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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Arsenal Tops Newcastle, Makes Semis

LONDON -- Arsenal will play Aston Villa while Leeds will face either Birmingham or Norwich in the two-legged semifinals of the English League Cup following the draw made Thursday morning.

Arsenal beat Premier League leader Newcastle 2-0 in the quarterfinals Wednesday to reach the last four, while Aston Villa, which has won the cup four times -- a record shared with Liverpool -- beat first division Wolves 1-0.

Both Arsenal goals came from ex-England striker Ian Wright, and he could have had two more. He has now scored six times in the last six matches.

In other quarterfinal action, Leeds eventually subdued first division Reading at home after player-manager Jimmy Quinn had given Reading a surprise lead after 17 minutes.

South African striker Phil Masinga equalized after 35 minutes and Welsh midfielder Gary Speed grabbed the winner a minute before halftime.

In an all-first-division clash, striker Kevin Francis fired Birmingham into a 1-0 lead after 64 minutes at Norwich but Robert Fleck equalized five minutes later to force a replay.

Premier league Aston Villa beat Wolverhampton of the first division thanks to a Tommy Johnson 67th-minute goal.

Arsenal meanwhile, faces an FA inquiry following an angry touchline clash on Wednesday night.

The flare-up followed the second-half dismissal of Newcastle's French winger David Ginola, who was shown the red card for punching Arsenal defender Lee Dixon in an off-the-ball incident.

Police and stewards had to separate Arsenal manager Bruce Rioch and Newcastle's assistant boss, Terry McDermott.

Within 40 minutes of the final whistle, the FA announced it would be launching an inquiry into the incident.

Order was restored after a couple of minutes, but the incident stunned the 37,000 crowd.

An FA spokesman said: "Obviously we have to have a look at the referee's report, but this might be one of those occasions when we will need the report by first thing in the morning.

"Clearly we have a responsibility to look into events at Highbury tonight in the best interests of the game."

Manager Kevin Keegan was also involved in the melee.

On Sunday, in an FA Cup third round match at Chelsea, Les Ferdinand had equalized for United three minutes into injury time but competent Arsenal made sure there was no repeat. Pavel Srnicek should have saved Wright's first goal in the 44th minute. The striker's shot from the edge of the area appeared to go clean through his grasp before nestling in the far corner.

But Srnicek had no chance with the second a minute from time, Wright heading home superbly from a pinpoint Glen Helder cross.

In the first minute Wright, unmarked, had headed over from eight meters when it seemed easier to score, and late in the second half he struck a post with Srnicek well beaten.


Newcastle has made inquiries with Bayern Munich about signing French international striker Jean-Pierre Papin, the sports daily l'Equipe said Thursday.

The paper said Keegan had contacted the German club last week through an agent but had not yet made a concrete offer for the 1991 European Player of the Year.

(For other results, see Scorecard.)