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Apr 12, 2014

Arsenal ride luck in Cup semi to keep trophy hopes alive

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal rode their luck to beat holders Wigan Athletic 4-2 on penalties and reach the FA Cup final for the first time in nine years after their semi-final ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time at Wembley on Saturday.

They struggled for long periods against the Championship side who only wilted in the final minutes of normal time and lost their nerve when it came to the decisive shootout in which Lukasz Fabianski twice made great saves for the Gunners.

Apr 12, 2014

Soccer-Arsenal ride luck in Cup semi to keep trophy hopes alive

LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) – Arsenal rode their luck to beat holders Wigan Athletic 4-2 on penalties and reach the FA Cup final for the first time in nine years after their semi-final ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time at Wembley on Saturday.

They struggled for long periods against the Championship side who only wilted in the final minutes of normal time and lost their nerve when it came to the decisive shootout in which Lukasz Fabianski twice made great saves for the Gunners.

Apr 12, 2014

Everton go fourth as relegation battle heats up

LONDON (Reuters) – Everton won 1-0 at bottom club Sunderland to leapfrog Arsenal into fourth place in the Premier League on Saturday while the relegation battle intensified with wins for three clubs in danger of the drop.

The only goal at the Stadium of Light came after 75 minutes when Sunderland defender Wes Brown chested a cross into his own net to give Everton a seventh successive victory and move them into the Champions League places.

Apr 12, 2014

Soccer-Everton go fourth as relegation battle heats up

LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) – Everton won 1-0 at bottom club Sunderland to leapfrog Arsenal into fourth place in the Premier League on Saturday while the relegation battle intensified with wins for three clubs in danger of the drop.

The only goal at the Stadium of Light came after 75 minutes when Sunderland defender Wes Brown chested a cross into his own net to give Everton a seventh successive victory and move them into the Champions League places.

Apr 12, 2014

Seventh successive win lifts Everton into top four

LONDON (Reuters) – Everton won 1-0 at bottom club Sunderland to leapfrog Arsenal into fourth place in the Premier League on Saturday and the battle at the other end of the table intensified with wins for three clubs in danger of relegation.

The only goal at the Stadium of Light came after 75 minutes when Sunderland defender Wes Brown chested a cross into his own net to give Everton a seventh successive victory and move them into the Champions League places.

Apr 12, 2014

Soccer-Seventh successive win lifts Everton into top four

LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) – Everton won 1-0 at bottom club Sunderland to leapfrog Arsenal into fourth place in the Premier League on Saturday and the battle at the other end of the table intensified with wins for three clubs in danger of relegation.

The only goal at the Stadium of Light came after 75 minutes when Sunderland defender Wes Brown chested a cross into his own net to give Everton a seventh successive victory and move them into the Champions League places.

Apr 12, 2014

96 seats left empty as Wembley remembers Hillsborough tragedy

LONDON (Reuters) – Ninety-six seats were left empty and draped with Liverpool scarves at the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday as English football paused to remember the Hillsborough tragedy that took place 25 years ago this weekend.

Matches in the top eight senior English divisions kicked off at seven minutes past the hour to mark the anniversary with the especially poignant commemoration taking place at the national stadium where Arsenal were up against Wigan Athletic.

Apr 12, 2014

Soccer-96 seats left empty as Wembley remembers Hillsborough tragedy

LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) – Ninety-six seats were left empty and draped with Liverpool scarves at the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday as English soccer paused to remember the Hillsborough tragedy that took place 25 years ago this weekend.

Matches in the top eight senior English divisions kicked off at seven minutes past the hour to mark the anniversary with the especially poignant commemoration taking place at the national stadium where Arsenal were up against Wigan Athletic.

Apr 10, 2014

Atletico’s Courtois faces Champions League parent trap

LONDON (Reuters) – On-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is unlikely to play for Atletico Madrid against his parent club Chelsea if the two sides are paired together in Friday’s draw for the Champions League semi-finals.

The 21-year-old Belgium international has been one of the stars of his side’s rise to the top of La Liga this season and was outstanding as Atletico knocked Barcelona out of the competition on Wednesday.

Apr 10, 2014

Soccer-Atletico’s Courtois faces Champions League parent trap

LONDON, April 10 (Reuters) – On-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is unlikely to play for Atletico Madrid against his parent club Chelsea if the two sides are paired together in Friday’s draw for the Champions League semi-finals.

The 21-year-old Belgium international has been one of the stars of his side’s rise to the top of La Liga this season and was outstanding as Atletico knocked Barcelona out of the competition on Wednesday.