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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Liverpudlians Blank Arsenal, Palace Wins

LONDON -- Ian Rush netted his 47th League Cup goal to power Liverpool into the semifinal in a 1-0 victory over defense-minded Arsenal.


The lanky striker drove home the only goal of Wednesday's one-sided game in the 59th minute. He now stands only two goals short of the competition record owned by former West Ham and England striker Geoff Hurst.


Liverpool joins Crystal Palace and two Division One clubs, Bolton and Swindon, in the last four. Bolton produced the upset result, edging Premier League Norwich 1-0, Palace crushed Manchester City 4-0 and Swindon overpowered another Division One club, Millwall, 3-1.


Arsenal, the European Cup Winners Cup holder which had lost only two of its previous 43 games in cup competitions, seemed content to defend at Anfield and stationed midfielders John Jensen and David Hillier in front of its back four.


Rush missed an early chance, heading straight at Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman from close range, and defender John Scales also missed the target from inside the six-yard area.


The goal came from a well-worked free kick, Neil Ruddock sliding a pass through to Rush and the striker firing first time past Seaman with his left foot.


David Lee was Bolton's scoring hero against Norwich, netting in the 66th minute from 18 yards.


Palace scored three goals in the last 10 minutes against Manchester City. Paul Pitcher gave the Eagles the lead after 60 minutes and John Salako, Chris Armstrong and David Preece scoring the late goals at Selhurst Park.


Andy Mutch scored twice and Norwegian striker Jan Aage Fjortoft collected his 22nd of the season as Swindon downed Millwall. Australian striker Dave Mitchell replied for the visitors but by that time the Robins were already three ahead.


In Scotland, Dutch striker Pierre van Hooydonk scored on his debut for Celtic only a day after signing for the club. But Hearts hit back to grab a Premier division point in a 1-1 tie.


Italian First Division


Dejan Savicevic scored the game winner with one minute left to give defending champion AC Milan a 2-1 victory against low-ranked Reggiana in a makeup match of the Italian first division Wednesday night.


The late goal by the Montenegrin forward, nicknamed the "Genius," gave AC Milan its first home victory in 100 days and 22 points in the overall standings.


Milan, with a record of 5 wins, 7 draws and 3 losses, is now seventh in a tie with Bari, 11 points behind undisputed leader Juventus of Turin.


Reggiana remained in next-to-last place in the 18-team standings, with 9 points and a record of 2-3-10.


Despite victory, which came three days after a 1-1 home draw against Napoli, Milan showed its usual offensive problems and some defensive lapses. But captain-sweeper Franco Baresi, who celebrated his 400th game in the Italian first division, gave an outstanding performance. Forward Marco Simone, fed by Savicevic, gave Milan an early lead after 90 seconds of play, with a powerful drive from the penalty-area edge.


It was Simone's sixth goal this season.


After spoiling some clear chances to make it two, with Savicevic and French midfielder Marcel Desailly, Milan allowed the equalizer in the 68th minute.


Newly signed Russian forward Igor Simutenkov, although surrounded by three Milan defenders, was able to kick the ball in from eight meters. His precise shot passed through the legs of goalie Sebastiano Rossi.


As Milan appeared heading toward another lackluster draw, Savicevic produced the decisive goal in the 89th, kicking in from a few meters a ball lost by Reggiana's goalie Francesco Antonioli on a powerful free kick by Simone.