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The stars who lit up the FA Cup fourth round
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Mitchell Fretton
Casemiro scored a brace for Manchester United as they knocked out Reading
Casemiro scored a brace for Manchester United as they knocked out Reading

The FA Cup fourth round has provided us with some fantastic entertainment and there is still one match to go this evening.

Manchester City knocked out Arsenal on Friday night, while League Two Grimsby held Championship Luton to a 2-2 draw at Kenilworth Road.

Ipswich also earned their stripes as they stood firm against Burnley to earn a replay, while Sheffield Wednesday were unable to flourish against Fleetwood.

Premier League sides Tottenham, Leicester, Southampton and Manchester United all advanced with the draw for the next round set to take place before tonight's clash between Derby and West Ham.

Ahead of the match, we take a look at five stars who shone brightest in a thrilling weekend of football.

Casemiro (Manchester United)

Old Trafford stood in awe as Casemiro produced a footballing masterclass in United's 3-1 win over Reading on Saturday.

The Brazilian bagged a brace to take his total goal contributions to nine for the season and send his club marching through to the next round.

Not only did the former Real Madrid star dominate the midfield but he looked a threat in the final third, making a series of dangerous runs through the Royals' backline.

His first goal was a delicate chip over Joe Lumley but it was his second strike that caught the eye.

Casemiro swept a curling effort from 30 yards around the keeper and into the bottom corner, sending the Stretford end into raptures.

Casemiro was on fine form against Reading
Casemiro was on fine form against Reading

Sam Bell (Bristol City)

Bristol City breezed past fellow second-tier opponents West Brom on Saturday courtesy of a Sam Bell brace.

The talented forward scored either side of Alex Scott's strike to give the Robins a comfortable victory over the Baggies.

Bell opened the scoring after just 12 minutes, curling an effort into the far corner after West Brom had failed to clear a short corner from the hosts.

And the 20-year-old had the game wrapped up just minutes into the second half, latching on to a George Bell cross and dinking the ball over the onrushing David Button.

Sam Bell scored a brace as Bristol City beat West Brom
Sam Bell scored a brace as Bristol City beat West Brom

Heung-Min Son (Tottenham)

There was no Harry Kane, Cristian Romero, Hugo Lloris or Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for Spurs at the weekend but Heung-Min Son stole the show in a comfortable victory over Preston.

The South Korean had a number of opportunities in the match and eventually opened the scoring with an emphatic effort on his weak foot early in the second half.

Continuing to dominate, the North London club sealed the deal with their No7 able to turn Jordan Storey in the box and fire past Freddie Woodman on his left foot.

January signing Arnaut Danjuma made his first appearance for Spurs and scored the third but it was Son who stole the headlines at Deepdale.

Paul Mullin (Wrexham)

The match between Wrexham and Sheffield United proved to be an FA Cup classic with goals, red cards and a last-minute equaliser.

Despite falling behind early, the National League side battled back and found themselves 2-1 and 3-2 up before John Egan rescued the tie for the Championship club.

Paul Mullin starred for the Welsh outfit, taking his season tally to 29 goals with a driven shot through the legs of Adam Davies.

However, his strike was not enough to prevent the 10-man Blades from forcing a replay in Sheffield to decide who progresses to the last 16.

Paul Mullin scored in the thriller with Sheffield United
Paul Mullin scored in the thriller with Sheffield United

Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton)

Kaoru Mitoma has been a regular feature in our stars of the week columns this season and the Japanese winger once again earned his spot with a winner against Liverpool.

Brighton edged the Reds at the Amex with the last-gasp goal but Mitoma's performance was a spectacle for every fan who had made the trip to the South Coast.

The 25-year-old was a problem for Trent Alexander-Arnold all game, resulting in the England international being subbed off for the more experienced James Milner.

His goal was the moment of the match, faking his first effort and stabbing a volley past Alisson before running over to the Brighton bench to celebrate.


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