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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Aston Villa Ties Arsenal, Gains Final

LONDON -- Aston Villa has advanced to the League Cup final at Wembley after a scoreless draw against Arsenal, going through on the away goals rule.

Playing in front of a boisterous home crowd at Villa Park in Birmingham Wednesday night, Aston Villa reached the final for a record-equalling seventh time by holding Arsenal scoreless for 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time.

Villa advanced on the strength of the two goals it scored -- both by Dwight Yorke -- in the 2-2 draw in the first leg of the semifinals last week at Arsenal.

Villa's opponent in the March 24 final will be determined Sunday in the other semifinal between Leeds and Birmingham City. Leeds won the first leg game 2-1.

The Villa victory was tarnished when Arsenal and Villa fans confronted each other on the field after the game ended. Police and stewards moved in quickly to restore order.

Arsenal played more cautiously than in the first game and paid the price.

Both teams had several scoring chances. Paul Merson and Nigel Winterburn came close for Arsenal, while Yorke always looked in danger of scoring his 10th goal in eight games for Villa. But goalkeepers David Seaman of Arsenal and Mark Bosnich of Villa came through with crucial saves.

England captain and midfielder David Platt, who had been sidelined for a month with a knee injury, came on as a substitute for Arsenal in extra time but couldn't inspire a goal. Instead, he received a yellow card for a foul on Yorke.

In Premier League action, West Ham beat leaders Newcastle 2-0 and Manchester United closed to within six points of first place with a 2-0 win over Everton.

Goals by Danny Williamson after seven minutes and Tony Cottee in the 82nd minute gave West Ham its fifth consecutive league victory.

It was only the fourth league defeat of the season for Newcastle, which gave Colombian star Faustino Asprilla his first start since his recent transfer from Parma.

Asprilla hit the post with one shot and had two possible penalty appeals turned down. But Asprilla and fellow striker Les Ferdinand failed to break down the formidable West Ham defense, anchored by Julian Dicks and Croatia's Slaven Bilic.

At Old Trafford, goals by Roy Keane in the 30th minute and Ryan Giggs in the 82nd gave Manchester United a convincing win over Everton, last year's FA Cup champions. French star Eric Cantona helped set up both goals.

The win brought United to within six points of Newcastle. The leaders, with a game in hand, have 60 points to 54 for United.