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Tevez fires Man Utd into League Cup semis

2008-12-04 01:40:28 GMT2008-12-04 09:40:28 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Manchester United's Nani (L) scores against Blackburn Rovers during their English League Cup soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, Dec. 3, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Blackburn Rovers' goalkeeper Paul Robinson (C) saves a header from Manchester United's Carlos Tevez (32) during their English League Cup soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, Dec. 3, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Manchester United's substitutes Paul Scholes (L) and Patrice Evra take to the pitch during their English League Cup soccer match against Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, Dec. 3, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Manchester United's Carlos Tevez (R) scores a penalty past Blackburn Rovers' goalkeeper Paul Robinson (L) during their English League Cup soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, Dec. 3, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Blackburn Rovers' Matt Derbyshire (L) scores past Manchester United's Ben Foster during their English League Cup soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, Dec. 3, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

LONDON, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Carlos Tevez scored four goals to send Manchester United into the English League Cup last four in a thrilling 5-3 win over Blackburn at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Holders Tottenham Hotspur also advanced after a 2-1 victory at Watford thanks to Darren Bent's late winner.

The other two slots had gone to championship sides Burnley, who cracked Arsenal out with a 2-0 home win on Tuesday, and Derby County, beating Stoke City 1-0.

Tevez's magnificent display is sure to cause selection problems for boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who has left him on the bench for much of the season in the league.

The unstoppable Argentine broke the deadlock after 36 minutes before setting up Nani to fire home. Benni McCarthy's shot pulled one back for the visitors shortly after the break but Tevez immediately responded with two quick-fire goals in three minutes including a penalty to make it 4-1.

Blackburn reignited hopes as they scored in the final six minutes to cut the difference to one goal. However, Tevez grabbed his fourth goal in injury time and deservedly secured United's place in Saturday's semi-finals.

Ferguson made 10 changes to the United lineup who won at Manchester City on Sunday but they were still too much for the visitors.

Blackburn's poor performance will not ease the pressure on under-fire manager Paul Ince, who has seen his side slip into the Premier League drop zone in recent weeks.

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