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Kuyt wins cup tie for Liverpool

Liverpool eliminated their second Manchester club from a Cup competition inside a week. After beating Manchester City in the Carling Cup semi-final, they beat Manchester United 2-1 in the FA Cup fourth round.

Dirk Kuyt’s late winner decided a scrappy match, which United had dominated for long spells in the first half. Daniel Agger’s header from a Steven Gerrard corner gave Liverpool the lead, but United equalised through Park Ji-Sung. United were then in control, until Liverpool introduced Craig Bellamy and Charlie Adam in the second half.

The match had been overshadowed in the build-up by the lingering controversy surrounding the Luis Suarez case. The recipient of Suarez’s racist abuse, Patrice Evra, was whistled and booed by the Anfield crowd throughout the match, and in the end it was his mistake that gave Kuyt the opportunity to score the winner.

The goal was set up by Andy Carroll who had worked tirelessly throughout, without much reward. The captain Steven Gerrard and Kuyt praised Carroll’s contribution. "It was a great header from Andy," Kuyt said. "The ball fell right in front of me and the only thing to do was score. We proved we can compete with the best. They might have been better on the day, but we scored the goals."

United are left with only one trophy to chase, the Premier League title. Their main rivals at the top, Manchester City, are also only left in one competition. For Liverpool, Kenny Dalglish’s first full season back in charge could yet include two Wembley finals.

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