What happened in football today: January 9, 2021

FA Cup holders Arsenal advance to next round

Extra-time goals from Emile Smith Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped Arsenal win 2-0 against Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium.

In a tense affair, neither team managed to break the deadlock in 90 minutes during the FA Cup third round clash. Despite striker Gabriel Martinelli losing to an ankle injury during the pre-match warm-up, Mikel Arteta’s side have maintained their impressive form in the competition. The club have progressed in 24 of their last 25 FA Cup third round appearances, having only failed against Nottingham Forest in 2017-18 in that race.

Elsewhere, Everton survived a scare as it also took them until extra time to defeat Championship side Rotherham 2-1 at Goodison Park. However, the afternoon turned out to be easier for Leicester City, who beat Stoke City 4-0 at the bet365 Stadium.

Progress out of the Chorley League in the FA Cup

Non-League Chorley defeated Derby County 2-0 in the FA Cup third round.

Connor Hall and Mike Calveley scored for Chorley in a memorable victory for the club.

With acting Derby manager Wayne Rooney and his entire first-team team isolated due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the club, further COVID-19-related absences before kick-off have forced the coach development Pat Lyons to field a team without a minute of first team experience.

Nine of Derby’s starting eleven were making their senior debuts and the squad had an average age of just 19.

Derby County still haven’t paid some players their December wages

Like athleticism revealed on Saturday, several members of the Derby County game team have yet to be paid for December.

Sources said athleticism that the players are frustrated by the delay in salaries but also by what they perceive as a lack of communication on the part of the club.

The Telegraph reported on New Years Eve that the situation was due to a delay in the takeover by Derventio Holdings but that salaries would be paid next week. On Saturday, that still hadn’t happened.

Four WSL games postponed due to COVID-19

Four women’s Super League fixtures were canceled this weekend due to the increase in positive COVID-19 cases.

Matches between Aston Villa and Arsenal, Manchester City and West Ham, Everton and Manchester United, and Bristol City and Brighton have been postponed due to a shortage of available players.

Chelsea’s game at Reading on Sunday is now the only WSL game to go on this weekend.

Schalke ends 30-game winless streak

19-year-old American Mathew Hoppe’s hat-trick, the first three goals of his senior career, saw Schalke register his first Bundesliga victory in 31 games.

Schalke emphatically beat Hoffenheim 4-0, with Amine Harit also on the scoresheet in the 79th minute.

Hoppe, who is a regular at Schalke’s fourth tier in reserve squad, is the first American to score a Bundesliga treble.

Navy squad tests negative for COVID-19 ahead of Tottenham shock

Marine manager Neil Young will have a choice between a full squad against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup on Sunday after every player has tested negative for COVID-19.

Navy players and staff underwent COVID-19 tests before practice Thursday night and faced an anxious 36-hour wait before they heard the results, which were finally all released on Saturday morning.

A positive test result would have excluded one of them from the biggest game in club history with Spurs on Sunday.

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