London: Premier League title favourites Manchester City were reduced to 10 men on Saturday as they survived a torrid examination of their class by lower league side Blackburn Rovers in a feisty 1-1 draw in the FA Cup third round.
Arsenal went past Tottenham Hotspur 2-0, at Emirates Stadium, to reach the fourth round. Santi Cazorla scored the opening goal in the 31st minutes, while Tomas Rosicky doubled the lead on the hour.
Gunners’ victory came at a cost, with Theo Walcott being carried off on a stretcher in the closing stages after appearing to have suffered a knee injury.
City, unexpectedly beaten by Wigan Athletic in last season’s FA Cup final, went ahead with a 45th minute goal from Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo, but Championship side Blackburn levelled 10 minutes later through a similar close-range effort by Scott Dann.
Manuel Pellegrini’s much-changed team had further chances to score but also rode their luck. Belgian defender Dedryck Boyata was dismissed in the 85th minute following two yellow card offences.
City replaced Spanish winger David Silva with Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta and hung on for a replay back at the Etihad Stadium.