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Ten-man Millwall knock out Leicester in last minute

Highlights: Millwall 1-0 Leicester

Ten-man Millwall secured a stunning upset with a last-minute winner to beat Premier League champions Leicester City and reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The League One side had defender Jake Cooper sent off in the 52nd minute for two bookable offences.

However, Shaun Cummings grabbed the dramatic winning goal when he collected Lee Gregory’s pass, cut in from the right side, went past a Leicester defender in the box and finished low past Ron-Robert Zieler.

Millwall, 33 places behind Leicester in the English football system, have reached the last eight of the competition for only the third time in 32 seasons.

A memorable day for the Lions

Millwall were playing their fifth match of this year’s competition and had defeated Premier League sides Bournemouth and Watford in the last two rounds.

However, their chances of causing another surprise looked to have ended early in the second half when Cooper was dismissed.

He picked up his first booking at the end of the first half when he tried to kick the ball out of Leicester goalkeeper Zieler’s hands before he was sent off following a needless sliding challenge on Ahmed Musa, who was still in his own half and close to the right touchline.

Millwall defender Jake Cooper was sent off after being booked just before and just after the half-time break

Nevertheless, Neil Harris’ side, sixth in the third tier, were the better of the two sides for the remainder of the match with their manager making attacking changes as they pushed for the win.

And, in a dramatic conclusion, they got the goal and managed to hold on to spark jubilant scenes of celebration at a sold-out Den.

The Lions’ last appearance in the last eight came in 2012-13 and they will now be waiting to see who they get in the quarter-final draw.

That will take place at 18:30 GMT on Sunday and can be watched on the BBC News channel and the BBC Sport website, with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

Millwall will be joined in the draw by National League side Lincoln City after the Imps won 1-0 at Burnley to become the first non-league side in 103 years to make the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Leicester’s miserable season continues

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri made 10 changes to the team that lost 2-0 at Swansea last Sunday, resting key players for Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Sevilla.

But the Italian will be furious with a missed opportunity and he criticised his players after the match, saying that Millwall played with “more heart” and “more desire” following Cooper’s red card.

The Foxes had more chances throughout the game as Shinji Okazaki twice had efforts saved by Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer, Demarai Gray curled an attempt wide and substitute Jamie Vardy shot narrowly off target.

However, it is another day to forget for a Leicester side that won the Premier League by 10 points last season, but are now involved in a battle to stay in the top flight and have suffered an FA Cup embarrassment.

To make things worse for Ranieri, defender Molla Wague, who was making his debut after joining on loan from Italian team Udinese at the end of the transfer window, faces a lengthy absence after dislocating his shoulder in the second half.

Man of the match – Shaun Cummings (Millwall)

As well as scoring the match-winning goal, right-back Shaun Cummings also made three tackles, four clearances, one interception and set up two chances with key passes

Wasteful Leicester pay the price – stats

  • Millwall beat the reigning English top-flight champions in a competitive match for the first time since a 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup in 1927.
  • It is the first time since 1936-37 that the Lions have eliminated three top-flight sides in the same FA Cup campaign.
  • Jake Cooper received just his second career red card, having also been sent off for Reading against Crystal Palace in March 2016.
  • Leicester’s tally of 12 shots in the first half was their most in the first 45 minutes of any game this season – however, only one of these was on target.
  • Leicester City failed to score for the seventh time in 10 competitive games in 2017.
  • It was the Foxes’ first FA Cup defeat to a side in the third tier or lower since they were knocked out by Wycombe Wanderers in March 2001.

‘These are special days’ – what they said

Millwall inspired by Lincoln – Harris

Millwall manager Neil Harris: “This sums up the FA Cup as a whole. It doesn’t happen by chance. We are on a great run and have great spirit.

“When we went to 10 men it galvanised us. There was more pressure on Leicester. I made attacking changes to win the game because neither of us wanted a replay. When we needed that bit of quality Shaun Cummings provided it.

“I thought the atmosphere was electric. The noise was phenomenal. These are special days for us. The fans feed off the players and players off the fans.”

Millwall goalscorer Shaun Cummings: “It was a very good team effort, especially since we were down to 10 men.

“I saw an opportunity to run forward and get in the box and it just opened up for me.

“This is our home ground and you can see the atmosphere. Any team we get at home, we can do a number on them.

“We are in the competition to win it. It is nice we have got this far. We have to keep moving forward. Hopefully we will get another home draw and we move on from there.”

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri: “I am very disappointed. We played well in the first half, so-so at the beginning of the second until it went to 10 v 11. After then they played better than us, with more desire and heart and deserved to win.

“When we have the opportunity to go to the next round, we have to win. We have to show desire. I gave a great opportunity to my players.

“We can learn. When a team from League One beats the champions we say why and have to react as soon as possible. We are better than Millwall, but Millwall deserved to win.”

What’s next?

Millwall play Chesterfield in League One on Tuesday (19:45 GMT), 24 hours before Leicester play in Spain against Sevilla (19:45 GMT) in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The Foxes return to Premier League action on Monday, 27 February with a home game against Liverpool (20:00 GMT).

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