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LONDON --- Just as it did last week-
end at Anfield, Liverpool got off to a
flying start against Arsenal. But this
time, the Gunners weathered the
Arsene Wenger's team was on the
ropes in the early stages of a lively FA
Cup tie, until Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
scored a goal against the run of the play.
His strike shifted the momentum in
the hosts' favour and he set up another
for Lukas Podolski as Arsenal won 2-
1 to advance to the quarterfinals yes-
Following their 5-1 thrashing at
Anfield in the Premier League, when
they conceded four goals in the opening
20 minutes, the Gunners got their
revenge after surviving another sustained
period of Liverpool pressure in the sec-
They will next face Everton at home
after the Toffees booked their place with
a 3-1 defeat of Swansea, while Man-
chester City will face Cup holder Wigan
in a rematch of last year's final.
"The intensity of the performance
pleased me, I am very proud of the way
we responded to the huge defeat that
we had last week," said Arsenal manager
Arsene Wenger, chasing his first piece
of silverware since the 2005 FA Cup.
Liverpool again looked the stronger
team in the early stages. A superb
through ball from Steven Gerrard found
Daniel Sturridge, but the England strik-
er's low shot was parried away by keeper
Luis Suarez's flicked pass then
picked out Sturridge's run behind
Per Mertesacker, but Fabianski forced
him to shoot wide.
"I thought the best team lost. I
thought the very least we deserved was
a replay," Liverpool manager Brendan
Rodgers said. "We probably should have
been 2-0 up inside those first six or
seven minutes. Going forward we were
outstanding. I'm disappointed with the
goals, the first one in particular was
just a long ball into the box."
Though Arsenal struggled to keep
the ball, Oxlade-Chamberlain put the
home side ahead after Liverpool failed
to clear a free kick. Yaya Sanogo, making
his first start for Arsenal, saw his shot
blocked by Gerrard but the ball rebound-
ed for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who con-
fidently slotted home from close range
past Brad Jones in the 16th minute.
Arsenal was sharper on the ball after
the goal but Liverpool remained dan-
gerous on the break, with Suarez com-
bining well with Sturridge on a swift
Raheem Sterling then showed his
speed and technique down the left flank,
rounding Carl Jenkinson before his tired
effort from a narrow angle was diverted
away for a corner.
Suarez had two more opportunities
to put his team level before halftime
but Fabianski, having a superb game,
dived well to deny his low shot before
the Uruguay striker missed the target
with a chip from the edge of the box.
Suarez went close immediately after
the interval when he almost beat Fabi-
anski with a low shot that forced the
keeper into a fine reflex save.
Arsenal doubled its lead on the next
move, a slick-passing counterattack
concluded by Podolski, who scored with
a clean finish from Oxlade-Chamber-
lain's cutback in the 47th.
Arsenal then had a good spell of pos-
session but, after Suarez unleashed a
powerful volley over the bar and Mesut
Ozil threatened Jones with a low shot,
the Uruguay striker won a penalty when
Podolski clumsily clipped his ankle in
Gerrard coolly converted from the
spot to pull one back, sending Fabianski
the wrong way in the 59th minute.
Suarez was jeered by Arsenal sup-
porters when he went down after a
hefty collision with Oxlade-Chamberlain
in the box with 26 minutes to go. Referee
Howard Webb ignored the visitors'
appeals for another penalty.
Substitute Santi Cazorla should have
restored Arsenal's two-goal lead in the
73rd when he thumped a volley far over
the bar while unmarked from the edge
of the box. Daniel Agger had Liverpool's
best chance to make it 2-2 in the 87th
minute, but his header following a free
kick from Gerrard just drifted over the
top.At Goodison Park, substitute Steven
Naismith scored a goal and won a penal-
ty. With the score level at 1-1, Everton
manager Roberto Martinez opted for
experience when he made a double sub-
stitution on the stroke of the hour, with
Naismith and Leon Osman replacing
Lacina Traore and Ross Barkley.
The move paid off as Naismith took
full advantage of Neil Taylor's back pass
to slide the ball into the bottom corner
in the 65th minute. Everton was then
awarded a penalty after Jazz Richards
fouled Naismith, with Leighton Baines
Traore had put Everton ahead, back-
heeling into the net from close range
in the fourth minute before Jonathan
de Guzman equalised.
Chris Porter scored twice in stoppage
time as Sheffield United also advanced
by beating Nottingham Forest 3-1. There
will be a non-Premier League side in
the semifinals as third-tier United will
either take on second-division sides
Sheffield Wednesday or Charlton Ath-
letic in the last eight.
BERLIN --- Nuremberg eked out a 1-0 win at Augs-
burg to climb out of the Bundesliga s relegation
zone yesterday, and Wolfsburg won 2-1 at Hertha
Berlin to go fifth.
Swiss striker Josip Drmic's headed goal in the 64th
minute was enough for Nuremberg to end Augsburg's
eight-game run without a defeat.
"Nuremberg made life very difficult for us and
played very effectively," said Augsburg coach Markus
Weinzierl, whose team slipped to ninth. "A point
would have been fair, however."
Nuremberg had more ball possession in the first
half though Augsburg looked more likely to score.
The visitors took the lead when Adam Hlousek
crossed for Drmic to claim his 11th goal of the sea-
Augsburg pressed for an equaliser but was foiled
by wayward shooting, breakdowns in combination
play and stubborn defending. Nuremberg goalkeeper
Raphael Schaefer produced a flying save to deny Erik
Thommy from a free kick in the 89th.
Nuremberg climbed to 14th in the 18-team league
with its third win from four games since the winter
break, to the relief of coach Gertjan Verbeek.
"We mustn't forget to play football," the Dutchman
said. "We fought like never before and that's why we
got the three points. If we continue like this I believe
we'll avoid relegation. We only depend on ourselves."
Daniel Caligiuri's 78th-minute strike propelled
Wolfsburg above Borussia Moenchengladbach in the
"It was a perfect week for us," Wolfsburg coach
Dieter Hecking said.
Bayern Munich extended its lead to 16 points on
Saturday with a comfortable 3-0 win over Freiburg.
Second-place Bayer Leverkusen slipped to a 2-1 defeat
at home to Schalke.
Arsenal advances to FA Cup quarterfinals
Liverpool's Luis Suarez, right, is tackled by Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-
Chamberlain during their English FA Cup fifth round soccer match at
Emirates Stadium in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
enjoy wins in Bundesliga
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