 0, BURNLEY 0
This match between Sunderland and Burnley at the Stadium of Light ended in a goalless draw – rematch will be played.
WATFORD 2, BURTON ALBION 0
A crucial and confidence boosting victory for the English Premier League side Watford, reaching the fourth round of this season’s FA Cup.
PRESTON NORTH END 1, ARSENAL 2
It was overall a bad performance by Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal, who did not deserve to win this evening, but Olivier Giroud scored an important late goal – Arsenal advanced into the fourth round.
LIVERPOOL 0, PLYMOUTH 0
Jürgen Klopp’s men surprisingly held by the underdogs Plymouth in their own backyard.
MIDDLESBROUGH 3, SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0
Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough crushed Sheffield Wednesday at home in order to reach the fourth round.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2, ASTON VILLA 0
Ben Davies and Heung-Min Son scored Spurs’ goals as they defeated the Championship side Aston Villa, reaching the next round of this FA Cup.