It was delight for Birmingham City after they booked their place in today's FA Cup quarter-final draw but despair for Aston Villa after they were pegged back by a last-minute equaliser by Manchester City.
In a nail-biting encounter at Villa Park last night, David O'Leary's team took a second-half lead courtesy of Milan Baros but were denied victory when City's Micah Richards powered home a headed equaliser four minutes into added time.
Earlier yesterday, Blues overcame Stoke City 1-0 in an afternoon kick-off at the Britannia Stadium, with striker Mikael Forssell getting the goal that fired the Barclays Premiership strugglers into the quarter-finals for the first time in 22 years.
But while the game passed by without major disturbance, there were violent scenes out-side the stadium afterwards as police came under sustained attack from hundreds of football hooligans as rival fans attempted to confront each other.
Staffordshire Police said several arrests were made during the clashes which erupted at the south-east corner of the Stoke ground when approximately 200 visiting fans ripped down a length of fencing separating them from home supporters.
Police officers, including mounted and dog support officers, were attacked by both sets of fans and officers were forced to close the nearby A50 trunk road as they dispersed those involved.
Superintendent Andy Franks, the police commander at the match, said: "Our officers prevented serious disorder between the rival groups of hooligans and a number of arrests have been made in and around the stadium.
"Those arrested will be questioned by detectives this evening and further arrests are likely."
Supt Franks said a large police presence had been deployed at the match due to intelligence and information gathered before the fixture.
Police now plan to study CCTV footage to identify fans who took part in the disturbances.
Anyone with information about those responsible for the violence should contact the Staffordshire Police Football Liaison Unit on 01785 234883.
On Saturday police were attacked by a crowd of 150 people outside Manchester United's FA Cup tie against Liverpool.
Bricks and concrete slabs were thrown at officers after the match as they led a group of 1,000 Manchester United fans out of Anfield. No officers were injured in the attack at Walton Lane and riot police broke up the crowd.