Leyton Orient 1-1 Arsenal Tehoue 89 Rosicky 53
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Leyton Orient proved the magic of The FA Cup is alive and well after Jonathan Tehoue scored a dramatic late equaliser to earn a well deserved replay against Arsenal after a compelling Fifth Round clash at Brisbane Road.
The Premier League team appeared set to book a quarter-final against Manchester United at Old Trafford after Tomas Rosicky opened the scoring with a header early in the second-half.
But Orient refused to give up and substitute Tehoue was the hero as he burst through the Arsenal defence before lashing a finish low under Manuel Almunia with just two minutes left.
The goal sent the capacity crowd into ecstasy and was no more than Orient deserved after a wonderfully committed performance against their stellar opposition, who had beaten Barcelona just four days before.
Captain Stephen Dawson and centre-back Terrell Forbes were outstanding and Arsenal barely created a chance of note in a tight first-half, although Marouane Chamakh shot wide when well placed.
But the visitors took the lead seven minutes into the second period as Czech international Rosicky headed home Nicklas Bendtner’s pin-point cross.
That could have deflated Orient but to their credit they kept pouring forward, with Tehoue to the fore.
The Frenchman nearly created a goal for Alex Revell with ten minutes left as the forward saw his goalbound shot hit Sebastien Squillaci and rebound to safety, but he was not to be denied for long.
There was little on when he picked the ball up some 30 yards from goal, but he ran at the Arsenal defence and shrugged off two challenges before smashing home to spark astonishing scenes in East London.
And Orient will go to the Emirates with nothing to lose after fully playing their part in a classic FA Cup tie.
Leyton Orient 1 Jones, 3 Whing, 4 Chorley, 6 Forbes, 13 Daniels, 20 Smith, 8 Dawson, 17 Crowe (25 Carroll, 45), 7 Cox, 11 Revell (27 Mpoku, 84), 9 McGleish (18 Tehoue, 63)
Arsenal 1 Almunia, 3 Sagna, 48 Miquel, 18 Squillaci, 28 Gibbs, 7 Rosicky, 17 Song, 15 Denilson, 23 Arsahvin, 29 Chamakh, 52 Bendtner
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant Referees: Adam Watts and Bob Pollock
Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson