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Liverpool Gains FA Cup Semis

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Liverpool have their place in the FA Cup semi-finals after overcoming a dogged Stoke City. This will have felt like a significant moment for the victors. A club that has already taken the Carling Cup had the fillip of that 3-0 victory with Everton a few days before, when Steven Gerrard had chalked up all the goals. In practice, however, there were just intermittent signs of finesse in this tie even if each team had struck by the interval.

The opener from Liverpool had a refinement that was seldom on view in the contest. Luis Suárez worked a one-two with Maxi ...

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