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Arsenal, Everton, Sheffield United light up FA Cup

Reuters, LONDON

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, left, is chased by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in their FA Cup fifth-round match in London on Sunday.

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Arsenal exacted revenge against Liverpool on Sunday, while Everton kept a dream alive for their coach and Sheffield United caused a dramatic old-fashioned upset as they all reached the FA Cup quarter-finals.

The Londoners, who lost 5-1 at Anfield in the Premier League on Feb. 8, beat Liverpool 2-1 with a 16th-minute goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and a 47th-minute strike from Lukas Podolski.

Liverpool Captain Steven Gerrard halved the arrears with a penalty on the hour.

Everton were by far the better team in another all-Premier League clash, routing Swansea City 3-1 with goals from Lacinda Traore, Steven Naismith and a Leighton Baines penalty.

Swansea replied through Jonathan de Guzman.

Everton’s win keeps Roberto Martinez on course to become the first manager to lift the famous FA Cup trophy with different clubs in successive seasons after he led Wigan Athletic to victory in last season’s final against Manchester City.

Once-powerful Sheffield United — league champions in 1898 and FA Cup winners in 1899, 1902, 1915 and 1925, but now battling to avoid relegation to League Two — came from behind to beat Championship promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest 3-1 with two goals in the last two minutes.

Forest, who reached the FA Cup final in 1991 when they were managed by Brian Clough, the father of Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough, came to Bramall Lane protecting a 16-match unbeaten run and took the lead with a Jamie Paterson header after 28 minutes.

Yet Sheffield, who have knocked out Premier League sides Aston Villa and Fulham this season, evoked the ghosts of their past to record an unlikely win.

On-loan Liverpool forward Connor Coady equalized after a goalkeeping error in the 68th minute before substitute Chris Porter struck twice — including once from the penalty spot — in the dying minutes.

Sunday’s FA Cup draw gave United the chance of meeting neighbors Sheffield Wednesday in a Steel City derby in the quarter-finals, provided that the latter win their postponed tie against Charlton Athletic.

Wigan, who beat Cardiff City 2-1 on Saturday, will face Manchester City in a rematch of last season’s final, while Arsenal host Everton at the Emirates Stadium.

The other last-eight tie will be between Sunderland, who beat Southampton 1-0 on Saturday, and Brighton and Hove Albion or Hull City, who met yesterday.

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