26 Jan 2009

FA Cup matches end in draws

7:29 am on 26 January 2009

Both this morning's English FA Cup 4th round matches ended in draws and will go to replays.

Steven Gerrard was again Liverpool's hero, scoring the equaliser after Everton had gone ahead early at Anfield.

Arsenal were also left contemplating the somewhat unwelcome prospect of an FA Cup replay, against Cardiff City, after their Welsh opponents held them to a goalless draw at Ninian Park.

Cardiff, beaten in last year's final by Portsmouth, spurned several good chances in the first half in a match where Arsenal missed opportunities of their own against the second-tier Championship club.

Holders Portsmouth were knocked out of the FA Cup yesterday after losing 2-nil at their Fratton Park home to Cardiff's bitter Welsh rivals Swansea, who also play in the Championship.