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Under the watchful eye of Sergei
Bubka himself, it was perfect sym-
metry as Frenchman Renaud Lavil-
lenie cleared 6.16 metres to break the
indoor pole vault world record in the
same Ukrainian city of Donetsk more
than 20 years later.
It felt like fate unfolding, with Bubka
revealing he had spoken to Lavillenie
about his record the night before.
"For me, Bubka remains one of the
best athletes of all time---of course in
pole vault, but in track and field in
general. And to think that I've beaten
him---it was unthinkable just a few
years ago," Lavillenie said, which cap-
tured the feat. "My phone is ringing
every 15 seconds. There it goes again.
I have moved into another dimension
... it's just pure joy."
With Bubka cheering from the
stands in Donetsk yesterday, Lavillenie
cleared the bar comfortably in Bubka's
home city, almost to the day the pole
vault great achieved 6.15 on February
21, 1993. (AP)
Bubka watches Lavillenie break his world record
MANCHESTER---Manchester City pow-
ered forward with ease into the FA Cup
quarterfinals yesterday, overcoming Pre-
mier League title rival Chelsea 2-0 to main-
tain its quadruple chase.
Stevan Jovetic and Samir Nasri provided
the goals to avenge a 1-0 league loss this
month, with a formidable City in complete
control and preventing Chelsea from hitting
the target once.
"We can beat everyone," Jovetic said. "We
learnt something (from losing to Chelsea),
you could see that on the pitch."
Although Chelsea leads the league, City
is only three points behind in third with a
game in hand after its midweek game was
postponed due to bad weather.
City also remains in Champions League
contention, facing Barcelona at the Etihad
Stadium on Tuesday, and meets Sunderland
in the League Cup final next month.
Sunderland also advanced in the FA Cup,
with Craig Gardner clinching a 1-0 victory
Wigan maintained its cup defense by
winning 2-1 at Cardiff, with Ben Watson,
whose goal clinched the cup before the team
was relegated from the topflight last May,
netting the winner in south Wales.
In today's headline fixture in the fifth
round, Arsenal hosts Liverpool in another
meeting of Premier League title rivals.
With City hosting Barcelona in the Cham-
pions League on Tuesday, beating Chelsea
showed the enviable depth of resources
available at Manuel Pellegrini's disposal.
Jovetic, who is only City's fourth-choice
striker despite being signed last year at a
cost of 24 million pounds ($40 million),
first came close when he struck the crossbar
from the rebound after goalkeeper Petr Cech
fumbled Yaya Toure's strike.
Jovetic hit the woodwork again in the
16th minute but this time the ball went over
the line as City ripped through a Chelsea
defense missing captain John Terry.
David Silva played in Edin Dzeko, who
sent the ball out for Jovetic to strike off the
post into the bottom left. It was just Jovetic's
sixth goal of an injury-hit start to his City
City was far more assertive and cohesive
than the side that was beaten here by
Chelsea less than two weeks ago, with Dzeko
also testing Cech with a curling shot.
How different this game was. After failing
to get a sight of goal in the first half, Chelsea
striker Samuel Eto'o was replaced at half-
time, with Mohamed Salah coming on.
The January signing didn't help to trans-
form Chelsea's fortunes, and forward Fer-
nando Torres was brought off the bench on
the hour to replace Ramires, taking a central
position as Salah shifted to the right.
But it was a City substitution that made
a bigger impact as Nasri, in his first appear-
ance in a month, completed an incisive
move to score six minutes after coming on.
After receiving the ball from Nasri, Silva
squared it back to the Frenchman, who con-
tinued his run to dart into space between
defenders David Luiz and Gary Cahill, and
slot the ball in from close range.
It was City's 117th goal of a season that
should end with a trophy unlike last year
under Roberto Mancini.
Chelsea can only win on two fronts---the
Premier League and Champions League---
and Jose Mourinho's side has the edge over
City domestically having won both league
"We were never close to scoring or being
dominant, or bringing a scare to the game,"
Mourinho said. "Today there was a different
freshness between the teams ... and one
team had a week without professional foot-
ball," he added. (AP)
Man City reaches FA
BERLIN---Bayern Munich stretched its Bun-
desliga lead to 16 points with a comfortable 4-
0 win over Freiburg yesterday, while Hamburger
SV slipped into full crisis mode by losing 4-2
at bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig.
Dante headed Bayern into a 19th-minute lead
and Xherdan Shaqiri scored with deflected shots
in the 34th and 42nd. Claudio Pizarro completed
the rout in the 88th as Bayern stretched its league
record unbeaten run to 46 games.
"It's always hard when the whole world says
you have to win," said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola
after his side's 13th consecutive Bundesliga vic-
Guardiola rested several players with an eye
on Wednesday's Champions League round-of-
16 first leg at Arsenal.
But Shaqiri will miss the game after tearing
a muscle at the back of his right thigh in the
second half. French winger Franck Ribery was
already out after undergoing surgery on a burst
blood vessel in his buttock.
Second-placed Bayer Leverkusen later lost 2-
1 at home to Schalke, which is on a four-game
Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka won the ball
from Lars Bender, lifted it over an incoming
defender's challenge and then chipped the goal-
keeper in the 28th.
Leverkusen equalized in the 66th after Schalke
defender Felipe Santana cleared off the line but
conceded an own goal from the resulting cor-
The home side was left to rue several missed
chances when Klaas Jan Huntelaar headed a free
kick inside the far post in the 74th.
Leverkusen was knocked out of the German
Cup by second-division Kaiserslautern on
Wednesday and next faces Paris Saint-Germain
at home in the Champions League on Tuesday.
"We played the better football, I feel for the
team," Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia said. "If
we play like this on Tuesday I'll be happy. We
showed a lot of character."
Hamburg slumped to its seventh consecutive
league defeat, putting Dutch coach Bert van Mar-
wijk's job under threat after a week of boardroom
upheaval at the club.
"My job is not important right now," Van Mar-
wijk said after Domi Kumbela scored a hat trick
for Braunschweig to move within a point of his
Also yesterday, third-placed Borussia Dortmund
defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0, Werder Bremen
drew 1-1 with Borussia Moenchengladbach, and
Hoffenheim beat ten-man Stuttgart 4-1.
Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler's two mistakes
proved costly for his side in Braunschweig.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga marked his return for
the visitors by scoring Hamburg's first goal of
the year in the 23rd, with a hopeful header back
that looped over the goalkeeper. (AP)
...tops Chelsea 2-0
Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic, looks on
as he scores the opening goal past
Chelsea's goalkeeper Petr Cech, left and
Nemanja Matic during their English FA
Cup fifth round football match at the
Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England,
yesterday. Manchester won 2-0. AP PHOTO
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