Southampton beat Manchester City 3-1, damaging the defending English Premier League soccer champion’s title chances, while Chelsea won to take pressure off manager Rafael Benitez.
English Premier League soccer club Stoke City said defender Robert Huth is in the hospital with suspected meningitis and will undergo further tests.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Stoke beat Sunderland 3-2 in English soccer’s Premier League, coming from behind with two late goals from Robert Huth.
Manchester City will play local rival Manchester United in the F.A. Cup semifinals after a 1-0 win over Reading yesterday. Stoke City defeated West Ham 2-1 to set up a game with Bolton.
Wolverhampton Wanderers rallied to beat Sunderland 2-1 yesterday and move four points clear of the relegation positions in English soccer’s Premier League.
Stoke City will play in English soccer’s F.A. Cup final for the first time after a 5-0 win over Bolton Wanderers yesterday at Wembley Stadium in London.
Aston Villa missed a chance to move third in English soccer’s Premier League as Stoke rallied with two late goals for a 2-1 home victory.
Arsenal needed a late penalty to beat Huddersfield 2-1 in the fourth round of English soccer’s F.A. Cup, while Manchester City will require a replay after a 1- 1 tie at Notts County. Fulham beat 10-man Tottenham 4-0.
Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti said he agrees with his Manchester United counterpart Alex Ferguson that the Blues are in control of the race for the Premier League title.