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Late Kuyt goal earns Liverpool victory over United

Updated: January 28, 2012, 09:58


Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring during the English FA Cup fourth round soccer match against Manchester United at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Saturday Jan. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)

LIVERPOOL, England(AP) Dirk Kuyt struck a dramatic 88th minute winner to give Liverpool a 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup on Saturday and a place in the last 16.

The match between the two bitter rivals looked set for a replay after Park Ji-sung leveled for United in the 39th minute at Anfield after a rare goal by Daniel Agger had given Liverpool a 21st minute lead.

It was the first meeting between Liverpool and United since Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was handed an eight-game ban for racially abusing United defender Patrice Evra in a league game on October 15.

United's Antonio Valencia was denied by the woodwork in a thrilling encounter, which passed off without major incident.

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