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Wrexham heartbreak! Hollywood-backed FA Cup darlings lose fourth-round replay to Sheffield United in stoppage time

  • Visited Sheffield Utd after 3-3 draw
  • Huge underdogs
  • Close to historic FA Cup upset

WHAT HAPPENED? Wrexham entered the game as underdogs having allowed a hard-to-swallow equaliser in a 3-3 draw at home last month to set up the fourth-round FA Cup replay. After going down 1-0 on Tuesday, they responded with a converted penalty from Paul Mullin, but the forward missed a second spot-kick a few minutes later.

Sheffield United's Billy Sharp and Sander Berge put the game away with goals in stoppage time. Sharp's winner was preventable, coming from a long ball that bounced through a defender's legs and into the Sheffield United player's path.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Wrexham have achieved international prominence despite being a fifth-tier club. They were purchased by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney and they star in the streaming docuseries "Welcome to Wrexham". The FA Cup presented a chance to face clubs with much more resources, and they came so close to upsetting a Championship team in Sheffield United.


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WHAT NEXT FOR WREXHAM? Their next FA Cup opponent would have been Tottenham if they advanced, but they'll now return to National League action where they're in second place.