Newport stun Middlesbrough to set up dream Man City Cup tie

by NDO06 February 2019 Last updated at 13:00 PM

Newport County's Padraig Amond celebrates scoring their second goal - FA Cup Fourth Round Replay - Newport County v Middlesbrough - Rodney Parade, Newport, Britain - February 5, 2019. (Photo: Action Images)
Newport County's Padraig Amond celebrates scoring their second goal - FA Cup Fourth Round Replay - Newport County v Middlesbrough - Rodney Parade, Newport, Britain - February 5, 2019. (Photo: Action Images) - Fourth-tier Newport County pulled off another FA Cup shock by beating Championship side Middlesbrough 2-0 in a fourth-round replay on Tuesday to set up a dream tie with Manchester City.

Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers saw off a determined Shrewsbury Town to win 3-2 at home and will be joined in the fifth round by Queens Park Rangers, who overcame Portsmouth 2-0. QPR will next host fellow London side Watford, while Brentford visit Swansea.

* Olympique de Marseille boosted their hopes of qualifying for European football by beating Girondins Bordeaux 1-0 at home in an empty stadium in Ligue 1 on Tuesday, benefiting from Samuel Kalu being sent off midway through the first half. Teenage defender Boubacar Kamara scored shortly before halftime, taking Marseille up to seventh in the standings on 34 points, leaving Bordeaux in 12th.

* Former England captain Wayne Rooney, who helped revitalise one of Major League Soccer's original superpowers when he joined D.C. United last year, still feels he possesses the quality to compete in the Premier League. The 33-year-old former Manchester United and Everton captain, speaking in an interview with CNN World Sport released on Tuesday, said he was not a fading force and he could still compete against some of the world's best players.

* Global soccer body FIFA says it has set up a joint venture with Qatar to deliver the 2022 World Cup which will be held in the Gulf state. FIFA said in a statement that it would hold 51% of the shares, and the Qatar Local Organising Committee 49%.

* Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari hopes Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is fit to face his side in Wednesday's Copa del Rey semi-final first leg for the good of the game: but he added that the Argentine's presence would not affect his game plan. It is unclear whether Messi, the all-time top scorer in Spanish football as well as in the 'Clasico', will be fit for the game after ending Barca's 2-2 draw with Valencia on Saturday with a knock. His club have not given an injury update on him.

* Former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence for defrauding the Spanish state of €3.3 million (£2.8 million), a Spanish court filing showed on Tuesday, although the Portuguese will not serve any jail time. The filing said the tax ministry and Mourinho's defence team had agreed to exchange the 12-month prison sentence with a daily fine of €250 for 24 months, equivalent to €182,500, as under Spanish law jail terms under two years can be served under probation.

* Former world number six Gael Monfils made a fine start to his Sofia Open title bid by beating Serbia's Viktor Troicki 6-3 6-4 in the first round on the Armeets Arena Centre Court on Tuesday. Next up for Monfils is the winner of the first-round clash between Serbian Laslo Djere and Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin.

* Max Verstappen is the driver five times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel will fear the most this season, his Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said on Tuesday. The 21-year-old Dutchman won two races last year, with a third victory snatched from his grasp after a collision while leading in Brazil, and ended the season fourth overall.

* Mexico and Venezuela will play an international friendly in the United States in June as both teams prepare for continental tournaments, the Mexican Football Federation said on Tuesday. The match will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on June 5 and will form part of double-header of friendlies for Mexico on US soil.

* Florentin Pogba, older brother of France and Manchester United midfielder Paul, has signed for Atlanta United, the reigning Major League Soccer (MLS) champions announced on Tuesday. Defender Pogba, a Guinea international, joins the club from Turkish side Genclerbirligi.

* Borussia Dortmund were knocked out of the German Cup 4-2 on penalties by visitors Werder Bremen in the last 16 on Tuesday after a thrilling 3-3 draw, with the Bundesliga leaders twice throwing away the lead in extra time.



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