Arsenal advances to FA Cup quarterfinals

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 16, 2014 at 5:22 pm •  Published: February 16, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a goal and set up another Sunday, leading Arsenal over Liverpool 2-1 and into the FA Cup quarterfinals.

Following their 5-1 loss at Anfield in the Premier League on Feb. 8, the Gunners put on a more consistent display at home.

After the match, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger responded to comments Friday by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who called him a "specialist in failure."

"I do not want to go into that silly, disrespectful remark. I never spoke about him in my press conference and I will not start," Wenger told BT Sport. "The only thing I know is it's more embarrassing for Chelsea than for me."

Arsenal went ahead in the 16th minute after Liverpool failed to clear a free kick. Stephen Gerrard blocked a shot by Yaya Sanogo, who was making his first start for Arsenal, and Oxlade-Chamberlain slotted home from close range past goalkeeper Brad Jones. Lukas Podolski scored with a clean finish from Oxlade-Chamberlain's back pass in the 47th.

Gerrard converted a penalty kick in the 59th minute.

In quarterfinals on the weekend of March 8-9, Arsenal hosts Everton, which beat Swansea 3-1 on goals by Lacina Traore and Steven Naismith, and a penalty kick by Leighton Baines. Manchester City hosts defending champion Wigan in a rematch of last year's final, Brighton hosts Hull or Sunderland, and Sheffield United hosts Sheffield Wednesday or Charlton.

Chris Porter scored twice in stoppage time as Sheffield United advanced by beating Nottingham Forest 3-1.

American midfielder Danny Williams scored the first goal of the match in the 10th minute of Reading's 3-1 win at Queens Park Rangers in the second-tier League Championship. It was the second goal of the season for Williams.

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ROME (AP) — Juventus won 3-1 over relegation-threatened Chievo Verona in Serie A, improving to 12-0 at home in the league this season. Juventus maintained a nine-point lead over second-place Roma, which won 3-0 at home against Sampdoria.