Arsenal were left on the verge of their seventh season without a trophy after slumping out of the FA Cup with a woeful 2-0 fifth round defeat at Sunderland on Saturday.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger cut a dejected figure as a miserable week, which featured a 4-0 mauling at AC Milan in the Champions League, reached a downbeat conclusion at the Stadium of Light. Kieran Richardson put Sunderland ahead just before half-time and a late own goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was enough to help Martin O' Neill's side progress.
Spurs held, Stoke end Crawley Town's run
Tottenham Hotspur were held to a 0-0 draw at third-tier Stevenage on Sunday while last term's runners-up Stoke City reached the quarter-finals after prevailing 2-0 in another tricky-looking game at Crawley Town.
Jonathan Walters converted the 42nd-minute spotkick before Peter Crouch headed in a second after halftime.
Real go 13 clear after crushing racing
Madrid: A Cristiano Ronaldo header set Real Madrid on their way to a 4-0 win at home to 10-man Racing Santander on Saturday that stretched their advantage over second-placed Barcelona at the top of La Liga to 13 points. Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 28th goal of the season while Angel di Maria and Karim Benzema scored as well.
Milan back on top after cesena stroll
Rome: AC Milan stormed back to the top of Serie A with a 3-0 win at lowly Cesena on Sunday as they made light of the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari and Dutchman Urby Emanuelson both scored their first goals with Robinho adding the third as Milan went a point clear of Juventus.