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Liverpool and United beaten in cup


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LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Holders Liverpool and last season's runners-up Manchester United were both knocked out of the League Cup in the fourth round on Wednesday.

Liverpool, fielding a strong side, went down 3-2 at Anfield to Bolton as Youri Djorkaeff scored a last-minute penalty.

United, using a mixture of youth players and reserves, were deservedly beaten 2-0 at first division leaders West Bromwich who now take on Arsenal at home.

Premier league leaders Chelsea also advanced with a 1-0 win at first division Reading, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink getting the only goal after goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann had kept them at bay for almost an hour.

Tottenham beat Manchester City 3-1, helped by a first goal for the club by $11.67m Portuguese striker Helder Postiga, while Aston Villa eased past first division Crystal Palace 3-0 to set up a home quarterfinal against Chelsea.

The night's other game went to penalties after Middlesbrough and Everton were goalless for 120 minutes at The Riverside.

Boro eventually went through 5-4 in the shoot-out after Mark Schwarzer saved substitute Leon Osman's kick and will visit Tottenham in the next round. Bolton are at home to Southampton.

Manchester United showed 10 changes from the team beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday and the new-look team were overpowered by in-form Albion.

West Brom, who knocked Newcastle United out in the last round, went ahead after six minutes with an expertly executed mid-air volley by Bernt Haas but were denied a second when Roy Carroll brilliantly saved a Jason Koumas penalty in the 24th minute.

Danny Dichio hit the bar with a header for West Brom early in the second half while Kleberson's curler, well saved by Russell Hoult, was the best of United's efforts.

The game was settled in the 56th minute when substitute Scott Dobie, on the pitch for less than a minute, glanced in a clever header.

A Mario Jardel header after four minutes had Bolton ahead at Anfield but Danny Murphy equalised in the 66th minute.

Jay-Jay Okocha's superb free kick restored Bolton's lead in the 79th minute only for Vladimir Smicer to level again in the 88th.

Salif Diao then brought down Kevin Davies in the box in the final minute and former French international Djorkaeff kept his cool to score with the resulting penalty.

Tottenham seemed to be cruising after Darren Anderton and Postiga had them 2-0 up at halftime at White Hart Lane.

Robbie Fowler pulled one back after a defensive howler by Gary Doherty 10 minutes from time and City launched a furious late assault only to be caught out on the break as Freddie Kanoute got Spurs's third in time added on.


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