Papers laud major upsets

LONDON - British newspapers hailed more major upsets in the FA Cup yesterday after big fish Chelsea and Manchester United were both knocked out by minnows in what one paper called "this hazy, crazy cup year".

LONDON - British newspapers hailed more major upsets in the FA Cup yesterday after big fish Chelsea and Manchester United were both knocked out by minnows in what one paper called "this hazy, crazy cup year".

Chelsea were dispatched by Championship side Barnsley, who beat them 1-0, while United were toppled by Premiership middleweights Portsmouth with the same scoreline. "So this hazy, crazy, cup year careers on," the Sunday Times said.

"As if the exit of Manchester United was not enough of an upset, albeit to a Premier League side, Chelsea were humbled by Barnsley on a Yorkshire night made for the underdogs.

"So no member of the big four reaches the last four of the cup and all is right with the world outside the Champions League."

The Observer said Portsmouth had lucky breaks in seizing victory. Most papers agreed that Barnsley's Kayode Odejayi was the star. - Sapa-AFP

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