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West Ham, Aston Villa stem flow of upsets in FA Cup with wins over lower-league opponents

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LONDON — West Ham and Aston Villa defeated lower-league opponents in the fourth round Sunday to stem the flow of upsets in the FA Cup.

PHOTO: Bristol City's Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, top, and West Ham United's James Tomkins battle for the ball during the English FA Cup fourth round soccer match at Ashton Gate, Bristol, England, Sunday Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/PA, Andrew Matthews) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE
Bristol City's Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, top, and West Ham United's James Tomkins battle for the ball during the English FA Cup fourth round soccer match at Ashton Gate, Bristol, England, Sunday Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/PA, Andrew Matthews) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

Senegal striker Diafra Sakho came off the bench and scored on an 81st-minute header to send West Ham to a 1-0 victory at Bristol City, which is in the third tier of English soccer.

Villa won 2-1 at home against second-tier leader Bournemouth. Carles Gil, with his first goal since his move from Valencia, and Andreas Weimann scored for the Premier League club.

Chelsea and Manchester City were among five teams in the Premier League's top nine to be eliminated Saturday in one of the most startling days in the storied competition's history.

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