Liverpool, Spurs reach cup semi-finals

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON (AP) Liverpool will play Chelsea in the League Cup semifinals after Raheem Sterling netted twice in a 3-1 victory over second-tier Bournemouth on Wednesday, while Tottenham eased through with a 4-0 rout of Newcastle.

Lazar Markovic scored between Sterling's first goals since September as Liverpool won on the south coast. Progress in English football's second-tier knockout competition followed a demoralizing week that saw Liverpool exit the Champions League and slip further down the Premier League.

Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado scored in Tottenham's demolition of Premier League rival Newcastle. In the draw for the two-legged semifinal in January, Tottenham was paired with third-tier side Sheffield United, which upset Southampton to advance on Tuesday.

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