Chelsea beat Liverpool to reach FA Cup quarter-finals


Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso in action with Liverpool’s James Milner

LONDON, March 4: Chelsea completed a torrid few days for Liverpool as goals by Willian and Ross Barkley sealed a 2-0 victory to send them through to the FA Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Liverpool’s 44-match unbeaten streak in the Premier League ended in stunning fashion with a 3-0 defeat at Watford on Saturday and they were rocked again at Stamford Bridge.
Keeper Adrian allowed Willian’s powerful shot to creep past him in the 13th minute and former Everton midfielder Barkley drove home Chelsea’s second goal just past the hour mark.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp made seven changes to the side that lost to Watford but he still fielded an experienced line-up, having played a virtual under-21 side in the previous round against Shrewsbury Town.
Sadio Mane wasted several early chances and Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, back for the first time since being dropped in January, made a remarkable triple save before halftime.
But Chelsea, with 18-year-old Billy Gilmour impressive in midfield, were merited winners as they moved through.
For Liverpool, a season of utter dominance has suddenly hit a slump with three defeats in four games in all competitions having also lost to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League, last-16 tie.
Newcastle edge past dogged West Brom to reach FA Cup quarters
Miguel Almiron struck twice as Newcastle United reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2006 with a 3-2 win at second tier West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday.
Sheffield United joined the Magpies in the last eight but needed extra time to see off Reading 2-1.
Newcastle’s Joelinton headed wide early on for the Magpies, who were supported by a big away following at the Hawthorns, with the Brazilian forward then denied by goalkeeper Jonathan Bond.
Allan Saint-Maximin hit the post before going on a fine individual run to tee up Almiron for the Premier League side’s opener after 33 minutes.
The Paraguay international grabbed his second on the stroke of halftime before combining again with Saint-Maximin for the third, setting up Valentino Lazaro for his first goal since he arrived on loan from Inter Milan in January.
Kyle Edwards hit the crossbar before Matt Phillips pulled one back for the hosts, and Kenneth Zohore added a second in the final moments as Championship leaders West Brom fought in vain.
“When I walked through the door I said a cup run cannot do any harm,” said Newcastle boss Steve Bruce.
“As I have said many times (Almiron) has been a breath of fresh air. That little bit of confidence will hopefully do him the world of good.”
Sheffield United’s David McGoldrick scored his first goal of the season when he headed home from Ben Osborn’s cross to put the Blades ahead after two minutes.
Reading equalised from the penalty spot after George Baldock shoved Andy Rinomhota, with George Puscas dispatching the spot kick two minutes before the break.
Mark Bowen’s team were the better side in the second half but Billy Sharp headed home in the 105th minute after a fine run and cross from Luke Freeman. (Agencies)