8 Mar 2010

Chelsea and Aston Villa into FA Cup semi-finals

7:40 am on 8 March 2010

Holders Chelsea have advanced to the semi-finals of English football's FA Cup with a 2-nil home win over Stoke City while Aston Villa joined them after coming from 2-nil down to win 4-2 at Reading with a John Carew hat-trick.

The two winners will meet in the Wembley semi-finals next month when Portsmouth, who beat Birmingham City 2-nil yerterday, will play either Fulham or Tottenham Hotspur, who drew nil-all at Craven Cottage.

Stoke were seeking their first semi-final since 1972 having previously knocked out Manchester City and Arsenal.

Reading were the last remaining non-Premier League club in the competition and in the quarter-finals for the first time in 83 years after upsetting Liverpool, Burnley and West Bromwich Albion in previous rounds.