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Teenager Michael Petrasso was sent on loan to Oldham to gain some professional experience, and on Sunday he played 90 minutes in one of the world's most famous stadiums.

Many of Canada's players are still enjoying a winter hiatus, but a hardy few were in action over the first weekend of 2014.

While the success stories are few and far between this season, some younger players are starting to find their footing. 


After a successful initial loan spell with Oldham Athletic to end 2013, 18-year-old Michael Petrasso extended his stay with the Latics and on Sunday he had the opportunity to play on the biggest stage of his young career.

The Canadian winger was in the starting lineup and played 90 minutes for Oldham in its FA Cup match against Liverpool, in a David and Goliath contest held at Anfield. After a valiant first half that saw the Latics hold their Premier League opponents scoreless, the gulf in class was too much to handle over the final 45 minutes, and Oldham dropped a 2-0 result.

Not surprisingly, Petrasso didn't get to attack nearly as much as he's become accustomed to in League One, but the youngster did put a huge scare into the home side after forcing a huge save from the Liverpool goalkeeper when the game was still scoreless. 

Elsewhere in FA Cup third round action: Striker Iain Hume (77 minutes) and Preston North End forced a replay with Ipswich Town via a 1-1 draw at Portman Road. Also, Marcus Haber (77 minutes) got a rare start for League One cellar dwellar Stevenage in a 3-2 victory at Doncaster Rovers, defender David Edgar stayed on the bench for Burnley in a 4-3 loss at Southampton, and Junior Hoilett was not in the 18-man squad for Queens Park Rangers in a lopsided 4-0 defeat at Everton.


It's been a frustrating year for Apollon Limassol's Daniel Haber, who once again stayed on the bench on Saturday. His side played to a 1-1 draw with visiting Anorthosis, and it currently sits second on the 1. Division table.


On Sunday, SKODA Xanthi squandered an early lead and fell 2-1 to visiting PAOK. Midfielder Julian de Guzman played the full 90 minutes for Xanthi and picked up a 36th-minute yellow card.