Cristiano Ronaldo and substitute Wayne Rooney scored in the last nine minutes and Manchester United ousted Aston Villa from the FA Cup 2-0.
Entering 11 minutes from the end yesterday, in a game watched by England's new coach Fabio Capello, Rooney inspired United's fourth successive FA Cup triumph over Villa in seven years.
Rooney started the move that ended with Ronaldo sliding home Ryan Giggs' cross in the 81st minute. After providing another expert crossfield pass to the Portuguese star, Rooney fired home first time from the edge of the area after Ronaldo's shot had been blocked by a defender.
United's routine victory over Villa followed a day of upsets.
League One Oldham triumphed 1-0 at Everton and Coventry won 4-1 at Blackburn. Another League Championship club, Sheffield United, won 1-0 at Bolton on a goal by Australian winger David Carney, and League One Huddersfield ousted Birmingham City 2-1 as soccer's oldest and most famous domestic competition lived up to its reputation for drama and surprises.
Gary McDonald scored Oldham's winner at Goodison Park as the Latics, who have won seven times on the road this term, triumphed at Everton for the first time in 88 years.
Michael Mifsud, a Maltese international who used to play in Germany and Norway, scored twice as Coventry outplayed Blackburn at Ewood Park.
Defending champion Chelsea edged League Championship Queens Park Rangers 1-0 on a lucky own-goal by visiting goalkeeper Lee Camp. Claudio Pizarro's first-half shot hit the post and then rebounded off the goalkeeper's body and back into the net.