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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Newcastle, Man United Crash, Spurs Thrashed

LONDON -- Manchester United, league leader Newcastle and second-placed Arsenal all lost in the English League Cup while Tottenham was thrashed 6-1 at first division Bolton.

To complete the fourth-round shocks, second division Stockport grabbed a 1-1 draw at West Ham.

Newcastle lost 3-1 in a local derby at Middlesbrough, while Arsenal was beaten 4-2 at Anfield by Liverpool. Manchester United went under 2-0 at Leicester to record its fifth defeat in its last seven games.

Middlesbrough's reward for beating Newcastle is a quarterfinal home draw against Liverpool. Bolton will entertain Wimbledon, Leicester visits first-division Ipswich and West Ham or Stockport is at home to Southampton or Oxford.

Manchester United's unhappy run continued when a side containing only two first team regulars was denied a place in the last eight by a Leicester team inspired by young Emile Heskey.

Heskey, who was not even born when Leicester last reached this stage of the competition more than 20 years ago, set up the first goal for Steve Claridge and then clinched victory by scoring the second himself.

Although missing seven members of his first team through injury, United manager Alex Ferguson, his mind seemingly on other competitions, still opted to leave out the fit quintet of Eric Cantona, Peter Schmeichel, Nicky Butt, David Beckham and Ronnts Johnsen.

Italy's Fabrizio Ravanelli delivered the knockout punch as Middlesbrough sent Newcastle packing.

Alan Shearer equalled his personal scoring record of six goals in successive matches when he headed Newcastle level on the stroke of halftime.

But Mikkel Beck restored Middlesbrough's lead in the 61st minute, and Ravanelli wrapped up victory a minute from time to avenge a recent league loss.

'Boro skipper Derek Whyte had given his side a 27th-minute lead, stabbing home his first goal of the season from six meters when Newcastle failed to clear a corner.

At Anfield, Robbie Fowler scored twice with Arsenal playing out the last 34 minutes with 10 men after Steve Bould was sent off.

But Fowler's 12th goal of the season, which gave Liverpool the lead, came in controversial circumstances.

Fowler rattled the ball home from the penalty spot six minutes before half-time after referee Alan Wilkie had ruled that Lee Dixon had handled.The Arsenal players protested furiously after the incident, but Fowler remained cool to put Liverpool in the driving seat.

Steve McManaman had levelled for the home side in the 25th minute after Ian Wright's opener for Arsenal.

Liverpool extended its advantage with the third goal coming just seven minutes after the break, and again it was Fowler who found the target after a magnificent move.

Wright made it 3-2 from the penalty spot in the 68th minute, but Patrik Berger settled matters with a fine 25 meter strike 18 minutes from time.

Brilliant Bolton brushed aside Tottenham with a six-goal swagger. Scot John McGinlay led the way with a hat-trick to take his tally for the season to 17 for the first-division leader, with Gerry Taggart, Nathan Blake and substitute Scott Taylor also on the mark to make Toddy Sheringham's first-half reply nothing more than a paltry consolation.

West Ham had taken the lead in the first half with Floria Raducioiu's first goal in English soccer, but Portuguese substitute Cavaco slotted home from the edge of the box six minutes into the second half for under-rated Stockport.


Northern Ireland has asked FIFA to tell them by Tuesday if next month's World Cup qualifier against Albania will go ahead as planned.

The match, due to be played in Belfast on Dec. 14, is in doubt after FIFA, world soccer's governing body, announced Wednesday it was suspending Albania in response to a government purge of the national soccer association.