Terry strike puts Blues into semis

London, March 23:

John Terry’s fourth-minute strike put Chelsea into the FA Cup semi-finals, earning a 1-0 victory over Newcastle on Wednesday to keep the Blues on course for their first league-cup double.

The England centreback’s goal at Stamford Bridge sent the Blues into the final four along with Liverpool and West Ham.

Liverpool reached the semi-finals by beating Birmingham City 7-0 on Tuesday and West Ham made it by winning 2-1 at Manchester City on Monday. The other quarter-final pits Charlton vs Middlesbrough.

With a 12-point lead, Chelsea is in position to win its second straight league title and is

chasing its first FA Cup crown since 2000. By contrast, Newcastle, which is 12th in the 20-club Premier League, has not won a domestic trophy since the 1955 FA Cup and Wednesday’s game may have been the final cup game for striker Alan Shearer, who has played 10 years for the Magpies without winning a title.

Spanish La Liga

MADRID: Ronaldo scored in injury time and Real Madrid drew Zaragoza 1-1 but slipped to third place in the Spanish league on Wednesday.

The strike by Ronaldo levelled with a 48th-minute goal by Diego Milito, the Argentine’s 14th of the season. Madrid’s draw appeared to deal a mortal blow to its faint hope of catching leader FC Barcelona, which it trails by 13 points with nine games remaining.

Osasuna replaced Madrid in second position with a 2-0 victory over lowly Real Sociedad, while Valencia dropped to fourth by drawing 1-1 with regional rival Villarreal.

Barcelona, which beat Getafe 3-1 on Tuesday, leads the league with 67 points. Osasuna has 55, Madrid 54 and Valencia 53.

Other 29th-round results were: Mallorca 1, Cadiz 0; Athletic Bilbao 1, Espanyol 1; Deportivo La Coruna 2, Malaga 1; Real Betis 1, Racing Santander 0; and Alaves 1, Celta Vigo 0.

Italian Cup

ROME: Santiago Solari’s 20th-minute goal gave defending champion Inter Milan a 1-0 win over Udinese in the first leg of the Italian Cup semi-finals.

In the other semi-final match, Massimo Mutarelli scored the winner in the 69th minute and Palermo rallied to beat AS Roma 2-1.

At San Siro, Santiago scored with his heel. Struggling Udinese provided little resistance and Inter seemed content with its one-goal lead the rest of the way. In Palermo, Simone Perrotta converted a cross from Honduran midfielder Edgard Alvarez to put Roma ahead 1-0 in the first minute.

But Palermo forward Franco Brienza equalised three minutes later. Mutarelli scored the winner when he connected on a close-range shot. The return legs are scheduled for April 12.