The fourth round of the English FA Cup was devoid of upsets.
Substitute Wayne Rooney scored
two goals -- including a deft chip over goalie Paul James (video) -- to
give English Premier League leader Manchester United a 2-1 win over
Portsmouth. Arsenal snatched a 1-1 draw against fellow EPL club Bolton
Wanderers, while Watford beat West Ham United 1-0 in the third
all-Premier League clash at Upton Park.
Chelsea won 3-0 against third level Nottingham Forest, while Tottenham,
Blackburn, Fulham and Reading moved into the final 16 after wins over
League Championship (second level) opponents.
Third level Bristol City came the closest to pulling an upset with
a 2-2 draw with Premier League club Middlesbrough. Defender Richard Keogh began Bristol City's
comeback with his header off a free kick in the 53rd minute, and Scott Murray then tied the score
for the League One team with a volley from 20 yards five minutes later.
League One's Blackpool also earned a replay thanks to a 1-1 tie with
champion Lyon's winless streak hit three games as lowly Nice held on
for a 1-1 draw at Lyon's Gerland Stadium. Czech striker Milan Baros, who has
just joined Lyon from Aston Villa,
flicked home Sydney Govou's
pass to equalize five minutes after Ivorian
Bakari Kone put Nice ahead.
Lille moved within 13 points of Lyon with a
1-0 victory at Bordeaux on an own goal.
GERMANY. Werder Bremen
stayed ahead of Schalke 04 on goal difference at the top of the
Bundesliga with a 3-0 over Hannover on goals by Tim Borowski, Hugo Almeida and Per Mertesacker.
Schalke 04 defeated Eintracht Frankfurt, 3-1, on Saturday. Bayern
Munich trail by six points in third place after returning from
the six-week winter break with a costly 3-2 defeat at Borussia Dortmund
on Friday night.
ITALY. Inter Milan won its
record 14th straight Serie A game with a 2-0 win over Sampdoria on
goals by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and
Second-place Roma stayed 11 points behind Inter with a 1-0 win over
Siena. Lazio moved into fourth place by beating third-place Palermo,
NETHERLANDS. Goals by Jan-Paul Saeijs and Andres Oper
gave Roda JC a 2-0 over PSV and snapped the Eindhoven club's 19-match
unbeaten run. PSV's lead over Ajax was reduced to eight points as new
signing Leonardo's goal in
stoppage time gave the Amsterdam club a 3-2 win at Groningen after it
was 2-0 down at halftime.
SPAIN. Barcelona remained
in first place in La Liga, one point ahead of Sevilla, thanks to a 3-1
win over Celta on goals by Javier
Saviola, Ronaldinho and
Ludovic Giuly. Ronaldino's
hotly disputed penalty kick gave Barca the
lead in the 78th minute after Nene
had tied the score from the spot 11
minutes earlier. Sevilla remained one point behind thanks to a a 4-2
win at Levante -- its first league victory of 2007. Third-place Real
Madrid fell four points behind Barcelona wih a 1-0 loss at Villarreal.