FA Cup: Five fourth round ties to look out for this weekend

FA Cup: Five fourth round ties to look out for this weekend
‘This is the best match’ Solskjaer & Emery on FA Cup tie
FA Cup fourth round on the BBC
Date: 25-28 January
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It is FA Cup fourth-round weekend – a competition that started with 736 clubs is down to the final 32.

There are just four more hurdles to clear before the final, but who will make it to Wembley on 18 May?

Will Barnet, the last non-league club standing, make it through to the fifth round?

And who will emerge triumphant in the heavyweight battle between record 13-time winners Arsenal and 12-time champions Manchester United?

BBC Sport takes a look at five of this weekend’s 16 ties.

Arsenal v Manchester United: Who’ll be getting shirty?

Friday, 25 January (19:55 GMT), live on BBC One

The date is 14 April 1999. Manchester United and Arsenal are locked at 1-1 in an FA Cup semi-final replay at Villa Park, Dennis Bergkamp cancelling out David Beckham’s long-range opener.

The tie is deep into extra-time, penalties are looming, and United are down to 10 men after Roy Keane’s red card, when Patrick Vieira gives the ball away to 25-year-old substitute Ryan Giggs inside United’s half.

In what is considered by many to be one of the great FA Cup moments, Giggs embarks on an incredible solo run, going past a number of Arsenal players before lashing past David Seaman from an angle – and promptly whips off his shirt in celebration.

Wonder goal, open goal and Welbeck’s revenge – Big moments from Arsenal v Man Utd

“To score that goal, on that occasion was great for me and great for the team in what was a momentous year,” said Giggs, who played a key part as United went on to secure a Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1999.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, now the caretaker manager at Old Trafford, was part of United’s team at Villa Park. Will we witness another cup epic between Arsenal and United when they meet at Emirates Stadium on Friday?

Since 1999, Arsenal and United have played six times in the FA Cup – including the 2005 final, which United dominated but failed to take their chance and lost 5-4 on penalties.

Did you know? Arsenal have won the FA Cup in the previous three seasons they’ve beaten Manchester United in the competition – 2003, 2005 and 2015.

Doncaster Rovers v Oldham: Who’ll hit the fifth-round jackpot?

Saturday, 26 January (15:00 GMT)

There will be at least one club from below the Championship in Monday’s fifth-round draw, which is live on The One Show on BBC One from 1900 GMT.

That is because Doncaster Rovers, seventh in League One, entertain Oldham Athletic, 12th in League Two.

It is only three months ago that Oldham’s players threatened to go on strike over unpaid wages. Under interim manager Pete Wild, the Latics have pick

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Argentine soccer player among passengers on missing plane – Sportsnet.ca

Argentine soccer player among passengers on missing plane – Sportsnet.ca

PARIS — The search for the missing plane taking Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala to his new team in Wales was called off for the night on Tuesday with authorities not expecting to find any survivors in the English Channel.

Police said floating objects had been seen in the water but they were unable to confirm whether they were from the light aircraft that disappeared from radar Monday night off the coast of Guernsey as it made the journey from Nantes.

The 28-year-old Sala had spent the previous hours saying farewell to teammates at the French city’s soccer team after Cardiff signed him for a club-record fee last week.

“After all this time, the weather’s quite cold, the water is very cold out there … I am not expecting anyone to be alive,” Channel Islands Air Search chief officer John

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Soccer star Ronaldo, facing tax fraud accusations, arrives in Spanish court

MADRID (Reuters) – Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo was fined almost 19 million euros ($21.6 million) for tax fraud on Tuesday but will avoid serving a 23-month prison sentence after agreeing a deal.

Ronaldo, holding hands with his Spanish fiancée Georgina Rodriguez, came out of the court room smiling, pausing to sign autographs before leaving in a black van.

The 33-year-old Juventus forward, who played for Real Madrid from 2009-18, agreed to settle the case by paying an 18.8 million euro fine and accepting a suspended jail sentence.

Under Spanish law, a first offender can serve anything less than a two-year sentence under probation and Ronaldo will not have to go to prison.

His court appearance lasted about 15 minutes as the five-times world footballer of the ye

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Cristiano Ronaldo Misses Penalty But Juventus Ease Past Chievo

Cristiano Ronaldo Misses Penalty But Juventus Ease Past Chievo

But the 33-year-old was off-form in the first league game after a three-week winter break and on the eve of his return to Madrid where he will appear in court for tax fraud charges dating back to his time with Real Madrid.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner missed numerous chances with Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino denying Ronaldo, who has scored 14 times in the league, a first goal from the spot this season.

But Juventus were never worried by Chievo with Douglas Costa and Emre Can scoring in the first half and Daniele Rugani heading in a third six minutes from time.

“I don’t think it’s the first time it has happened in his career,” said coach Massimiliano Allegri of Ronaldo’s miss, “the important thing is that the team won.

“He was looking for a goal, but in the first half he tried too hard, he did better in the second half.

“It was a pleasant game,” continued Allegri. “The team had a good match, another fundamental success in the run-up to the Scudetto.”

Chievo started their season with a 3-

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Gary Lineker criticises Cristiano Ronaldo for posting plane selfie in wake of Emiliano Sala tragedy

Gary Lineker criticises Cristiano Ronaldo for posting plane selfie in wake of Emiliano Sala tragedy

Gary Lineker has criticised Cristiano Ronaldo for posting an ill-timed selfie while on board his private jet on Tuesday evening.

The Match of the Day presenter flagged the Juventus star’s tweet before saying: ‘Not the day for this tweet. It really isn’t.’

The Portuguese striker’s picture comes in the wake of Emiliano Sala’s disappearance as he flew from Nantes to Cardiff on Monday night to complete his move to the Premier League side.

Gary Lineker has hit out at Cristiano Ronaldo for an ill-timed tweet on Tuesday afternoon

Gary Lineker has hit out at Cristiano Ronaldo for an ill-timed tweet on Tuesday afternoon

Gary Lineker has hit out at Cristiano Ronaldo for an ill-timed tweet on Tuesday afternoon

The smiling Juventus striker posted a selfie while on board his private plane

The smiling Juventus striker posted a selfie while on board his private plane

The smiling Juventus striker posted a selfie while on board his private plane



Sala was on board a small Piper Malibu plane that went missing over the English Channel and the striker is now missing presumed dead.

The Argentine star, who cost Cardiff £15million, was one of two people boarding the flight back to Wales from Nantes – where he had gone to say goodbye to his former Ligue 1 team-mates.

Guernsey Police announced on Tuesday afternoon that the search for the aircraft had been called off for the day at 5pm, but it has now resumed on Wednesday morning.

In an update released at 7.30am, police confirmed that two planes were back in the air looking for debris.

Cardiff City have signed striker Emiliano Sala from Nantes for a £15 million club record fee 

Cardiff City have signed striker Emiliano Sala from Nantes for a £15 million club record fee 

Cardiff announced the signing of the striker from Nantes in a club record fee of £15million

Cardiff chief executive Choo, pictured with Sala, said the club were 'praying for positive news'

Cardiff chief executive Choo, pictured with Sala, said the club were 'praying for positive news'

Cardiff chief executive Choo, pictured with Sala, said the club were ‘praying for positive news’

‘We have resumed searching. Two planes are taking off and will search a targeted area we believe has the highest likelihood of finding anything, based on review of the tides and weather since it went missing,’ the update read.

‘Coastal areas around Alderney and off-lying rocks and islands will also be searched from the air. Updates will be provided once information is available.’

In a final WhatsApp audio message sent to his friends, where the sound of the plane’s engine is heard in the background, Sala said: ‘I was over in Nantes sorting things out.

‘I am now aboard a plan that seems like it is falling to pieces. I’m going to Cardiff now, crazy, and tomorrow we get going. I will train with my new team’.

He added: ‘If you do not have any more news from in an hour and a half, I don’t know if they need to send someone to find me. I am getting scared!’

Ronaldo’s ill-timed selfie emerged just hours after he attended a court hearing in Madrid, where he avoided jail but will be forced to pay a huge £16.9million fine.

The Juventus forward was flying back to Turin, where he is now based, when he uploaded the photo to social media. 

Ronaldo attended a court hearing in Madrid with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez on Tuesday

Ronaldo attended a court hearing in Madrid with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez on Tuesday

Ronaldo attended a court hearing in Madrid with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez on Tuesday

Ronaldo appeared nonplussed at the news that he will have to pay a huge £16.9million

Ronaldo appeared nonplussed at the news that he will have to pay a huge £16.9million

Ronaldo appeared nonplussed at the news that he will have to pay a huge £16.9million

Ronaldo and his girlfriend leave the court after the short hearing on Tuesday morning

Ronaldo and his girlfriend leave the court after the short hearing on Tuesday morning

Ronaldo and his girlfriend leave the court after the short hearing on Tuesday morning

Ronaldo pleaded guilty at Tuesday’s hearing in the Spanish capital, before telling the crowds outside the court that ‘everything’s perfect!’   

The 33-year-old, who went to court with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, also received a 23-month prison sentence which was immediately reduced to a further fine, and he will not spend a day in jail. 

His former Real Madrid team-mate Xabi Alonso is also in court on a separate tax evasion charge, which could lead to a five-year sentence that – unlike Ronaldo – may see him behind bars if he is found guilty. 

Ronaldo, who left Madrid last summer to join Juventus, wore a black jacket with buttons, white trainers and dark sunglasses as he arrived at court with his girlfriend. 

Ronaldo holds hands with his girlfriend as they leave the Madrid court on Tuesday morning

Ronaldo holds hands with his girlfriend as they leave the Madrid court on Tuesday morning

Ronaldo holds hands with his girlfriend as they leave the Madrid court on Tuesday morning

A smiling Ronaldo accepted a fine and suspended jail sentence at the tax evasion hearing

A smiling Ronaldo accepted a fine and suspended jail sentence at the tax evasion hearing

A smiling Ronaldo accepted a fine and suspended jail sentence at the tax evasion hearing

The ex-Real Madrid and United man will not spend any time behind bars for tax fraud

The ex-Real Madrid and United man will not spend any time behind bars for tax fraud

The ex-Real Madrid and United man will not spend any time behind bars for tax fraud

Ronaldo’s lawyers had asked that he be allowed to enter the building by car to avoid the media spotlight.

But the court president refused the request, saying that despite his ‘great fame’, he would not ‘compromise security’ at the building.

The former Manchester United forward’s request to appear via video conference was also denied, so he walked up the court steps today and even signed autographs. 

The court appearance lasted around 40 minutes as the deal was officially presented to the judge, who confirmed the final sentence later on Tuesday. 

Cardiff supporters started to leave tributes outside the stadium on Tuesday afternoon

Cardiff supporters started to leave tributes outside the stadium on Tuesday afternoon

Cardiff supporters started to leave tributes outside the stadium on Tuesday afternoon

Police said in a statement that the aircraft left Nantes at 1915 for Cardiff and was flying at 5,000 feet. Police on Guernsey said the search for the plane resumed  on Tuesday morning

Police said in a statement that the aircraft left Nantes at 1915 for Cardiff and was flying at 5,000 feet. Police on Guernsey said the search for the plane resumed  on Tuesday morning

Police said in a statement that the aircraft left Nantes at 1915 for Cardiff and was flying at 5,000 feet. Police on Guernsey said the search for the plane resumed on Tuesday morning

Meanwhile, back in Cardiff, flowers and messages were being laid in tribute to Sala, as fans mourned their missing player.

Despite having never played for the team, Cardiff fans shed tears for the Argentine, while his former club Nantes held a vigil in the town square. 

Supporters of the French