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The 5th round of the FA Cup is here and we saw Chelsea destroy Cardiff City 4-1 and Portsmouth do the same to Southampton. I was unable to actually watch these games, however, I was able to catch glimpses of Derby County vs Birmingham City (thanks FSC). Now, I wasn’t expecting this game to be remotely exciting so I barely watched any of the first half and didn’t tune back in until the 58th minute and by now it was 1-0 for Derby County. I figured now that the game has a goal it could have the potential to be somewhat interesting. Interesting it got.

You could feel that Birmingham City were clawing closer and closer to an equalizer and in the 72nd minute they got it from a corner kick. Scott Dann’s perfectly placed header gave Birmingham life. The match seemed to be heading to a 1-1 final which would mean the two teams would have to meet again in order to determine who would advance to the next round. However, with 5 minutes of stoppage time anything could happen and as the announcers put it themselves, “with the way this match has been played don’t count out a late winner”. It’s like he could see the future because moments later a strike from Kevin Phillips struck the post but rolled back across the face of the goal and Liam Ridgewell sprung forward to guide the ball into the back of the net.

Everyone in the building now thinks this game is over but in the 93rd minute a fantastic strike from Robbie Savage into the top corner forced Joe Hart to spring like a gazelle and channel his inner elastic man to force the ball over the net. That would be Derby’s final chance of the game and Birmingham snatch victory from the arms of defeat and continue their great form this season.

Final Score: Birmingham 2; Derby County 1

Surprise outcome of the day: Manchester City 1; Stoke City 1. Stoke have already knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup and are trying to knock out yet another giant. They will have their chance when these two teams meet again to determine who advances to the next round.

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Real Madrid have snatched up Spanish wunderkid Sergio Canales. The 18 year old splashed onto the scene at the end of last season and has continued that form this season with his electrifying pace. Canales has appeared in 10 matches for Racing Santander this season and has a team high 5 goals.

The terms of the deal are quite unique as Canales is officially a Los Blanco, however, he will remain with Racing for the remainder of the season and will be loaned back to Racing next year as well. This is good for both Real Madrid and Canales because Canales will continue to get first team play and continue to grow as a player as a result. Madrid are in no hurry to get Canales into their first team because he is still very young and his skills are raw. Leaving him at Racing for next season will benefit them greatly.

Real nabbed Canales for a mere 5 million euros and he will be with Los Blancos for the next 6 years.

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