Swansea unravels Notts in biggest F.A. Cup win

The Associated Press

Notts County’s Jon Stead, left, and Swansea’s Kyle Bartley battle for the ball during their F.A. Cup match in Swansea, Wales, on Tuesday.

The Associated Press With a club-record 8-1 win in the English F.A. Cup, Swansea offered further evidence of its revival under new manager Carlos Carvalhal on Tuesday.

Huddersfield was another winner in the fourth-round replays, beating second-tier Birmingham 4-1 after extra time to set up a last-16 clash with Manchester United — three days after losing at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

Carvalhal has masterminded wins for Swansea over Liverpool and Arsenal in recent weeks to lift the Welsh club out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.

Notts County, a team from England’s fourth tier, provided a much easier test and Swansea took advantage by scoring four goals in each half at Liberty Stadium. The teams drew 1-1 in the original match last month.

“It’s important if it’s the best result in the [club’s] history, but the most important thing is the attitude of the players that made all the difference,” Carvalhal said. “I spoke to them before the game that we had a challenge.”

Carvalhal played a team filled largely with fringe players and two of them — Tammy Abraham and Nathan Dyer — scored twice in the first half. Kyle Naughton, Wayne Routledge, Tom Carroll and debutant Daniel James added more goals after halftime to complete Swansea’s biggest F.A. Cup win.

The reward for Carvalhal is a meeting with the club that fired him in December, second-tier Sheffield Wednesday.

In the other match Tuesday, third-tier Rochdale beat second-tier Millwall 1-0 and will play either Tottenham or fourth-tier Newport in the fifth round. Their replay is on Wednesday.

Bayern storms into semis

BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich booked its place in the German Cup semifinals with a 6-0 win at third-division leader Paderborn on Tuesday.

Jupp Heynckes’ 19th victory from 20 games since returning as coach keeps his side on track to repeat the 2013 treble of his previous stint in charge.

Bayern, which is 18 points clear in the Bundesliga and likely to wrap up the title in record time, next faces Turkish side Besiktas in the Champions League, and has only two more games to win to reclaim the German Cup.

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