League Two Club Stevenage FC Mock Coutinho During FA Cup Tie vs Aston Villa

League Two Club Stevenage FC Mock Coutinho During FA Cup Tie vs Aston Villa

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:22 PM
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  • Stevenage FC masterminded a big upset by beating Aston Villa in the FA Cup on January 8
  • The League Two side scored two late goals to dump Unai Emery's men from the competition
  • Villa's Philippe Coutinho had a dismal outing and was mocked by Stevenage on social media

League Two club, Stevenage FC recorded a shock FA Cup victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park on January 8.

Stevenage walked into the game to face an Aston Villa side that has been on the rise since the appointment of former Arsenal boss, Unai Emery.

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Stevenage players celebrate after their Emirates FA Cup third round win against Aston Villa at Villa Park on January 8, 2023. Photo by James Gill - Danehouse.
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The minnows were surprisingly on the front foot, but fell behind to Morgan Sanson's effort in the first half.

With Villa poised to see the game off and qualify for the next round, Stevenage's Jamie Reid equalised from the spot with two minutes left on the clock, before Dean Campbell completed the comeback in one of the biggest shocks in the cup's history.

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Club takes swipe at Coutinho

The social media admin of Stevenage then took a major swipe at Villa's playmaker, Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian had an underwhelming game against the League Two outfit and was replaced in the 66th minute.

The former Liverpool player has failed to regain the form he had when he initially joined the Midlands club from Barcelona.

Stevenage rubbed salt into injury by tweeting:

"66′ - Philippe Coutinho comes off. The substitution took longer than usual as they had to dig him out of Luther James-Wildin’s back pocket."

Fans have been quick to jump on the tweet, especially because it was tweeted at a time when Stevenage were trailing and starting at another early exit.

The surprising victors will now face Stoke City in the fourth round.

FA Cup draw heats up

Sports Brief has also reported that Manchester City will be at home to either Oxford or Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup, after sweeping Premier League rivals Chelsea 4-0 on Sunday.

Current EPL leaders and 14-time record FA Cup winners, the Gunners are away to third-tier Oxford on Monday.

Fourth-division Stevenage were rewarded for a stunning come-from-behind 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, in one of the great upsets of the third round, with a tie away to Championship club Stoke City.

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