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Petrov keeps Villa in the cup

Published: Sunday 14 February 2010, 18.45CET
Stiliyan Petrov kept Aston Villa FC in the FA Cup with a late header at Crystal Palace FC, on a day when Fulham FC eased into the quarter-finals and Bolton Wanderers FC drew with Tottenham Hotspur FC.
Petrov keeps Villa in the cup
Darren Ambrose celebrates scoring Palace's second goal ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 14 February 2010, 18.45CET

Petrov keeps Villa in the cup

Stiliyan Petrov kept Aston Villa FC in the FA Cup with a late header at Crystal Palace FC, on a day when Fulham FC eased into the quarter-finals and Bolton Wanderers FC drew with Tottenham Hotspur FC.

A late header from Stiliyan Petrov salvaged Aston Villa FC a 2-2 draw with Championship opponents Crystal Palace FC in the FA Cup fifth round, after UEFA Europa League contenders Fulham FC had eased into the last eight with a 4-0 victory.

Villa twice came from behind in south London, first levelling when James Collins (35) answered Johannes Ertl's opener by heading in Stewart Downing's set piece. A superb free-kick from Darren Ambrose (70) then looked to have won the tie for the hosts − who defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in the previous round − only for Petrov to force a replay with three minutes remaining from another Downing delivery.

Fulham, meanwhile, prepared for their UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg against FC Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday with a comfortable victory against fourth-tier Notts County FC. Measured finishes from Simon Davies (22) and Damien Duff (73) sandwiched Bobby Zamora's emphatic effort (41) before Stefano Okaka Chuka, the Cottagers' on-loan AS Roma forward, scored his first goal for the west Londoners late on.

Elsewhere, Tom Huddlestone had a second-half penalty saved by Bolton Wanderers FC goalkeeper Jussi Jääskeläinen as Tottentham Hotspur FC drew 1-1 with their Premier League rivals. That happened nine minutes after Jermain Defoe (61) had equalised with a powerful strike into the roof of the net, Kevin Davies (34) having earlier finished off a neat 16-pass move for the hosts involving Lee Chung-Yong and Johan Elmander.

Whoever wins that replay will be away to Fulham in the quarter-finals, while Palace or Villa will travel to Reading FC or West Bromwich Albion FC. Chelsea FC, the holders, have been drawn at home to Manchester City FC or Stoke City FC, with Portsmouth FC against Birmigham City FC completing the draw. The ties take place on the weekend of 6 and 7 March.

Last updated: 15/02/10 0.09CET
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