Manchester United rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 3-2 win at Blackpool on Tuesday night to stay unbeaten in the Premier League, and Arsenal eliminated Ipswich to reach the League Cup final.

At Blackpool, United trailed 2-0 in the 72nd minuted before Dimitar Berbatov had two goals and Javier Hernandez scored once. The Red Devils avoided what would have been their first loss to Blackpool since 1966.

United (14-0-9), which has a five-point lead in the Premier League over second-place Arsenal (14-5-4), extended its league unbeaten streak to 28 games since an April 3 loss to Chelsea.

Blackpool built a 2-0 lead on goals by Craig Cathcart in the 15th minute and DJ Campbell in the 43rd.

Berbatov scored in the 72nd minute, Hernandez tied it two minutes later and Berbatov got the go-ahead goal in the 88th.

In the other Premier League game, Aston Villa won 2-1 at Wigan as Gabriel Agbonlahor scored in the 50th minute and Ashley Young converted a penalty kick in the 61st. James McCarthy had an 80th-minute goal for the host. Villa moved six points above the relegation zone and has won consecutive league matches for the first time this season, also beating Manchester City last weekend.

In London, Arsenal scored three times in the second half for a 3-0 victory over the League Championship team and a 3-1 aggregate win in the home-and-home series. Seeking their first trophy since winning the 2005 FA Cup, the Gunners will play West Ham or Birmingham in the League Cup final at Wembley on Feb. 27.

Nicklas Bendtner scored in the 61st minute, Laurent Koscielny doubled the lead three minutes later and Cesc Fabregas added a goal in the 77th.


PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Palermo beat Parma 5-4 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie in overtime to advance to the Italian Cup semifinals.

Daniel Martinez, a 17-year-old from Paraguay, converted the decisive penalty for Palermo after Palermo's Francesco Valiani sent his shot over the crossbar.

The opening kicks by Parma's Hernan Crespo and Palermo's Mattia Cassani were both stopped.

In the two-leg semifinals, Palermo will face either Sampdoria or AC Milan, which meet Wednesday.

In the other half of the draw, Napoli plays defending champion Inter Milan and AS Roma meets Juventus.


BERLIN (AP) — Substitute Julian Draxler scored in the last minute of overtime, and Schalke advanced to the German Cup semifinals with a 3-2 win over visiting Nuremberg.

The 17-year-old — Schalke's youngest Bundesliga player — had been on the field three minutes when he collected a pass from Jefferson Farfan, eluded Andreas Wolf on the edge of the penalty area, and scored from 22 yards.

Julian Schieber scored in the third and 32nd minutes for Nuremberg. Schalke got goals from Mario Gavranovic in the 14th and Ivan Rakitic in the 58th.