London - Premier League champions Manchester City began their FA Cup campaign with a 7-0 thrashing of Rotherham on Sunday but Fulham, battling to avoid relegation from the Premier League, were beaten 2-1 by fourth-tier Oldham.
there would be a non-league presence in the fourth round with a 1-0 win
away to second-tier Championship club Sheffield United.
City manager Pep Guardiola may have made eight changes from the team
that beat Premier League leaders Liverpool on Thursday but still fielded
a strong side for the visit of Championship side Rotherham, with Raheem
Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus all starting as playmaker
Kevin De Bruyne returned from injury.
Sterling made it 1-0 in the 12th minute and City then scored twice in the closing stages of the first half.
Foden, the England Under-21 international, got on the end of a cross
from Ilkay Gundogan in the 43rd minute to score his first home goal for
City before Rotherham defender Semi Ajayi turned the ball into his own
Jesus made it 4-0 early in the second half before Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane added further goals.
"We are going to try and do well in every competition we play in," Guardiola told the BBC.
Denis Odoi put
Fulham ahead in the 52nd minute at Craven Cottage but Sam Sturridge drew
Oldham level with a penalty before Callum Lang's header two minutes
from time sealed a comeback win.
Daniel Iversen compounded Fulham's misery by saving an Aleksandar Mitrovic penalty just moments earlier.
"It is Roy of the Rovers stuff," said Oldham boss Pete Wild. "The character in the dressing room is phenomenal."
Elsewhere, Barnet beat Championship high-flyers Sheffield United thanks to Shaquile Coulthirst's 21st-minute penalty.
unbelievable -- that's the only word I have at the minute," said Barnet
captain Callum Reynolds after the north London club's triumph.
"I mean they (Sheffield United) are third in the Championship and we beat them at their ground."
Blades manager Chris Wilder blasted his side's "arrogance", insisting: "The fans should have booed the players louder."
manager Javi Gracia changed his entire starting side from the team that
drew 3-3 at Bournemouth, with Venezuela forward Adalberto Penaranda
making his Hornets debut at non-league Woking.
But hopes of
Woking, 110 places adrift of the Hornets, enjoying a shock win suffered a
setback when Will Hughes curled in a 13th-minute shot from the edge of
Watford made it 2-0 16 minutes from time when Troy Deeney scored from close range.
was sure it was the best option for us (to change the side) because we
knew it would be a demanding game," Gracia told BT Sport.
came from a goal down to beat Championship rivals Hull 2-1, substitute
Shane Ferguson scoring twice inside the closing eight minutes.
defeated Championship leaders Leeds by the same scoreline, Jake Bidwell
grabbing a 75th-minute winner for the west London club.
Fourth-tier Newport County are at home to Premier League Leicester in Sunday's 1630 GMT kick-off.
Saturday, FA Cup holders Chelsea cruised to a 2-0 win over Nottingham
Forest in what seems certain to have been Cesc Fabregas's final match
for the Blues.
It was the same result as Manchester United beat
Reading to make it five wins out of five under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar
Arsenal, the record 13-times FA Cup winners, won 3-0
at Blackpool, West Ham beat Birmingham 2-0 and Everton defeated Lincoln
Saturday also saw Championship club Bristol City beat top-flight basement club Huddersfield 1-0.
Elsewhere, in an all-Premier League clash, Brighton won 3-1 away to south coast rivals Bournemouth.
division Derby, managed by ex-England midfielder Frank Lampard, came
from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Premier League strugglers Southampton.
Newcastle were also held to a draw, 1-1 against second-tier Blackburn.
League leaders Liverpool will complete a third round that started with
Tottenham's 7-0 thrashing of Tranmere on Friday when they travel to
top-flight rivals Wolves on Monday.