Chelsea rallies for 2-2 tie at Manchester United

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 10, 2013 22:15 hrs

Eden Hazard and Ramires scored second-half goals as defending Chelsea rallied for a 2-2 tie at Manchester United and forced a replay to determine which team will play Manchester City in the semifinals.

Coming off Champions League elimination against Real Madrid on Tuesday, Manchester United built a 2-0 lead on goals by Javier Hernandez in the fifth minute and Wayne Rooney in the 11th. Hazard began the comeback when he scored in the 59th minute, and Ramires tied it nine minutes later.

"The emotions and the intensity of Tuesday night took their toll on some of the players," United manager Alex Ferguson said.

Chelsea was coming off a 1-0 loss Thursday at Steaua Bucharest in the first leg of their third-round matchup in the Europa League.

Millwall was held to a 0-0 tie by visiting Blackburn in an all-second tier matchup, and they will have a replay to decide who faces Wigan. The semifinals are April 13 and 14.

In the Premier League, third-place Tottenham (16-7-6) wasted a second-half lead in a 3-2 loss at Liverpool, wasting a chance to extend its two-point lead over Chelsea (15-6-7). Newcastle moved nine points above the relegation zone with a come-from-behind 2-1 win at home over Stoke.

At Anfield, Luis Suarez put Liverpool ahead in the 21st with his 50th goal for the club, but Jan Vertonghen scored in the 45th and 53rd minutes, set up both times by Gareth Bale.

Stewart Downing tied the score in the 66th and Steven Gerrard converted a penalty kick in the 82nd after Benoit Assou-Ekotto fouled Suarez. Liverpool (12-8-9) moved into sixth place with its third straight win.

At St. James' Park, Papiss Cisse scored in second-half stoppage time for Newcastle. Stoke went ahead on Jonathan Walters' penalty kick in the 67th, but Yohan Cabaye tied the score five minutes later.


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to give Real Madrid a 2-1 win at Celta Vigo.

Ronaldo scored from a loose ball in the 61st minute. After Iago Aspas tied the score against the run of play two minutes later, Ronaldo converted a penalty kick in the 72nd following a foul on Kaka.

Ronaldo has 26 league goals this season, second only to Lionel Messi's 40 for Barcelona.

Defending champion Real Madrid (17-5-4) is 13 points back of Barcelona (23-2-2) and moved into second place as Atletico Madrid (18-5-3) lost 1-0 at home to Real Sociedad. Xabi Prieto scored in the 53rd minute.


ROME (AP) — Juventus opened a nine-point lead in the Italian league with 10 games left, beating visiting Catania 1-0 while second-place Napoli lost 2-0 at Chievo Verona.

Emanuele Giaccherini scored in the first minute of second-half stoppage time for Juventus following a cross from Paul Pogba, the 19-year-old French forward let go by Manchester United after last season.

In Verona, Chievo got goals from Boukary Drame in the 12th minute and Cyril Thereau in the 43rd. A penalty kick by Napoli's Edinson Cavani was saved by goalkeeper Christian Puggioni in the 13th.

Juventus (19-4-5) has 62 points to 53 for Napoli (15-5-8), which is two points ahead of third-place AC Milan (15-7-6).

Fiorentina (14-8-6) moved into fourth place, two points behind Milan, with a 2-0 win at Lazio on goals by Stevan Jovetic in the 20th and Adem Ljajic in the 49th. At the start of the match, Lazio supporters targeted UEFA President Michel Platini with an offensive banner after the team was ordered to play its next two European home matches in an empty stadium due to persistent fan racism. UEFA is scheduled to hear Lazio's appeal Monday.

Bologna won 1-0 at Inter Milan as Alberto Gilardino scored in the 57th minute, leaving Lazio and Inter tied for fifth at 14-9-5.


FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Eintracht Frankfurt failed to score for a fifth straight match, tying 0-0 at Hannover and dropping into fifth place in the Bundesliga.

Artjoms Rudnevs scored with a spectacular volley in the 50th minute to give Hamburg a 1-0 win at Stuttgart, which has lost seven of its past nine games and fallen to 14th. Hamburg moved up to sixth.


EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Hibernian was denied a goal when a free kick went over the line but was not credited in an Edinburgh derby against Hearts that ended 0-0.

Leigh Griffiths' shot went off the underside of the crossbar and the ball bounced well over the line.

The incident came a week after soccer's rule-makers met in Edinburgh and approved regulations for the global rollout of technology to rule on disputed goal-line incidents.

FIFA will give referees high tech aids at the Confederations' Cup in Brazil in June and the 2014 World Cup, while the English Premier League will introduce technology next season.

The Scottish Football Association, which has championed goal-line technology, says it will have to wait for costs of the systems to come down. Four systems have been licensed by FIFA, with the cheapest costing at least $100,000 to install in a stadium.


PARIS (AP) — Second-place Lyon was held to a 0-0 tie by visiting Marseille in the French league, a result that prevented both from gaining much ground on Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG (17-5-6) has 57 points, four ahead of Lyon (15-5-8) and seven in front of Marseille (15-8-5).

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