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MADRID---Luis Suarez scored four goals
and Lionel Messi a hat trick as Barcelona
defeated 10-man Valencia 7-0 yesterday
to move into position to reach the Copa del
Rey final for the third straight season.
Suarez scored in the seventh and 12th min-
utes, and Messi got on the board in the 29th,
58th and 74th before Suarez closed the scoring
in the 83rd and 88th minutes.
Messi also hit the post once, and Neymar
missed a penalty kick just before halftime
of the semifinal at the Camp Nou. The second
leg is next week at Mestalla Stadium in Valen-
cia. Valencia, struggling since coach Gary
Neville took over less than two months ago,
played the entire second half a man down
after defender Shkodran Mustafi was sent
off for fouling Messi in the play that prompted
the penalty wasted by Neymar with a shot
into the post.
Barcelona's ninth win in a row kept alive
the team's 27-game unbeaten streak in all
competitions, one shy of its all-time record.
Barcelona hasn't lost a game since a 2-1
result at Sevilla in October in the Spanish
league. The Catalan club went 28 games
without a loss in the 2010-11 season.
The hosts opened the scoring after Neymar
helped steal a ball near midfield and set up
Suarez's low cross shot from inside the area.
Suarez added his second from near the penal-
ty spot after assists by Sergio Busquets and
Neymar's superb back-flick pass left Messi
in great position to score the third from close
range. It was Suarez who set up Messi with
a back-flick pass for the fourth goal, Messi
clearing two defenders inside the area before
finding the net. He got his hat trick with a
left-footed shot after Valencia defenders
failed to clear a ball in front of the goal.
Suarez capped his spectacular night with
a right-footed shot from inside the box, and
a late header. Valencia players said before
the match that their main goal coming into
the Camp Nou was to avoid a rout and stay
alive for the second leg at Mestalla. The Copa
del Rey is the only competition Valencia has
MILAN---Napoli and Juventus extended their club
record winning streaks to maintain their Serie A
title challenges yesterday, while Hellas Verona finally
recorded its first victory of the season.
Gonzalo Higuain netted his 23rd goal in as many
league games to help Napoli win at Lazio 2-0, and
match the club record of seven successive league vic-
tories, set in 1987-88. Juventus extended its run to
13 successive victories by beating Genoa 1-0 to remain
two points behind Napoli. Fiorentina is six points fur-
ther back after Mauro Zarate's stoppage-time goal
snatched a 2-1 victory over Carpi.
Fourth-place Inter got back to winning ways by
beating Chievo Verona 1-0, while AC Milan continued
where it had left off in Sunday's derby win with a 2-
0 victory at Palermo with Carlos Bacca and M'Baye
Niang both on the scoresheet again. At the other end
of the table, Verona beat 10-man Atalanta 2-1 to end
its worst streak; it was its first win in 23 matches.
Verona's worst negative streak before this year was
13 matches without a win in 1989-90.
Verona is 10 points from safety after 17th-place
Sampdoria drew 2-2 against Torino. Second-from-
bottom Frosinone also won, beating 10-man Bologna
1-0. Empoli rescued a 1-1 draw against Udinese.
Higuain is in the form of his life and had scored
nine in five Serie A matches against Lazio so it was
no surprise when he opened the scoring midway
through the first half. He gathered Jorginho's ball over
the top, played a swift one-two with Jose Callejon
and fired past Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti at
the second time of asking. Callejon got on the score-
sheet himself three minutes later, beating the offside
trap to run onto Lorenzo Insigne's marvelous ball over
the top and chip Marchetti.
The match was temporarily suspended midway
through the second half because of racist and dis-
criminatory chanting from the Lazio fans. In Turin,
the only goal of the game came after half an hour
when Juan Cuadrado dribbled into right side of area
and his cross was deflected in by Sebastien De Maio.
WATFORD---Chelsea failed to turn late pressure
into a goal in a 0-0 draw at Watford in the English
Premier League yesterday.
Eden Hazard's introduction from the bench in the
73rd minute sparked the champions into life after
they started sluggishly at Vicarage Road, but Watford
goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes produced brilliant saves
to deny Branislav Ivanovic and Diego Costa. Chelsea
didn't have a shot on target until the 60th minute,
with Watford creating the better openings early on
for Odion Ighalo and Etienne Capoue.
Chelsea hasn't lost in nine games under new coach
Guus Hiddink, but is in 13th place in a dismal defense
of its title, 11 points adrift of the European positions.
In the other match, Ross Barkley converted two late
penalties to complete Everton's 3-0 win over rele-
gation-threatened Newcastle. Aaron Lennon put
Everton ahead in the 23rd minute, swiveling just
inside the area after collecting Tom Cleverley's pass
and placing a low shot inside the post.
The hosts peppered Newcastle's goal, hitting the
goal frame twice through Barkley and when Jonjo
Shelvey headed against his own bar. Barkley secured
a first victory since Dec. 26 for Everton from the
penalty spot in the 88th after Lennon was fouled.
The England midfielder converted another spot kick
in injury time, donking the ball down the middle
after he was tripped by Jamaal Lascelles, who was
sent off for the foul.
Newcastle stayed third from bottom. (AP)
Saurez, 4, Messi 3, as Barcelona routs Valencia
a chance of winning in what has been a dismal season.
The team hasn't won in 11 league games, eight of them
under the command of former England player Neville.
Napoli, Juve push
for Serie A title
Chelsea held to
draw by Watford
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