Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 9th 2014 Contents LONDON---Chelsea kept up its remorseless
march to the English Premier League title
with a 4-0 thrashing of Tottenham yesterday,
while a rejuvenated Mesut Ozil helped Arsenal
secure a place in the FA Cup semifinals for
the first time since 2009.
With none of its title rivals---Liverpool, Arse-
nal and Manchester City---in league action
this weekend, Chelsea provisionally extended
its lead to seven points after capitalising on
a woeful second half from Spurs to score all
its goals in the final 34 minutes.
Samuel Eto o opened the scoring and then
was fouled in the area by Younes Kaboul, earn-
ing the French defender a straight red card.
Eden Hazard converted the 60th-minute
penalty, and substitute Demba Ba added two
late goals in the space of 75 seconds.
Liverpool and Arsenal are seven points
behind the leaders with a game in hand but
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho still thinks
Manchester City, which is nine points adrift
in fourth place having played three matches
less, is the title favourite.
"We don t have control of our destiny,"
Mourinho said, "if we win all our matches
then maybe we are not champions. If Man
City win all their games, they are champi-
Elsewhere in a truncated league programme,
beleaguered champion Manchester United
eased past West Bromwich Albion 3-0 to climb
to sixth and keep alive its faint hopes of fin-
ishing in the Champions League positions.
Arsenal beat Everton 4-1 at Emirates Stadium
to become the first team through to the last
four of the FA Cup, with substitute Olivier
Giroud scoring two of the hosts three goals
in the final 22 minutes.
Yet it was the display of Ozil that stood out,
the Germany playmaker responding to criticism
of his lackluster recent performances by scoring
the opening goal in the seventh minute, setting
up Giroud s second and working tirelessly for
"Physically he looked regenerated, with more
power in his runs," Arsenal manager Arsene
Wenger said, "and, as well, what I liked is he
did a lot of dirty work for a player like him."
Arsenal is without a trophy since 2005, with
the FA Cup its likeliest chance of ending the
drought after a drop in form in the league and
a 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the first leg
of the Champions League last 16.
The other FA Cup quarterfinal matches are
Tottenham s 24-year winless run at Stamford
Bridge extended to 27 matches after the team
imploded after a dominant first-half display.
Spurs stayed in fifth, four points behind City
having played three games more, but manager
Tim Sherwood believes finishing in the top
four is out of the question.
"The club talks about fourth---wake up,"
Sherwood said. "You can t legislate for the
capitulation, you can t have that. Lack of char-
acters, too many of them too nice to each
other and you need to show a bit more guts
and not want to be someone s mate all the
Mourinho is a game closer to winning the
title in his first season back at Stamford Bridge
and Chelsea s run-in is easier than all its rivals,
with Arsenal at home and Liverpool away the
only tough matches---on paper, at least.
With seven clean sheets in its last ten league
games and unbeaten in 14 matches, the team
is ekeing out wins even when it isn t playing
"We re grinding out results like the old
Mourinho teams," Chelsea captain John Terry
The game turned on a mistake by Spurs
defender Jan Vertonghen, who slipped and
compounded his error by trying to hook the
ball back to his goalkeeper. Eto o nipped in
and slotted a low finish into the corner.
Kaboul s red card then spelt the end for
Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney and Danny Wel-
beck scored for Man United at The Hawthorns,
boosting confidence in the team that dropped
to a season low after losing 2-0 at Olympiakos
in the Champions League 11 days ago.
"We were hurt after losing to Olympiakos
and we wanted to come and show everyone
we re a good team," Rooney said. "We played
with great energy and we always looked a
United is nine points behind City, which
plays defending champion Wigan in the FA
Cup on today in a repeat of the 2013 final.
In other league games, Fulham stayed in
last place after losing 3-1 at fellow struggler
Cardiff, which is third from bottom but level
on points with fourth-bottom West Brom.
Southampton won 1-0 at Crystal Palace thanks
to Jay Rodriguez s goal and Norwich drew 1-
1 with Stoke. (AP)
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Kilmarnock gave their hopes of
avoiding the Scottish Premiership s
relegation playoff spot a welcome
boost with a 4-2 win over bottom side
Hearts at Rugby Park, yesterday.
An own goal by Hearts captain Danny
Wilson set "Killie" on their way and a
double by Kris Boyd, after Dale Carrick
had brought Hearts level, seemed to
put the home side out of sight.
A goal by Sam Nicholson briefly re-
vived the contest for Hearts, before a
Michael Gardyne strike sealed the
valuable three points for Kilmarnock.
The victory lifts Kilmarnock to
within three points of seventh-placed
Hibernian, who drew 3-3 at home with
Motherwell in yesterday s other Scot-
tish Premiership fixture.
The clash was a thrilling one which
saw John Sutton salvage a draw for
Motherwell with a dramatic late
Kilmarnock boost survival push
BERLIN---Bayern Munich blitzed Wolfs-
burg with five goals in 17 minutes to come
from a goal down and win 6-1 for a new
Bundesliga record of 16 consecutive vic-
Bayern, which provisionally extended
its lead in the table to 23 points, also
stretched its Bundesliga record unbeaten
run to 49 games and remains on course
to complete the season without defeat.
Second-place Borussia Dortmund, which
plays at Freiburg today, visits Munich on
April 12 in what is likely to be the defending
champion s toughest remaining challenge.
Also, Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored a hat-
trick as Schalke beat Hoffenheim 4-0 and
Borussia Moenchengladbach lost 2-1 at
home to Augsburg. Stuttgart ended its
eight-game losing streak but could draw
only 2-2 at home with bottom side Ein-
tracht Braunschweig, injury-hit Hamburger
SV drew 1-1 at home with fellow relegation
candidate Eintracht Frankfurt, and Bayer
Leverkusen remains without a win in six
games across all competitions after drawing
1-1 at Hannover.
Werder Bremen won 2-0 at Nuremberg,
through a Franco di Santo volley and
deflected shot from Philipp Bargfrede in
Aaron Hunt was awarded a penalty after
Bargfrede scored, but the Bremen captain
informed the referee he wasn t fouled and
the decision was reversed. Nuremberg s
Hiroshi Kiyotake displayed a similar gesture
of fair play in the first half.
Wolfsburg started brightly, pressuring
Bayern and disrupting the visitors passing
game. Pep Guardiola s side managed to
turn the game around only after Thiago
Alcantara and former Wolfsburg striker
Mario Mandzukic came on early in the
second half, as Bayern claimed its 22nd
win from 24 games.
Brazilian defender Naldo gave Wolfsburg
a deserved lead in the 17th minute.
Xherdan Shaqiri equalised in a goal-
mouth scramble after a corner in the 26th.
Patrick Ochs twice cleared off the line
from David Alaba, and Shaqiri bundled
the rebound over the line.
The home side remained strong, how-
ever, prompting the introduction of
Mandzukic and Thiago. The latter had an
immediate effect, playing a superb pass
for Thomas Mueller to run through and
score in the 63rd.
Mandzukic shot to the corner three min-
utes later, Arjen Robben set up Franck
Ribery in the 71st, Mueller claimed his
second in the 78th, and then set up
Mandzukic for the Croat s league-leading
16th goal of the season two minutes later.
Arsenal's Mesut Özil, fights for the ball with Everton's John Stones and James McCarthy,
during their FA Cup quarterfinal football match, at Emirates Stadium, in London, yesterday.
Arsenal won 4-1. AP PHOTO
Chelsea trounces Spurs
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