FA Cup: Reds and Gunners forced to replays

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Steven Gerrard was once again the saviour of Liverpool while Arsenal was also taken to a replay after being held to a 0-0 draw with Cardiff in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

For the second time in a week Liverpool and Everton could not be separated as the 210th Merseyside derby ended with the same 1-1 scoreline as Monday's meeting in the Premier League, also played at Anfield.

But this time, it was the Toffees who opened the scoring as slack Liverpool defending allowed Tim Cahill to flick a Steven Pienaar corner ahead for the unmarked Joleon Lescott to glance past Pepe Reina in the 27th minute.

Liverpool came out for the second period sharper and brighter and equalised through captain Gerrard.

The England midfielder drilled a shot inside Tim Howard and the near post after an outrageous back-heeled volley from Fernando Torres to send him through on goal.

Howard should have done far better, but he partly redeemed himself three minutes later with a great reaction stop to turn another Gerrard effort over the bar.

League Championship side Cardiff, last season's runner-up, were so wasteful in front of goal in its home draw with Arsenal.

Scot McCormack should have headed Cardiff into a 10th-minute lead from Joe Ledley’s cross but failed to hit the target.

A disappointing return for former Cardiff midfielder Aaron Ramsey ended just before the hour mark when he was replaced by Abou Diaby.

Ross McCormack nearly snatched an upset victory in the last three minutes when he clipped the the top of the bar from 25 meters yards.

The draw forced a replay at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on February 3.

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