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United and Chelsea through to FA Cup semis

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  • Chelsea beat Coventry 2-0 to reach the semifinals of the FA Cup on Saturday
  • Manchester United through after Carlos Tevez scores two in 4-0 win at Fulham
  • Tottenham score late equalizer to draw 1-1 at Sunderland in Premier League
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(CNN) -- Goals from Didier Drogba and Alex proved enough to earn Chelsea a 2-0 FA Cup quarterfinal win at Championship side Coventry, putting them through to the last four for the third time in four seasons.

Carlos Tevez nods in the opening goal as Manchester United thrashed Fulham 4-0.

Didier Drogba (far left) celebrates his opening goal as Chelsea reached the FA Cup semifinals.

They were joined in the semifinals by Manchester United, who remain on course for a remarkable five trophies this season with a comfortable 4-0 win at Fulham in the late kick-off.

Chelsea crashed out of the competition at the same stage last season to another Championship side Barnsley. But there was never any danger of another shock on Saturday as the Premier League giants dominated for almost the entire 90 minutes.

Drogba, enjoying a new lease of life at Chelsea following the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari and the temporary appointment of Guus Hiddink, opened the scoring in the 15th minute.

Central defender Ben Turner allowed himself to be muscled off the ball by Drogba and the striker calmly took the ball around goalkeeper Keiran Westwood before firing his shot into the net.

Coventry pressed forward looking for an equalizing goal but with 17 minutes remaining they were caught on the break and substitute Ricardo Quaresma's pinpoint cross from the right was expertly drilled home by Brazilian defender Alex.

The result kept up Hiddink's 100 per cent record since taking charge while the re-appearance of Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien -- who has been out of action since August with a knee ligament injury -- is another boost to the club as they challenge for trophies on three separate fronts.

However, English, world and European champions United continue to look the team to beat in all competitions, as they brushed Fulham aside in a devastating display at Craven Cottage.

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Carlos Tevez, who has struggled to find a regular place in Sir Alex Ferguson's side this season, opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a close-range header after Michael Carrick's corner was flicked-on by Wayne Rooney.

Rooney then struck the post with a relatively simple chance before Argentine Tevez added his and United's second in the 35th minute with a superb strike from the edge of the area.

Rooney and Tevez combined again for the third goal five minutes after the break, this time the England striker was given time to curl a shot past the despairing dive of goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

Ji-Sung Park completed the scoring in the 80th minute, again curling a shot past Schwarzer after Fulham midfielder Zoltan Gera had passed straight to the Korean international.

Sunday sees Everton entertain Middlesbrough in a third quarterfinal, while Arsenal play host to Championship side Burnley, with the winners entertaining Hull City in the final last eight showdown.

Meanwhile, Robbie Keane rescued Tottenham with a last-gasp equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Sunderland, who saw a precious Premier League victory wrenched from their grasp at the death.

Darren Bent's cross was superbly volleyed home by Republic of Ireland international striker Keane, just as Kieran Richardson's third-minute strike looked to have eased Sunderland's relegation fears.

The result means both sides are still in danger of the drop. Tottenham are 12th and Sunderland 13th, both on 32 points but just five points clear of the bottom three.

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