Bolton Beats Birmingham 3-2 in F.A. Cup as Lee Scores Late Goal

Lee Chung-Yong’s goal in the 90th minute gave Bolton a 3-2 win over Birmingham in the quarterfinals of English soccer’s F.A. Cup.

Lee, who came on as a substitute in the second half, scored with a header at St. Andrews in Birmingham to send Bolton to the semifinals for the first time in 11 years.

“As captain of this club, I just wanted it so badly,” Kevin Davies, who scored the second Bolton goal with a penalty kick, told ESPN. “It’s brilliant and we’ll celebrate tonight.”

Johan Elmander gave Bolton the lead after 21 minutes, but Cameron Jerome answered for Birmingham seven minutes before halftime.

Lee cleared a ball off the line moments after coming on before Davies, who earlier had a goal disallowed for offside, scored from the spot after being taken down by Curtis Davies.

Kevin Phillips drew Birmingham even in the 80th minute when he turned and looped a shot from outside the area over goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. With time winding down, Bolton sent a long ball into the area which Davies headed into the center for Lee to nod past Ben Foster.

Bolton last played in the semifinals in 2000 when it lost to Aston Villa on penalty kicks. Birmingham, which last month won the Carling Cup, was trying to reach the final four for the first time since 1975.

Manchester United and Arsenal meet later in today’s other quarterfinal match, while Stoke hosts West Ham and Reading visits Manchester City tomorrow.

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