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Gunners meet Reds in League Cup

ARSENAL will host Liverpool and defending champion Manchester United will travel to second-tier Barnsley in the last 16 of the League Cup.

Liverpool was thrashed 3-6 by Arsenal at Anfield when they last met in the competition in January 2007.

Tottenham Hotspur, last year's finalist and the 2008 champion, is at home to Everton in the fourth round while Chelsea will host Bolton Wanderers.

In the other all-Premier League clashes, Stoke City is at Portsmouth and Sunderland takes on Aston Villa.

Manchester City will host League Championship team Scunthorpe United and Peterborough, another second-tier side, will travel to Blackburn Rovers.

The matches will be played on October 27 and 28.

Elsewhere, Louis Saha condemned Portsmouth to a seventh defeat from seven Premier League games this season when his goal earned Everton a 1-0 victory at Fratton Park in yesterday's early game.

Pompey matched Everton and deserved something for their efforts but they remain pointless and bottom of the table after squandering several chances to equalize Saha's well-taken goal just before the break.

The struggling south coast club threw everything at Everton in the closing stages with Hassan Yebda having a powerful header cleared off the line as the visitors hung on for their first points on the road this season.

Second half

Everton had lost Steven Pienaar earlier in the second half, when the midfielder was stretchered off following a collision with Aaron Mokoena.

Later in the day, leader Chelsea was away at Wigan Athletic while champion United was playing Stoke.

In Germany, Diego Klimowicz scored in the seventh minute to give VfL Bochum a 1-0 victory at Nuremberg for its first win on the road in the Bundesliga on Friday.

It was also the first win for interim coach Frank Heinemann, who stepped in for the fired Marcel Koller less than a week ago.

Paul Freier sent a sharp low cross from the right for Klimowicz to knock in at the far post for what was one of Bochum's few chances in the first half.

Although it mostly defended, Bochum had another opportunity after the break but Joel Epalle's shot was deflected by Javier Pinola onto the post.

Nuremberg fell to its third defeat in four home games.


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