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5 things we learned from the fifth round of the FA Cup

5 things we learned from the fifth round of the FA Cup
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It was a good weekend for the remaining Premier League sides.

Seven FA Cup fifth-round ties were played across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with Chelsea's home clash against Manchester United to come on Monday evening.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at five things we learned from the last-16 action so far.

Not so magic

Doncaster Rovers v Crystal Palace – FA Jeffrey Schlupp (left) scored one of Crystal Palace's goals in their 3-0 win at Doncaster (Richard Sellers/PA).
Jeffrey Schlupp (left) scored one of Crystal Palace's goals in their 2-0 win at Doncaster (Richard Sellers/PA)

After the previous two rounds had delivered a number of shocks, round five was a reminder of how the competition can be, proving considerably less exciting for observers hoping for giant-killings as all six of the clubs facing lower-league opposition progressed to the quarter-finals. The last eight certainly looks interesting ahead of Monday's draw, though, given it will feature two non-Premier League sides – Championship duo Millwall and Swansea – and only two of the top-flight's 'big six'.

City march on

Premier League leaders Manchester City are in the hat after a 4-1 win at League Two Newport that showed their ability to handle a different kind of assignment to usual. On a patchy Rodney Parade pitch, Pep Guardiola's men withstood some notable pressure before securing a convincing victory to remain fighting for four trophies.

Foden shines again

A standout performer in that contest was City's teenage midfielder Phil Foden as he gave further demonstration of his exciting talent. Having scored two goals in the tie, the 18-year-old England Under-21s international now has four in his last five appearances.

Wolves in the hunt

Wolves were another Premier League side who successfully came through a tricky-looking away tie, triumphing 1-0 against Bristol City to snap the Championship outfit's nine-match winning run. Nuno Espirito Santo's seventh-place side are having an extremely impressive season and at the moment the possibility of that including an FA Cup triumph does not seem at all unrealistic.

Cole still making his mark

Although his new side were beaten, Derby's new signing Ashley Cole showed he is still able to have an impact on games at the age of 38 in the 2-1 loss at Brighton. Brought on by his former Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard at half-time with the visitors 2-0 down, the veteran full-back – on a deal until the end of the season – went on to score an 81st-minute header, his first goal in English football since September 2012. His performance was praised afterwards by Lampard, who feels it may not prove Cole's final appearance in a competition he has won a record seven times.

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· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
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· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

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