Norwich City will line up in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time in 28 years after they beat Tottenham Hotspur away on penalties to advance past the fifth round. Manchester City’s title defence also endured after they edged Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 thanks to a Sergio Aguero strike.
Jose Mourinho’s side were in control for much of the Canaries’ visit to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where Jan Vertonghen’s 13th-minute headed opener kept the two teams apart for more than an hour.
Michel Vorm allowed Josip Drmic to equalise as Norwich ended the 90 minutes in the ascendancy, though Daniel Farke’s men looked happy to reach spot kicks after managing to stay level after extra time.
Erik Lamela hit the bar from 12 yards, and Tim Krul’s penalty nous came to the fore as he stopped attempts from Troy Parrott and Gedson Fernandes to win the shootout 3-2.
BBC commentator Chris Wise attested to the Dutch goalkeeper’s homework paying off:
Norwich’s reward is a quarter-final fixture opposite either Manchester United or Derby County, who are set to clash at Pride Park on Thursday.
Manchester City and Leicester City each emerged on the better side of 1-0 wins to book their spots in the last eight, knocking out Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham City, respectively.
Aguero benefited from a bundled save attempt at Hillsborough to extend the Citizens’ defence, and they travel to Newcastle United in the next stage.
Leicester will feature in back-to-back FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1969 after Ricardo Pereira netted an 82nd-minute decider against Birmingham. Brendan Rodgers’ men have to beat Chelsea at home if they’re to feature in the semi-finals, however.