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FA Cup: 2012/13 biggest upsets

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Arsenal were knocked out by Championship side Blackburn Rovers (©GettyImages)
Arsenal were knocked out by Championship side Blackburn Rovers (©GettyImages).

As they say, never fails to surprise and astound football fans across England. 'The magic of the cup.' 

Year in and year out this competition always throws up an upset for us to quince at or saviour. Here are the biggest upsets this season's FA Cup had to offer.

Arsenal 0-1 Blackburn Rovers

Arsenal bowed out to Championship side Blackburn in week nine of the competition, after a 72nd minute goal from Kazim Richards.

This dismal home performance didn't help quite the cries for Arsene Wenger's resignation. However, with the Gunners now marching towards Champions League qualification for the 16th successive year, Wenger may have been saved from the embarrassment of this cup upset.

Leeds 2-1 Tottenham

Tottenham are a club dressed in FA Cup history from past years. However, this didn't stop Leeds taking the initiative in week seven. Goals from Varney in the 15th minute and McCormack in the 50th minute secured their shock win, with a 58th minute goal from Dempsey for Spurs failing to inspire a come back.

Liverpool 2-3 Oldham

Oldham have struggled with life in League Two, but when their big day came in week seven they rose to the occasion. An off your seat affair for Oldham and neutral fans alike saw them claim a valuable scalp when goals from Smith (2nd and 45th minute) and Wabara in the 48th minute. Over turned Suarez's equaliser on 17' and a late Allen goal in the 79th.

Everton 0-3 Wigan Athletic

Wigan's domestic season was in disarray come the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. And playing away from home in this tie, there was only one predicted winner.

But three goals in three first half minutes shocked and stunned the Everton faithful, and their team never looked like recovering. Figueroa 30', McManaman 31' and Gomez 33' saw the Latics comfortably through to the Semi Finals and eventually through to face Manchester City in the FA Cup Final after beating shock semi-finalists Millwall FC. 

QPR 2-4 MK Dons

QPR are now Premier League relegation favourites. But with great players at their disposal, it's hard to see just how this season has fell apart so drastically. Their week seven cup clash at home to League One MK Dons, seemed to be a chance to impress in-front of the Loftus Road faithful.

However, when Traore put the ball into his own net in the fourth minute it all started to go wrong. Added to by goals from Lowe 40', Harley 50' and Potter in the 56th minute, and QPR were 4-0 down at home, against League One opposition. Two late goals from Boothroyd 83' and Fabio 90' proved too little too late for the R's.

Brighton 2-0 Newcastle

Newcastle spread belief within the Toon after last season's European qualification. And with the injection of half of France in the transfer window, they seemed ready to impress again.

But it's been a topsy turvy season for Newcastle United, and this loss in week five of the cup at the hands of Championship side Brighton, was proof of that.

Goals from Orlandi 33' and Hoskins 87' sealed it for Brighton, as they out played a poor showing from The Magpies on the day.

 

So with the FA Cup throwing up plenty of upsets as usual this season, who can wait for the beginning of the 2013/14 campaign? Even if your side did suffer an unscheduled, shock defeat at the hands of 'lesser' opposition.

 

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