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Ryan Reynolds’s Wrexham could draw Premier League giants like Manchester United in FA Cup | UK News

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have already brought a touch of Hollywood to Wrexham – now the club could be at the heart of a true FA Cup blockbuster.

The Welsh football side could face Manchester United or Manchester City – two of England’s biggest clubs – in Monday night’s FA Cup fifth-round draw.

It comes after the National League outfit came just minutes from pulling off a famous David-and-Goliath-style giant-killing against Sheffield United – a team three leagues above them in England’s football pyramid – on Sunday night.

A late equaliser meant Wrexham were forced to settle for a 3-3 draw – and a tough away replay – against their Championship opponents.

Club co-owner Reynolds, star of Marvel hit Deadpool, watched on from the stands as the emotional rollercoaster of a match played out below, later describing it as “one of the most exciting things I’ve ever seen”.

Tweeting after the match, he said: “When Rob and I got into this it all felt so impossible. But impossible is Wrexham’s favourite colour.

“That was one of the most exciting things I’ve EVER seen. Thank you each and every Wrexham supporter who came out and aimed your heart at that pitch tonight.”

Speaking to the media before the match, Reynolds also reiterated his desire to push the club into the Premier League.

While Wrexham fans will no doubt share the actor’s lofty ambitions, the club still has a long way to go, sitting four leagues below English football’s promised land.

But they could get a taste of Premier League life if they can win their FA Cup replay away at Sheffield United on 7 February – and draw one of the remaining big teams in the competition.

Wrexham, the only remaining National League side, could also face Premier League sides Tottenham, West Ham, Leicester City or Brighton.

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However, it will be a tie with 12-time winners Manchester United or current Premier League champions Manchester City that will really fit the Hollywood script for Wrexham.

It could prove a lucrative tie for the National League side, too. A draw against a Premier League side could earn Wrexham more than £200,000 in TV broadcasting income.

In 2017, Sutton United, then in the National League, earned £710,000 from an FA Cup run where they were eventually knocked out by Arsenal in the fifth round.

Wrexham still have to overcome Sheffield United in next month’s replay – but will be hopeful though of pulling off an upset.

Wrexham's Paul Mullin celebrates scoring their side's third goal of the game during the Emirates FA Cup fourth round match at The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham. Picture date: Sunday January 29, 2023.
Wrexham’s Paul Mullin has scored in the first four rounds of the FA Cup proper this season

On Sunday, the club became the first non-League team since the creation of the Football League in 1888 to score three goals in the first, second, third and fourth rounds of the competition.

They beat Oldham 3-0 in the first round, followed by a 4-1 win against Farnborough in the second, before beating Coventry City 4-3 in a dramatic third-round tie.

And they will be buoyed by the sensational form of striker Paul Mullin, whose goal on Sunday meant he became the first player since 1984-85 from a non-League club to net consecutive goals in the first, second, third and fourth rounds of the FA Cup.

With a superhero-playing owner, a lethal striker and the prospect of a near-undefeatable foe, Wrexham could be about to pen a story worthy of a true Hollywood epic.

Late Gareth Bale penalty secures draw for Wales in first World Cup finals game in 64 years | UK News

Wales came from behind to draw 1-1 with the USA in their first World Cup finals since 1958.

The USA completely dominated the first half and took the lead in 36 minutes when Timothy Weah, son of footballing icon George Weah, scored from Christian Pulisic’s through-ball.

After Wales had been overwhelmed in the first half, manager Rob Page brought on Kieffer Moore for Dan James at the break.

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Time was fast running out when Bale equalised eight minutes from the end, converting his 41st Wales goal from the penalty spot after Tim Ream went right through the back of him.

It was Wales’ first goal at a World Cup since Terry Medwin scored against Hungary in 1958 and keep them very much in the race for a last-16 place.

Wales' Gareth Bale scores his side's first goal past goalkeeper Matt Turner of the United States during the World Cup, group B soccer match between the United States and Wales, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Wales’ Gareth Bale scores his side’s first goal past goalkeeper Matt Turner of the US

Following the match, Page said: “To go a goal behind against a very good team, we showed character and determination to get a point out of the game. It’s important in a tournament that you don’t lose the opening game.

“This game suited Kieffer (Moore), to get us up the pitch. It was purely a tactical decision.

“The medical team have got a bit of work to do. They’ve got a big job to get us ready for Friday.”

Page added that penalty-scorer Bale has “never let us down”.

“Once again it’s about Bale-o and rightly so. To see the red wall there and all the supporters enjoying it, it’s incredible.”

Antonee Robinson of the United States flies over Wales' Ethan Ampadu during the match
US player Antonee Robinson flies over Wales’ Ethan Ampadu in the first half

Hundreds gathered at the Al Bidda Park in Doha to watch the match, while fans back home flocked to venues across Wales after the 64-year wait.

The result leaves both sides trailing England in Group B, after they earned all three points against Iran on Monday afternoon.

Speaking ahead of the game, Bale said the squad were feeling the “buzz from back home”.

Earlier, England secured a comfortable 6-2 win against Iran to get their World Cup campaign up and running in Qatar, amid “carnage” off the pitch for some fans trying to enter the stadium.

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Wales fans react to Bale’s penalty

Hundreds of fans trying to get into the Khalifa International Stadium were faced with delays after they found their ticket app only started working minutes before they reached the front of the queue.

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Fans said their tickets suddenly disappeared off the app, leaving them unable to get into the game.

Wales next face Iran on Friday morning, while the USA take on Group B leaders England in the evening on the same day.

UK ticket-holder stakes claim for biggest ever £195m jackpot in EuroMillions draw | UK News

A UK ticket-holder has staked a claim for the biggest ever £195m jackpot after Tuesday’s EuroMillions draw, Camelot said.

The £195,707,000 jackpot reached its cap after no one scooped the top prize in Friday night’s draw.

The claim will undergo a series of checks to ensure its validity before the windfall is paid.

Camelot said no information will be released on whether the claimant is an individual or a syndicate winner, or where the ticket was purchased unless the ticket-holder decides to go public.

Andy Carter, Camelot’s senior winners’ adviser at the National Lottery, said: “This is absolutely incredible news.”

The winning numbers were 06, 23, 37, 40, 41 and the Lucky Stars were 02 and 12.

Only 15 people in the UK have ever won more than £100m, putting the latest winners in elite company.

What can you buy for £195.7m?

Unsurprisingly, £195.7m goes a long way.

Despite a sharp rise in property prices this year, the winnings will still net a respectable 696 houses, based on the latest average.

Or how about a private jet?

This one lucky winner will be able to take three friends flying in style – all in separate aircraft with four Gulfstream G550 planes.

The massive sum would also buy 23 Pisces-VI Submarines, Southampton Football Club or a townhouse in London’s Mayfair, complete with a steam room and plunge pool, cinema room and fully-equipped chef’s kitchen.

It also means they would be richer than Adele (worth £150m).

Tuesday’s lucky ticketholder will also surpass previous record-winners Joe and Jess Thwaite, a couple from Gloucester, who revealed their identities after winning £184m on the EuroMillions back in May.