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Diego Costa plunged Chelsea into
fresh controversy in its nightmare
season yesterday by seeing red as
Everton ended the London team s
last hope of a title in the FA Cup.
Chelsea had just been humiliated
by former striker Romelu Lukaku
scoring twice in five minutes, includ-
ing a breathtaking solo goal, when
Costa was sent off in the 84th minute
of Everton s 2-0 win in the quarter-
The fiery striker thrust his head at
Gareth Barry, then sunk his teeth
toward the Everton midfielder s neck
in a biting motion, earning a second
yellow card. There was no immediate
reaction from Barry to suggest he had
been bitten but Costa was dismissed
for the first time in two seasons at
Everton also ended with 10 men
after Barry himself was shown a sec-
ond yellow card three minutes later
for catching Cesc Fabregas.
The FA Cup exit followed Chelsea
being eliminated from the Champions
League by Paris Saint-Germain on
Any hopes of defending the Pre-
mier League trophy were extinguished
long ago, with Chelsea currently 10th
and highly likely to miss out on Euro-
pean football next season.
Manchester City doesn t look like
it will be succeeding Chelsea as Pre-
mier League champions after being
held 0-0 at Norwich on Saturday to
stay fourth, nine points behind sur-
prise leader Leicester.
The late dismissals at Goodison
Park overshadowed Lukaku s superb
goals which left Chelsea to rue
offloading the Belgium striker in 2014,
having spent most of his career on
loan away from Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku s first goal came in the 77th
minute after Ross Barkley slipped the
ball through to him on the left wing.
Lukaku slalomed past two players
before cutting inside past defenders
Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav
Ivanovic and striking low past com-
patriot Thibaut Courtois.
The Belgium goalkeeper was beaten
again in the 82nd when Lukaku put
the ball through his legs.
So, unlike in 2009, Guus Hiddink
will not be ending this interim spell
as Chelsea manager by lifting the FA
And Jose Mourinho s permanent
successor will have to rebuild the
squad by attracting players to a team
likely out of Europe. At the same
time, Chelsea is still dealing with the
legal fallout from Mourinho s rift
with its former team doctor on the
opening day of the season as Eva
Carneiro s constructive dismissal
case heads to a public tribunal hear-
Benitez has break clause
in deal in case Newcastle
NEWCASTLE---Rafa Benitez says
there is a break clause in his contract
allowing him to leave Newcastle
should the team get relegated from
the English Premier League.
The Spaniard was hired as New-
castle manager on Friday, with the
club next to last in the league with
10 games remaining.
Fired as Real Madrid coach in Jan-
uary, Benitez was presented as the
new manager yesterday and said it
was "normal" to have the break
clause in his deal.
Benitez said: "I am coming here
trying to do my best to stay in the
Premier League and if I have a com-
promise for the future, it s because
I am convinced that we will do well.
I want to stay here."
Benitez s first game in charge is
against league leader Leicester
Barca's 6-0 rout
of Getafe before
BARCELONA---Lionel Messi scored
one goal and figured in four more to
keep Barcelona on course to retain-
ing its Spanish league title with
a 6-0 rout of Getafe yesterday,
increasing its Spanish record to
37 games without a loss in all
The only blemish on Messi s
superb display was a missed penal-
ty in the first half. Otherwise, the
Argentina forward led a dominant
performance that suggests prob-
lems for Arsenal as the London
club bids to overturn a 2-0 loss in
their Champions League round-
of-16 second leg on Wednesday.
Barcelona never looked back
after an opening own-goal by
Getafe s Juan Rodriguez.
Messi made up for his missed
spot kick by scoring to make it 4-
0 before halftime while also assist-
ing Neymar for two goals and
Munir El Haddadi on another.
Barcelona extended its advantage
to 11 points before second-place
Atletico Madrid hosts Deportivo
La Coruna later Saturday.
"We are in a favorable position,"
said Barcelona manager Luis
Enrique. "When we are in-sync
and quick to circulate the ball, it s
tough to stop us. This team is one-
of-a-kind, different from the rest.
It makes winning like this look
Third-place Real Madrid will trail
Barcelona by 15 points when it vis-
its Las Palmas today.
Also yesterday, Iago Aspas scored
with a brilliant chipped shot to
give Celta Vigo a 1-0 win over Real
Sociedad and go provisionally fifth.
Barcelona got its 12th straight
league win without striker Luis
Suarez, kept on the bench by Luis
Enrique ahead of Wednesday s
MILAN--- Empoli snatched a 1-1
draw against Sampdoria in Serie A
Fabio Quagliarella looked to have
given Sampdoria the win with an
effort which was deflected in by Vin-
cent Laurini shortly before halftime.
However, Empoli rescued a point
when Laurini redeemed himself eight
minutes from time, rushing in at the
far post to head in Mario Rui s free
kick from the edge of the right side
of the area. It was the defender s first
goal in professional football.
Empoli had a goal disallowed and
also hit the post in the first half.
PARIS--- Marseille had goalkeep-
er Steve Mandanda to thank for
scraping a 1-1 draw at Lorient in
the French league yesterday as its
miserable season continues.
While runaway league leader
Paris Saint-Germain can seal a
fourth straight title in style with
eight games to go if it wins at
Troyes today, Marseille is provi-
sionally in ninth place and trails
PSG by 35 points.
Mandanda has been his side s
best player and the France No. 2
made a brilliant save from left back
Raphael Guerreiro late on as Mar-
seille drew its league-leading 15th
game this season.
"Luckily we had Mandanda, so
a big thanks to him," Marseille s
Spanish coach Michel said, while
also criticizing his team s attitude.
"Steve is the soul of the club. He
knows what Marseille s all about
and tries to get that across to the
It does not seem to be working,
however, as Marseille has not won
in six matches---drawing five
straight since losing 2-1 at home
to PSG on February 7.
"We have to face up to things
and find the real answers," a stern-
faced Michel said after another
Striker Majeed Waris gave Lori-
ent the lead in the 34th minute
and Chile midfielder Mauricio
Isla---on loan from Italian cham-
pion Juventus--- equalized just after
BERLIN---Thomas Mueller scored
twice as Bayern Munich warmed
up for Juventus in the Champions
League by easing to a 5-0 rout of
Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga
Thiago Alcantara opened the
scoring in the ninth minute when
he beat his marker to Kingsley
Coman s sharp cross.
Coman was again provider for
the second in the 31st, beating a
defender on the left and crossing
for Mueller to convert past Bremen
goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald.
Mario Goetze, playing for the
first time since getting injured on
international duty on Oct. 8, had
two efforts on goal, and went off
shortly after his second attempt
in the 50th.
Mueller sealed the game with
his 19th goal of the season in the
65th, converting the rebound after
Wiedwald saved Franck Ribery s
volley from 20 meters (yards).
Robert Lewandowski, who came
on for Mueller in the 74th, claimed
his 24th goal of the campaign in
the 86th, and there was still time
for Thiago---who also struck the
crossbar from distance after the
break---to complete the scoring in
the final minute, again set up by
former Juventus player Coman.
Costa sent off, Lukaku nets as...
Everton ousts Chelsea
Everton and Chelsea players remonstrate with referee Michael Oliver after a tackle by Chelsea's Diego Costa, third
right, on Everton's Gareth Barry during the English FA Cup quarter-final soccer match between Everton and
Chelsea at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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