Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (C) celebrates with Lucas
Leiva (L) and Jack Robinson after scoring during their FA
Cup match against Mansfield Town at Field Mill in
Mansfield. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Daniel Sturridge scored on his Liverpool debut and Luis
Suarez caused controversy as the seven-time winners beat minor
league Mansfield Town 2-1 to reach the FA Cup fourth round.
Swansea City and Arsenal had earlier drawn 2-2 in a dramatic
match at the Liberty Stadium that featured a lightning strike
from substitute Michu and a dramatic three-goal flurry in the
final 10 minutes.
Sturridge, signed from European champions Chelsea, took just
seven minutes to open his account on a rutted Mansfield pitch
that looked more like a mudfield in places.
Suarez, who replaced the England striker in the 55th minute,
made it 2-0 after just four minutes on the pitch but the goal
triggered accusations of cheating after television replays
suggested he had used his hand.
Neutrals hoping for an upset, in a David and Goliath clash
encapsulating the magic of the world's oldest knockout
competition, were given hope when Matt Green pulled one back
for the Stags in the 79th and Liverpool faltered.
The game ended with Liverpool under pressure, Green having a
shot turned away in stoppage time and Exodus Geohaghon
rattling the visitors with his immense throw-ins.
Swansea's big Spaniard Michu made an instant impact 58
minutes into the game against Arsenal when he netted 73
seconds after coming off the bench to chants of "he scores
when he wants to" from a spirited Welsh crowd.
Arsenal, without any silverware since 2005 and determined not
to let their best remaining chance of the season slip through
their fingers, equalised through substitute Lukas Podolski in
Kieran Gibbs then put the visitors 2-1 up with a volley two
The Arsenal fans' elation was short-lived, however, with
Danny Graham grabbing an equaliser from close range in the
87th in a frenetic final few minutes during which either side
could have produced a winner.
Arsenal's Theo Walcott had the ball in the net but was ruled
offside, while team mate Laurent Koscielny fired over the bar
on the rebound from a Michel Vorm save.
"A replay wasn't exactly what I was hoping for, especially
with the two League Cup games against Chelsea in mind and the
league games coming up," said Swansea manager Michael
"It's a very tight schedule. But a replay is better than a
The winners of the replay at the Emirates will face
Championship (second tier) giantkillers Brighton and Hove
Albion, who humbled Premier League Newcastle United on
Saturday, in the fourth round.
Holders and European champions Chelsea, who thrashed
Southampton 5-1 on Saturday, face lower division opponents
Southend United (IV) or Brentford (III) in the next round.
Liverpool now play Oldham Athletic (III).
Swansea's clash with Arsene Wenger's trophy-starved Arsenal
was a slow-burner, two passing sides sparring tentatively for
much of the first half before throwing caution to the wind.
Laudrup broke the deadlock by sending on Michu, who collected
a header from Nathan Dyer and muscled through the defence by
lifting the ball past Per Mertesacker before calmly slotting
It was his third goal against Arsenal this season, after
scoring twice at the Emirates in the Premier League last
Arsenal, who won the FA Cup in 2005, were dumped out of the
League Cup on penalties by fourth tier Bradford City.
With the North Londoners sixth in the Premier League, 18
points behind leaders Manchester United, the FA Cup looks
their best chance of taking something from a highly erratic
Arsenal are also in Champions League contention, although far
from favourites with a match against Bayern Munich looming
next month in the last 16.