Chelsea fights back to draw at Manchester United in FA Cup
LONDON (AP) -- Chelsea staged a second-half fightback at Manchester United to earn 2-2 draw in the FA Cup quarterfinals on Sunday and force a replay.
Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney put United ahead 2-0 after just 11 minutes, but substitute Eden Hazard began Chelsea's comeback in the 59th and Ramires equalized seven minutes later.
The winner of the replay will play Manchester City at Wembley Stadium next month. The other semifinal will see Wigan play Blackburn or Millwall, who drew 0-0 on Sunday and will also have to play again.
In the Premier League, third-place Tottenham missed the chance to extend its 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 is running away with the Premier League title, holding a 12-point lead over neighbor City. But it was coming off a disappointing loss in the Champions League to Real Madrid on Tuesday and was 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.
Rooney's goal came at the end of a week when he was assured of his United future after being dropped from the starting lineup 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 their anger 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 equalizer.
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 first 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.''
Chelsea's fight for a finish in the top four of the Premier League was also helped by Liverpool, which 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 halftime 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 equalize 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.''
At St. James' Park, Papiss Cisse scored in stoppage time after Yohan Cabaye canceled out Jonathan Walters' penalty for Stoke to give Newcastle the win that eases any relegation fears.
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