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Liverpool ends Luton's FA Cup dream
January 16th, 2008 6:45AM

TAGS:  england


[ENGLAND] There was good news and bad news for struggling English club Luton. The bad news was that Liverpool ended the Hatters' English FA Cup dream with a 5-0 demolition of the third division club on Tuesday. The good news, announced shortly before kickoff, was that a deal was concluded to save Luton, which has been in bankruptcy and unable to pay its players and staff.

Liverpool made up for a disappointing show in its English FA Cup third-round game at Luton Town 10 days ago with a 5-0 win in Tuesday's replay at Anfield.

The Reds looked to be in trouble before Dutchman Ryan Babel's goal a minute before halftime. Steven Gerrard sealed the win with a hat trick in the second half.

Since the first game, Luton manager Kevin Blackwell quit -- he wasn't told of the transfer of Chris Coyne to Colchester and David Edwards to Wolves for a combined $2 million -- and the club gained new owners.

Shortly before the replay, it was confirmed that a consortium, led by BBC television host Nick Owen, would invest $20 million in the bankrupt club.

In other replays, Robbie Keane's goal gave Tottenham a 1-0 replay win at Premier League rival Reading.

Fourth division Bury upset second division Norwich City, 2-1, while Millwall edged third division rivals Walsall, 2-1.

Three other replays were postponed because of bad weather.

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