Chelsea staged a second-half fightback at Manchester United to earn a 2-2 draw in the FA Cup quarter-finals yesterday and force a replay.
Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney put United ahead 2-0 after just eleven minutes, but substitute Eden Hazard began Chelsea's comeback in the 59th and Ramires equalised seven minutes later.
The winners of the replay will play Manchester City at Wembley Stadium next month. The other semi-final will see Wigan play Blackburn or Millwall, who drew 0-0 yesterday and will also have to play again.
In the Premier League, third-place Tottenham missed the chance to extend their two-point lead over Chelsea after losing 3-2 at Liverpool.
Newcastle moved nine points clear of the drop zone after beating Stoke 2-1.
United are running away with the Premier League title, holding a 12-point lead over neighbours City. But they are coming off a disappointing loss in the Champions League to Real Madrid last Tuesday and were looking for a quick recovery to stay on course for a cup double.
And Alex Ferguson's side looked set to give a perfect response when it went ahead after just five minutes against Chelsea, with Hernandez heading past stranded goalkeeper Petr Cech after Michael Carrick pinged the ball over defender Gary Cahill.
Rooney was on target six minutes later, floating a free kick over Chelsea defender David Luiz and United's Jonny Evans, leaving Cech little time to react.
CHELSEA MANAGER BLAMED
Rooney's goal came at the end of a week when he was assured of his United future after being dropped from the starting line-up for the Madrid game.
Another free kick from Rooney in stoppage time at the end of the half ended up on the roof of the net.
With Chelsea's cup hopes appearing over, the visiting fans again turned on interim manager Rafa Benitez and vented over a double substitution early in the second half.
As Frank Lampard and Victor Moses came off, John Obi Mikel and Hazard came on - and the replacements made the desired impact.
Chelsea pulled one back when Hazard curled a shot from the edge of the penalty past goalkeeper David De Gea.
Fernando Torres then replaced Demba Ba, and the substitute striker sent the ball through to Oscar, who fed Ramires for the equaliser.
Chelsea showed no fatigue from the trip to Romania where Benitez's team lost 1-0 at Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League last-16 on Thursday as they pushed for the winner.
Only De Gea's fine save denied Juan Mata late on.
"He saved very well, with a foot I think, and Oscar had so many chances," Mata said. "It's a day to be proud of the team. (United) scored two in the opening minutes but we tried very hard and came back.
"We have a replay at home, we are strong at Stamford Bridge with our supporters, and we will try to get through."
LIVERPOOL PROSPECTS BLEAK
Chelsea's fight for a finish in the top four of the Premier League was also helped by Liverpool, who ended Tottenham's 12-match unbeaten league run at Anfield.
Luis Suarez put Liverpool ahead in the 21st with his 50th goal for the club, but Jan Vertonghen headed Tottenham level on the stroke of half-time by meeting a cross from Gareth Bale.
The Wales midfielder set up Vertonghen again after the break as Tottenham went in front, but a defensive mix-up allowed Liverpool to equalise in the 66th as Stewart Downing grabbed a rare goal.
Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto then fouled Luis Suarez in the area, and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard buried the winner from the penalty spot to clinch a third successive win that took his team sixth.
"A couple of mistakes cost us but we can't be too negative about what we have done so far," Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said. "Hopefully this is a good reminder for us."
SATURDAY, MARCH 9 - BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
NORWICH CITY 0
Artur Boruc saved a controversial injury-time penalty from Grant Holt as Southampton secured a point at Norwich. With the match heading for a low-key draw, referee Mark Clattenburg awarded the hosts a spot kick when Luke Shaw tripped Holt as he ran out of the box. Southampton were furious but Boruc dived to his right to save the penalty.
QUEENS PARK RANGERS 3 SUNDERLAND 1
GOALS:- QPR: REMY 30; TOWNSEND 70, JENAS 90. SUNDERLAND: FLETCHER 20.
A stirring QPR performance helped their Premier League survival hopes, while heightening a beaten Sunderland's own relegation fears. The Black Cats took the lead when striker Steven Fletcher turned in a low Adam Johnson cross. But Loic Remy pounced on a fortunate deflection to deservedly equalise by angling in a shot past Simon Mignolet. Andros Townsend scored with a 22-yard strike and Jermaine Jenas added a third late on to seal the three points.
READING 1 ASTON VILLA 2
GOALS:- READING: BAKER OG 32. VILLA: BENTEKE 33; AGBONLAHOR 45.
Aston Villa breathed new life into their Premier League survival bid, coming from behind at Reading to snatch only their second league win of 2013. Gabriel Agbonlahor's thunderous volley on half-time lifts Paul Lambert's side three points clear of the bottom three, with nine league games remaining. Reading had snatched the lead after 31 minutes when Villa defender Nathan Baker sliced beyond his own goalkeeper. Christian Benteke hit back immediately, before Agbonlahor won it for Villa.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2 SWANSEA CITY 1
GOALS:- WBA: LUKAKU 40; DE GUZMAN OG 61. SWANSEA: MOORE 33.
Romelu Lukaku continued his good form as West Brom beat Swansea to move up to seventh in the Premier League. Luke Moore gave visitors Swansea an early lead with a well-taken header before Lukaku scored at the near post. The Belgian then missed a penalty, yet the Baggies moved in front when Jonathan de Guzman scored an own goal.
WIGAN ATHLETIC 3
GOALS:- WIGAN: FIGUEROA 30; McMANAMAN 31; GOMEZ 33
Wigan produced a superb performance to reach the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time and leave Everton and manager David Moyes shell-shocked at Goodison Park. Everton had been pre-match favourites to reach the last four for the second successive season - but Wigan will go to Wembley after a devastating burst of three goals in less than four first-half minutes. Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez scored in quick succession to set up a victory Roberto Martinez's unpredictable Wigan side thoroughly deserved.
MANCHESTER CITY 5
GOALS:- CITY: TEVEZ 11, 31, 50; KOLAROV 27; SILVA 65.
Carlos Tevez hit a superb hat-trick as Manchester City outclassed Barnsley to march into the FA Cup semi-finals. City took the lead after
11 minutes through Tevez before Aleksandar Kolarov added a second. Tevez added two more before David Silva completed a rout and set up a potential semi-final against Manchester United.
SUNDAY, MARCH 10
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2
GOALS:- LIVERPOOL: SUAREZ 21; DOWNING 66; GERRARD PEN 82. SPURS: VERTONGHEN 45, 53.
A late penalty winner kept Liverpool's faint hopes of gatecrashing the top four alive as they beat Tottenham. The Reds went ahead when Luis Suarez stabbed in after a slick move. Spurs hit back through a Jan Vertonghen header and the Belgian then fired the visitors in front with a 15-yard shot. But a poor Kyle Walker backpass allowed Stewart Downing to drive in a Reds leveller before Steven Gerrard netted the winner with a spot kick after Benoit Assou-Ekotto fouled Suarez.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 2
STOKE CITY 1
GOALS:- NEWCASTLE: CABAYE 72; CISSE 90. STOKE: WALTERS PEN 67.
Papiss Cisse scored a stoppage-time winner as Newcastle came from behind for the third straight home Premier League game to deservedly beat Stoke. After a lacklustre first half and against the run of play, Chieck Tiote clattered Jonathan Walters in the box and he converted the spot kick. But some poor Stoke defending allowed Newcastle to hit straight back through Yohan Cabaye's well-placed free kick. Cisse then secured the points with a close-range finish at the death.
MANCHESTER UNITED 2 CHELSEA 0
GOALS:- UNITED: HERNANDEZ 5; ROONEY 11. CHELSEA: HAZARD 59; RAMIREZ 68.
Chelsea earned an FA Cup quarter-final replay with an outstanding second-half comeback against Manchester United at Old Trafford. United were two goals ahead within 11 minutes, with goals from Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney but Chelsea responded with Eden Hazard giving the visitors a chance and Ramires stealing a 68th minute equaliser.
BLACKBURN ROVERS 0
Millwall and Blackburn will face an FA Cup quarter-final replay on
Wednesday after sharing a combative draw. Andy Keogh's header hit the post in a poor first half while Blackburn did not create a chance until Jordan Rhodes fired over after the break. Millwall continued to probe with Rovers keeper Jake Kean tipping over Danny Shittu's long-range effort before Rob Hulse missed from six yards out.