Birmingham, Manchester Utd. Rally for F.A. Cup Wins; Chelsea Ties Everton

Birmingham City and Manchester United came from behind to win in the fourth round of English soccer’s F.A. Cup, as defending competition champion Chelsea tied Everton 1-1.

Birmingham rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Coventry 3-2 and Manchester United scored twice in the second half in winning at Southampton 2-1.

Crawley Town became the first non-league team in 17 years to reach the fifth round with a 1-0 win over Torquay, Aston Villa beat Blackburn 3-1 in a matchup of Premier League teams, and Bolton drew 0-0 with Wigan.

Leyton Orient was a 2-1 winner at Swansea, Burnley beat Burton Albion 3-1, Sheffield Wednesday defeated Hereford 4-1, Reading beat Stevenage 2-1 and Brighton won 1-0 at Watford.

Birmingham came from behind to win its second cup match this week. The Blues beat West Ham 3-1 three days ago to advance to the Carling Cup final against Arsenal.

Coventry led 2-0 after 26 minutes on goals from Marlon King and Richard Wood before David Bentley scored to start the Birmingham comeback. Stuart Parnaby tied the game midway through the second half and Kevin Phillips won it with 17 minutes remaining.

Goals from Michael Owen and Javier Hernandez in the second half gave Manchester United the away win.

Southampton took the lead just before the break on a goal from Richard Chaplow. Owen tied the game 20 minutes into the second half and Hernandez put United in front 10 minutes later.

Five Minutes

Substitute Salomon Kalou scored five minutes after coming on to give Chelsea the away draw at Goodison Park. The Blues will host a replay of the match at Stamford Bridge at a date to be determined.

Louis Saha had given Everton the lead in the 62nd minute when he headed in a corner from Leighton Baines. Kalou replaced Florent Malouda in the 70th minute and tied the game with a shot just inside the far goalpost.

Matt Tubbs scored in the 39th minute to give Crawley Town, which plays in the fifth-tier of English soccer, one below the lowest fully professional league, the win at Torquay.

Crawley Town is the sixth team from outside the top divisions of English soccer to reach the fifth round since 1948 and the first since Kidderminster Harriers 17 years ago.

Ciaran Clark, Robert Pires and Nathan Delfouneso scored to send Aston Villa into the final 16. Villa played the final 28 minutes with 10 men after Nathan Baker received a red card.

Own Goal

An own goal by Swansea defender Alan Tate gave Leyton Orient the away win in Wales, Chris Eagles scored twice to lead Burnley over Burton Albion, and two penalty kicks from Clinton Morrison helped Sheffield Wednesday beat Hereford.

Shane Long’s goal with three minutes remaining lifted Reading past fourth-division Stevenage, which upset Premier League club Newcastle in the last round. Ashley Barnes scored the only goal as Brighton won at Watford, while Wigan’s goalless draw earned it a home replay against Premier League rival Bolton.

Arsenal hosts Huddersfield, Stoke visits Wolverhampton, Notts County meets Manchester City, Nottingham Forest is at West Ham and Fulham is home for Tottenham in tomorrow’s games. The fifth-round draw will also take place tomorrow with those matches being played Feb. 19 and 20.

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