Arsenal 0-1 Blackburn Rovers
ARSENAL’S HOPES OF ending their eight-year trophy drought suffered a huge setback after they were dumped out of the FA Cup at home to second-tier Blackburn Rovers.
Colin Kazim-Richards scored the only goal in Indian-owned Blackburn’s 1-0 victory when he struck in the 72nd minute after Gunners keeper Wojciech Szczesny failed to hold Martin Olsson’s shot.
Arsenal, who haven’t won a major piece of silverware since lifting the FA Cup in 2005, must now somehow lift themselves for a last 16 Champions League first leg tie at the Emirates Stadium when German giants Bayern Munich visit on Tuesday.
It was the second time this season Arsenal had been knocked out of a domestic cup competition by lower league oppostion after losing to fourth-tier Bradford in the League Cup.
Elsewhere, Millwall avoided a potential banana-skin to advance to the last eight with a comfortable 3-0 win over non-league Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.
First-half goals from James Henry and Rob Hulse and a second-half strike from Danny N’Guessan ensured the Lions progressed to the quarter-finals of the tournament for the first time since they were beaten in the 2004 final by Manchester United.
Barnsley are also through to the quarters after surviving a second-half MK Dons fightback to secure a 3-1 victory at Stadium MK.
The visitors roared out of the blocks and, inspired by midfield playmaker Jacob Mellis, established a two-goal lead through Chris Dagnall and Marlon Harewood inside 20 minutes.
Lifeless before half-time, the Dons improved after the break but Dean Bowditch’s goal was all they could muster and Dagnall added a late third on the counterattack to seal the win.
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