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january 27, 2013 • 01:17 PM

Liverpool, Tottenham exit FA Cup to lower-tier teams

Oldhham Athletic pplayers celebrate after they eliminated Liverpool in the 4th round of the FA Cup.
Foto: Getty

Liverpool and Tottenham were humbled by lower-league opposition in the FA Cup on Sunday, joining a lengthy list of Premier League teams to exit at the fourth-round stage of the world's oldest knockout competition.

Third-tier struggler Oldham stunned Liverpool 3-2 while Spurs lost 2-1 at Leeds, which is mid-table in the second-tier League Championship. Chelsea was spared a similar fate by Spain striker Fernando Torres, who earned the holders a replay with a late equalizer in a 2-2 draw at third-tier Brentford.

The FA Cup has been made famous down the years for so-called "giant killing acts" and this season has proved no different, with non-league team Luton beating Norwich 1-0 on Saturday and both Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers also falling to lowly sides.

Tottenham was eliminated by Leeds and Chelsea needed a late equalizer to draw 2-2 at third-tier Brentford on Sunday as the fortunes of Premier League teams in the FA Cup fourth round showed no sign of improving.

Spurs joined Aston Villa, Norwich and Queens Park Rangers in exiting the famous competition to lower-league opposition this weekend by losing 2-1 at Elland Road, paying the price for fielding no recognized strikers in their lineup.

Ross McCormack put Leeds 2-0 ahead in the 50th minute with a curling finish and although Clint Dempsey pulled a goal back, Tottenham rarely threatened an equalizer.

Tottenham, which is fourth in the Premier League, is the highest-ranked team to be knocked out after a weakened lineup was shown up by Leeds. Luke Varney raced through to put the hosts ahead in the 15th minute and McCormack also broke the offside trap to cut inside and curl a fine shot into the corner.

With Jermain Defoe out injured and Emmanuel Adebayor at the African Nations Cup, Dempsey played out of position as a striker and headed in Gareth Bale's cross in the 58th to give Spurs hope.

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