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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Liverpool, Chelsea Advance in Cup

LONDON -- Two outstanding goals from Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler's 31st of the season ensured Liverpool a place in the English FA Cup semifinals when it beat Leeds United 3-0 at Anfield in a quarterfinal replay.

Liverpool's prize is a meeting with Aston Villa on March 31, the same day Chelsea is to play United in the other semifinal.

Mc Manaman paved the way to victory on Wednesday with two brilliantly taken goals after 57 and 74 minutes, and Fowler, called up to the England squad earlier in the day, capped the triumph with a superbly-taken 25-meter free-kick that left Leeds goalkeeper John Lukic stranded eight minutes from the end.

Chelsea, which lost to Manchester United in the Cup final two years ago, clinched its place in the last four with a 3-1 quarterfinal replay win at Wimbledon with goals from Dan Petrescu, a header from Michael Duberry and a close-range effort from Mark Hughes.

Wimbledon's strike came from Jon Goodman, who cancelled out Petrescu's 20th minute opener.

In league play, Manchester United pulled level with Newcastle on 64 points after beating Arsenal 1-0 at Old Trafford with a glorious 66th-minute goal from Frenchman Eric Cantona, his 14th of the season and his fourth in the last four games.

United had all the play before 50,000 fans but made hard work of beating Arsenal.

Andy Cole missed two chances and Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane hit the post in the first half hour.

Cantona finally thundered a 25-meter shot over Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman and in off the bottom of the bar.

Newcastle, which has played two matches fewer than United, stay on top on goal difference.

Tottenham, whose hopes of clinching a UEFA Cup place dimmed after losing 3-2 at home to Blackburn on Saturday, rekindled its chances with a 3-2 win at bottom-of-the-table Bolton.

But Spurs made it difficult for themselves after taking a 3-0 lead inside the hour with goals from David Howells, Ruel Fox and Chris Armstrong.

They allowed Bolton to score twice in the closing stages through Alan Stubbs and Scott Sellars, which set up a frantic finale.

Sheffield Wednesday boosted its chances of avoiding the drop with a 1-0 win at Southampton thanks to a first-minute goal from Belgian international Marc Degryse.

(For other results, see Scorecard.)