London: Tottenham were held to a goalless draw by third-tier side Stevenage, while Liverpool hammered Brighton 6-1 in the FA Cup, on Sunday.
Spurs had a goal by Louis Saha disallowed, as it was deemed offside, but were largely frustrated by an organized Stevenage team consisting of former Tottenham fringe players Chris Day and Ronnie Henry.
Tottenham fielded a strong lineup despite the absence of Luka Modric through an illness. Stoke — last seasons runner-up — overcame an early red card to Rory Delap to beat fourth-tier side Crawley through a 42nd-minute penalty by Jonathan Walters and a 52nd-minute header from Peter Crouch.
Liverpool, whose win came thanks to an early Martin Skrtel goal, a neat Andy Carroll finish, three own goals and a late Luis Suarez header, next host last terms runners-up Stoke City in the quarterfinal after they prevailed 2-0 at Crawley Town.
Suarezcompleted the rout against his Uruguayan compatriot Gus Poyets side.