Liverpool clip Crystal Palace 2-1 in FA Cup
Liverpool came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the FA Cup fifth round yesterday, keeping alive the chances of captain Steven Gerrard finishing his career at the club with a final trip to Wembley Stadium.
Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana scored early in the second half as Liverpool fought back from conceding a 15th-minute goal to Fraizer Campbell at Selhurst Park.
West Bromwich Albion thrashed 10-man West Ham 4-0 in another all-Premier League matchup in the last 16, while second-tier Blackburn capitalised on the sending-off of Stoke's American defender, Geoff Cameron, to rally to a surprise 4-1 win. Reading won 2-1 at Derby in a match between two second-tier sides.
Titleholders Arsenal are at home to Middlesbrough today and another of the competition's favourites, Manchester United, visit third-tier Preston tomorrow. Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester City were knocked out in the fourth round.
If Liverpool reach the final on May 30, it will be Gerrard's last game in the red jersey before he ends his career at Anfield and moves to the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer.
Campbell put Palace ahead when he followed up to score after strike partner Dwight Gayle had a header parried by Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
Sturridge, starting for the second straight game on his return from five months out injured, met Jordan Henderson's pass with a brilliant volley to equalise in the 49th. Lallana grabbed the winner from close range in the 58th after Mario Balotelli's powerful free kick was blocked.
Nigeria striker Brown Ideye maintained his resurgent form at West Brom by scoring in either half in the convincing win over West Ham.
Ideye almost left West Brom in January, six months into a difficult first season, but stayed at the Hawthorns and has now netted for three straight games under recently hired manager Tony Pulis.