Reading and Queens Park Rangers moved to the verge of relegation from English soccer’s Premier League today as Arsenal moved back into third place.
Wolverhampton Wanderers rallied to beat Sunderland 2-1 yesterday and move four points clear of the relegation positions in English soccer’s Premier League.
Sunderland beat Arsenal 2-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of English soccer’s F.A. Cup, as Chelsea rallied to tie Birmingham 1-1.
Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson signed a new three-year contract until 2013, the Premier League club said on its website.
Sunderland was eliminated, while Stoke and Fulham needed extra time to beat second-tier teams in F.A. Cup third-round replays.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Manchester United won 3-0 at Newcastle to climb to second in soccer’s Premier League, while Tottenham beat Aston Villa 2-0 for its fourth straight victory.
Defending champion Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to move ahead of its rival into third spot in English soccer’s Premier League.
Tottenham signed midfielder Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris on the final day of the English soccer transfer period, while Premier League champion Manchester City brought in five new players.
Jose Fonte scored twice as Southampton tied 2-2 against Fulham to climb out of the relegation positions in English soccer’s Premier League.
"The main thing is we're through to the next round."
- Kieran Richardson on Feb 18, 2012