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Lincoln to play Sutton or Arsenal in FA Cup, Chelsea host Man Utd

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How Lincoln City became FA Cup legends

Lincoln City will play Sutton or Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-finals as reward for their stunning fifth-round victory over Burnley.

The fifth-tier club became the first non-league team in 103 years to reach the last eight with the biggest shock of the competition so far on Saturday.

Holders Manchester United play Chelsea, and Millwall, who beat Premier League champions Leicester, play Tottenham.

Middlesbrough face Manchester City or Huddersfield, who drew 0-0 on Saturday.

“It’s a win-win,” Lincoln manager Danny Cowley said on BT Sport. “We wish Sutton all the best tomorrow, I genuinely hope they can do it.”

Sutton, who are the lowest-ranked team still left in the cup, play at home to the Gunners in a 19:55 GMT kick-off on Monday that will be live on BBC One.

The replay between Manchester City and Huddersfield is provisionally set for Tuesday, 28 February at Etihad Stadium.

Full FA Cup quarter-final draw:

  • Chelsea v Manchester United
  • Middlesbrough v Huddersfield/Manchester City
  • Tottenham v Millwall
  • Sutton/Arsenal v Lincoln

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There are 88 places between National League leaders Lincoln and Arsenal. Sutton are in the same league as the Imps but are in 17th – 104 places below the Gunners.

Lincoln boss Cowley said his side had achieved a “football miracle” after beating Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor with an 89th-minute winner.

It is the first time in the club’s 133-year history that they have reached the quarter-finals.

Their next match is away to North Ferriby United on Tuesday, while they are also still in the FA Trophy and play Boreham Wood for a semi-final place on Saturday.

Queens Park Rangers, who joined the Football League in 1920, were the last non-league team to make the FA Cup last eight, in 1914. They were beaten 2-1 by Liverpool in their quarter-final at Anfield.

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