By RYAN TOLMICH
After a nervy first leg that forced a replay at Old Trafford, Manchester United took care of business in the FA Cup replay Tuesday.
Led by goals from Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and substitute James Wilson, Man United toppled Cambridge United, 3-0, on Tuesday to end the League Two side’s Cinderella story.
Cambridge did provide a scare early on, as Tom Elliot nearly gave the visitors the early lead with a shot that clattered off the right post. From that point on, though, Manchester United asserted their dominance to earn a fifth-round matchup with League One’s Preston.
Here are more of Tuesday evening’s news and notes:
BAYERN, WOLFSBURG SETTLE FOR DRAWS
An early red card, a saved penalty and a controversially disallowed goal resulted in Bayern Munich and Schlake splitting their share of the points.
The two Bundesliga sides played to a 1-1 draw Tuesday, although it was Bayern that were instantly on the defensive following a 17th minute red card to Jerome Boateng following a foul in the box. Luckily for Bayern, Schalke’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scuffed the ensuing penalty, as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer collected easily to limit the damage.
It appeared that Bayern had snatched the lead in the second half via Robert Lewandowski, but the linesman ruled that the Polish forward’s bank shot off of a Schalke defender came after the ball had previously crossed the end line.
Arjen Robben gave the Bundesliga leaders the opening goal one minute later from a corner before Benedikt Howedes provided Schalke with the equalizer just five minutes after the Dutchman’s finish.
In other Bundesliga action, Wolfsburg failed to make up ground in their chase of Bayern due to 1-1 draw of their own against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Wolfsburg was lucky to earn the point, as an 88th minute equalizer from midfielder Kevin de Bruyne rescued the team, who currently eight points behind Bayern in the Bundesliga standings.
FIERRO SUSPENDED FOR DIVING
He may have earned the team the victory, but Carlos Fierro is set to feel the Mexican Football Federation’s wrath after the Chivas de Guadalajara forward was caught diving.
Fierro has been suspended for one game “for misleading the Arbitration Body and consequently provide direct benefit to his club in the match result”. The forward dove in an effort to win a penalty in Chivas’ 1-0 victory over Pachuca, with the lone goal coming via a Giovani Hernandez finish as a result of the penalty awarded for Fierro.
Chivas currently sit fourth in the Clausura with seven points from four games.
MAXWELL FINISH LEADS PSG TO COUPE DE LA LIGUE FINAL
Paris Saint-Germain are into the finals of the Cope de la Ligue on the back of one of the unlikeliest goalscorers.
Fullback Maxwell, who has scored just 19 goals in 431 career games, provided the only finish of the day as PSG topped Lille, 1-0. The Brazilian’s finish came in the 27th minute on an assist from forward Edinson Cavani, as Maxwell sprinted on to the Uruguayan’s pass before firing into the top corner.
With the win, PSG, who have now won six straight in all competitions, will meet Monaco or Bastia in the finale on April 11.
GOMEZ BRACE LEADS ROMA OVER FIORENTINA
Fiorentin took the field Tuesday for the first time since selling star winger Juan Cuadrado, but forward Mario Gomez did plenty to pick up the slack.
Gomez provided a brace, as Fiorentina topped Roma, 2-0, Tuesday in the Coppa Italia quarterfinals. With the loss, Roma see their 2015 record in all competitions slump to 1-4-1.
The victory sends Fiorentina, who lost in last year’s finale, through to the tournament’s semifinals, where they will meet league leaders Juventus.
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