Man U beat Middlesbrough

Associated Press

London, January 30:

Peter Crouch rolled home a penalty in the third minute of injury time for a 2-1 victory as Southampton manager Harry Redknapp saw his new team knock former club Portsmouth out of the FA Cup. By contrast, Wayne Rooney scored two spectacular goals as defending champion Manchester United outplayed Middlesbrough 3-0 to reach the last 16.

In a dramatic finish to a tense game, 10-man Portsmouth appeared to be holding on for a replay with the Saints when a cross by David Prutton struck Matt Taylor high on the arm. Referee Steve Bennett eventually awarded the spot kick and Crouch shot coolly past debut-making Greek goalkeeper Konstantinos Chalkias.

Manchester United’s game against Middlesbrough was one-sided with the Reds created plenty of chances. John O’Shea put Alex Ferguson’s men ahead in the 10th minute before Rooney produced his high quality strikes.

He audaciously lobbed a long-range shot over Boro goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer for the second goal and powered a first-time volley past the ‘keeper from the edge of the area for the third. In other fourth round games, Arsenal beat Wolves 2-0 and West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham tied 1-1. Charlton beat Yeovil 3-2 and Fulham was held to a 1-1 tie by Derby. Blackburn beat Colchester 3-0, Everton outplayed Sunderland 3-0 and Newcastle scored a 3-1 victory over Coventry.

Spanish La Liga

MADRID: Samuel Eto’o scored his league-leading 16th goal and FC Barcelona crushed Sevilla 4-0 to stretch its lead to 10 points.

The Cameroon forward’s 49th-minute tally began a second-half goal rush which included an own-goal by Sevilla forward Julio Baptista, and strikes by Ronaldinho and Ludovic Giuly.

The match was thought to be one of the toughest Barcelona would face this season. But the game was transformed when Barcelona mounted a devastating display which boosted its chances of winning its first league title since 1999. Also, Spain striker Fernando Torres scored his eighth goal of the season to help Atletico Madrid to a 3-1 victory over lowly Albacete. Barcelona leads the league with 51 points, followed by Real Madrid with 41. Valencia is in third place with 36 points, one ahead of Sevilla.