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Captain Van-tastic saves sinking Gunners

Arsenal staged a remarkable recovery from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 and keep their FA Cup hopes alive with a dramatic fourth round win at the Emirates Stadium. FA Cup fifth round ties

sports Updated: Jan 31, 2012 02:23 IST

Arsenal staged a remarkable recovery from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 and keep their FA Cup hopes alive with a dramatic fourth round win at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The Gunners, without a major trophy since winning the FA Cup seven years ago, were booed off by their own fans at half-time after a Richard Dunne header and Darren Bent strike had put Premier League rivals Villa 2-0 in front.

But three goals in seven second half minutes courtesy of two Robin van Persie penalties separated by a Theo Walcott effort, after an Alan Hutton clearance rebounded in off the England international, turned the match on its head. Arsenal, still in the Champions League but 18 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, will now play either Sunderland or second-tier Middlesbrough in the last 16 after they drew 1-1. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/31-01-pg22b.jpg

Middlesbrough almost upset north-east rivals Sunderland when Barry Robson gave them a 16th minute lead with a spectacular volley. But the hosts levelled through Frazier Campbell just shy of the hour mark.

Malaga win

MADRID: Ten-man Malaga beat Sevilla 2-1 on Sunday night in a fiery Andalusian derby to leap above their local rivals into seventh position in La Liga, one point behind a Europa League spot for next season.

Weligton and midfielder Seba Fernandez got first-half goals for Malaga either side of an Antonio Luna strike for Sevilla.