Chelsea blank Everton
London, February 9:
Four different players scored for Chelsea to give the Blues a 4-1 victory over Everton on Wednesday and send it to the fifth round of the English FA Cup. In the other match, Middlesbrough defeated Coventry 1-0.
Arjen Robben, Frank Lampard and Hernan Crespo gave Chelsea a first-half lead and John Terry added another goal to complete the victory.
Robben scored from eight yards off a feed from Crespo in the 22nd minute and Lampard converted a penalty in the 36th after teammate Shaun Wright-Phillips was brought down in the area. Crespo made it 3-0 on a header in the 39th, off a perfectly delivered pass from Lampard.
Everton made it 3-1 in the 72nd when Robert Huth was called for a handball, and Mikel Arteta converted. Two minutes later, Terry finished the scoring when Everton failed to clear a ball in the box. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored in the 20th, giving Boro its win over Coventry and a place in final 16.
In the only Premier League match, Charlton beat Liverpool 2-0, on goals from Darren Bent and Luke Young.
Copa del Rey
MADRID: Diego Milito scored four goals as Zaragoza overwhelmed Real Madrid 6-1 in a Copa del Rey first-leg semifinal on Wednesday. Ewerthon added Zaragoza’s other goals at La Romareda Stadium, leaving Madrid looking almost certain to be eliminated in next week’s second leg at its Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Julio Baptista netted a consolation goal for the visitors, who had hoped to win Spain’s knockout competition this season and end a drought without a major trophy which stretches back to 2003. Zaragoza’s win ended Madrid’s seven-game winning streak in the league and Copa del Rey. It was Madrid’s first defeat in 2006.
Madrid’s loss was its heaviest since June 1999, when it lost 6-0 to Valencia, also in a Copa del Rey first-leg semi-final. The final is on April 12.
Italian Serie A
ROME: Alessandro Del Piero hit the crossbar with a last-minute penalty kick and Juventus settled for a 1-1 draw with Parma on Wednesday, ending its 12-match home win streak but still stretching its lead atop the Serie A.
The draw was the first time Juventus was denied a victory at Stadio delle Alpi since April of last season.
Inter lost 2-1 at Fiorentina to end its 14-match unbeaten streak.
AC Milan overwhelmed Treviso 5-0 to remain in third place, 12 points behind Juventus and one ahead of Fiorentina.
AS Roma rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 4-3 victory over Cagliari, winning on a pair of late penalties by Francesco Totti. Roma won its eighth straight to consolidate its hold on fifth place with 45 points.
In other matches, Livorno drew 0-0 at Ascoli; Palermo beat Lazio 3-1; Chievo Verona and Sampdoria played to a 1-1 draw; Reggina won 2-1 at Udinese; Empoli beat last-place Lecce 2-1; and Messina and Siena played a goalless draw.