Tottenham and Liverpool have both fought back from a goal down at home to third-tier opponents to ensure there would be no more FA Cup sensations.
Following Newcastle’s humbling at home to another third-tier side Cambridge on Saturday, fellow Premier League side Spurs also found themselves facing humiliation on Sunday as Morecambe led them 1-0 after 73 minutes.
But Tottenham got lucky when their midfielder Harry Winks sent in a free kick from near the corner flag on the left wing and the ball flew over everyone into the top corner.
Substitutes Lucas Moura and Harry Kane then added further goals in the final five minutes for Spurs, who denied Morecambe a place in the fourth round for the first time in the League Two club’s 101-year history.
Liverpool won 4-1 at home to Shrewsbury but only after the visitors had gone ahead after 27 minutes.
The Reds equalised seven minutes later through Kaide Gordon, one of four teenagers handed a start in a youthful Liverpool line-up.
He became the second-youngest scorer in the club’s history – at 17 years and 96 days – and their youngest-ever Cup marksman with a coolly taken effort.
Then Fabinho scored either side of a cheeky backheel goal from fellow Brazilian Roberto Firmino, who came on as a substitute.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was back in the dugout after spending time in isolation following a positive test for the coronavirus.
In an all-Premier League matchup, West Ham beat Leeds 2-0, with Manuel Lanzini’s crucial opening goal controversially awarded after a potential offside against Jarrod Bowen, who scored the second in stoppage time.
Leeds players complained about the first goal on the field, and so did the club chairman on his Twitter account.
Wolverhampton Wanderers won 3-0 against Sheffield United to ensure another straightforward passage for a top-flight side with two goals from Daniel Podence and another from Nelson Semedo.
Norwich defeated Charlton 1-0 with a second-half goal from Milot Rashica, Stoke City beat Leyton Orient 2-0 and Luton thrashed fourth-tier Harrogate Town 4-0.