Elmohamady’s Sunderland stay alive in FA Cup

AFP and Ahram Online, Sunday 29 Jan 2012

Ahmed Elmohamady remains on bench as Sunderland draw 1-1 with Middlesbrough in the FA Cup on Sunday

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Sunderland's Richardson challenges Middlesbrough's Haroun during their English FA Cup soccer match in Sunderland (Photo: Reuters)

Sunderland came from behind to draw 1-1 with north-east rivals Middlesbrough as the Premier League side forced a replay in their English FA Cup fourth round clash on Sunday.

Egyptian wing-back Ahmed Elmohamady, who has fallen down the pecking order at Sunderland since the arrival of coach Martin O’Neill, was kept on the bench throughout the match.

Middlesbrough, who play in the second-tier Championship, were on course for an upset win at Sunderland's Stadium of Light when Barry Robson gave them a 16th minute lead with a spectacular volley.

But the hosts levelled just shy of the hour mark when Fraizer Campbell struck a first time shot from a cross by James McClean after Robson's poor attempted back pass gifted Sunderland possession.

Sunday's other last 32 clash is an all-Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium.

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