London, March 17:
Newcastle and AZ Alkmaar reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup, and Villarreal held Steaua Bucharest to a 0-0 draw in their first leg match. Alan Shearer scored his 190th and 191st goals for Newcastle, which beat Olympiakos 4-0 and 7-1 on aggregate. Kieron Dyer opened the scoring in the 18th minute, taking a chip from Laurent Robert in the box and twisting around to poke the ball past Olympiakos goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis at the near post. Shearer missed two first-half chances, sending one over the bar and a header wide. He finally scored in the 45th minute from a Dyer cross which hit the legs of Nikopolidis as it went in. Newcastleâ€™s third goal came in the 54th with Nikopolidis scooping Lee Bowyerâ€™s header off the line but unable to keep out the midfielderâ€™s follow up.
Shearer scored again in the 69th minute, running onto a Jermaine Jenas pass, eluding Nikopolidis and chipping the ball into the net. AZ Alkmaar joined Newcastle in quarters with a 2-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk for a 5-2 aggregate win. Barry van Galen and Martijn Meerdink scored for AZ. Blumer Elano scored for Shakhtar. Also, CSKA Moscow and Partizan Belgrade drew 1-1 in the first leg, as did Zaragoza and Austria Vienna. Parma hosts Seville after a 0-0 first-leg draw.
LONDON: Jerome Thomas and Danny Murphy scored a goal each to lead Charlton over London rival Tottenham 2-0. Charlton moved up one place to seventh with the win, while Tottenham stayed in ninth. Also, Liverpool drew 0-0 with Blackburn, again missing a chance to gain ground on fourth-place Everton. Liverpool has 44 points, seven points behind Everton, which holds the final Champions League spot. Charlton took the lead in the fourth minute with Thomas scoring from 25 yards. Murphy scored from a free kick with five minutes left.
Spanish La Liga
MADRID: Forward Daniel Kome and substitute Miguel Angel â€œMichelâ€ Carrilero scored second-half goals, and Getafe rallied to earn a 2-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao. Getafe climbed to 12th place with 35 points, 11 clear of the relegation zone. Bilbao stayed in 10th place with 38 points. Bilbao took the lead in the 37th minute through Santi Ezquerro. Getafe levelled in the 63rd minute when Kome headed on a long-range drive by Mariano Pernia past goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia. Michel fired the winner in the 79th minute after receiving a pass from the right by Ivan â€œRikiâ€ Sanchez. With 10 rounds to go, FC Barcelona leads with 65 points, followed by Real Madrid (54). Villarreal has 47, two more than Espanyol and Real Betis. Sevilla and Valencia have 43.
FLORENCE: AS Roma advanced to the Italian Cup semis with a 7-6 shootout win over Fiorentina. Giuseppe Scurto scored the winning penalty to give Roma coach Bruno Conti his first since taking over Luigi Del Neri. Fiorentina won the second-leg match 1-0 with Roma
defender Matteo Ferrari scoring an own-goal on a wayward deflection in the 12th minute. Roma won the first leg by the same score. Fiorentina scored first in the shootout, and then took the lead when Romaâ€™s Antonio Cassano had his shot blocked by Fiorentinaâ€™s Argentine goalkeeper Sebastian Cejas. The teamâ€™s matched each other shot for shot until Fiorentina striker Fabrizio Miccoli missed a chance to win the match by sending a weak shot at Romaâ€™s reserve â€˜keeper Gianluca Curci. At 6-6, Fiorentina defender Tomas Ujfalusi hit the post and Scurto followed with a shot that bounced in off the post.