Arsenal, Everton and Sheffield United light up FA Cup

Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:29pm EST
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By Mike Collett

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal exacted revenge against Liverpool on Sunday, Everton kept a dream alive for their manager 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 February 8, beat Liverpool 2-1 with a 16th-minute goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and a 47th-minute strike from Lukas Podolski.

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

Everton were by far the better team in another all-Premier League clash, seeing off Swansea City 3-1 with goals from debutant 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, came to Bramall Lane protecting a 16-match unbeaten run and took the lead with a Jamie Paterson header after 28 minutes.   Continued...

Arsenal's Nacho Monreal (R) is fouled by Liverpool's Jon Flanagan during their English FA Cup fifth round soccer match at the Emirates stadium in London February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Staples