English football giants Liverpool and Chelsea qualified to the English FA Cup semifinals after the first defeating Stoke City 2-1, and Chelsea crushing Leicester City 5-2 on Sunday.
Fernando Torres ended a 26-game goal drought as Chelsea reached the FA Cup semifinals, and Liverpool ensured a second trip to Wembley Stadium this season.
Torres scored twice in a 5-2 win over Leicester and Chelsea will now face the winner of the Tottenham-Bolton quarterfinal.
Liverpool opened the scoring against Stoke at Anfield after 23 minutes thanks to a sublime finish from Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan striker stroking the ball into the corner of the net from 20 metres.
Last season’s FA Cup runners-up struck back quickly, however, former Liverpool forward Peter Crouch nodding in the equalizer following the award of a controversial corner to the away team.
Liverpool, who won the League Cup last month, dominated possession after halftime and they got their reward after 57 minutes when winger Stewart Downing ran across two Stoke defenders in the penalty area before drilling a firm shot past goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.
The Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup, is a knockout cup competition in English football and is the oldest association football competition in the world.