Man Utd win 4-0 to reach FA Cup semis

Carlos Tevez scored twice as Manchester United charged into the FA Cup semifinal with a 4-0 victory at Fulham on Saturday.

updated: March 08, 2009 12:08 IST
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Carlos Tevez scored twice as Manchester United charged into the FA Cup semifinal with a 4-0 victory at Fulham on Saturday while Chelsea eased through by winning 2-0 at second-tier Coventry.

Tevez netted twice before halftime at Craven Cottage, Wayne Rooney produced a quality strike and Park Ji-sung added the fourth as United stayed on course for an unprecedented five titles this season. Alex Ferguson's team won the Club World Cup in December, the League Cup last weekend, is seven points clear at the top of the Premier League and is also going strong in the Champions League.

With Cristiano Ronaldo rested ahead of Wednesday's Champions League game against Inter Milan and Dimitar Berbatov on the bench, Tevez started the game and put the Red Devils ahead in the 20th minute with a far post header after Rooney had guided a corner in his direction.

Rooney missed an easy chance when he hit the post from five meters (yards) from Park's center, but Tevez made it 2-0 in the 35th with a 30-meter (yard) run and shot into the top corner.

"It was a superb performance, he has so much great energy," Ferguson said of Tevez. "He was a jack in the box all day."

Rooney added the third in the 50th when Fulham gave the ball away on the edge of the area and the England striker measured his low shot inside the far post.

Park made the victory even more emphatic with a fourth in the 81st minute, his second of the season.

"Everyone was fit and fresh and bursting to play," Ferguson said. "It was exciting right from the word go, with energy and enjoyment. But it was a tricky cup game, Fulham were in form and we had to respect that. The last thing we needed was a draw."

Didier Drogba and Alex fired Chelsea into the semifinal with a victory at Coventry.

Guus Hiddink's team shook off the negative publicity that followed Ashley Cole's arrest and drunken behavior in a nightclub on Thursday and outplayed the second-tier Sky Blues with a goal in each half at the Ricoh Arena. Hiddink criticized the leftback for his behavior but still started the England defender in the cup game.

"I think that we can be very happy and satisfied with the win but also the way we played almost the total game. It's good to see that we are improving," Hiddink said after his fifth league and cup victory in a row after taking over from the fired Luiz Felipe Scolari a month ago.

"I thought we controlled the game very well and made a very beautiful second goal which killed the game."

Drogba gave Chelsea a 15th-minute lead at Coventry by punishing some woeful defending.

A poor back header by Scott Dann put teammate Ben Turner under pressure. Drogba won the ball from the defender, shrugged him off, rounded goalkeeper Keiran Westwood and fired the ball from an acute angle inside the near post with his left foot.

Michael Essien was back in the Chelsea squad after being absent for six months because of a knee injury, and went on in the 65th minute for John Obi Mikel.

Chelsea's second in the 72nd minute was a breakaway after the Blues cleared a long throw during a spell of rare Coventry pressure. Defender Alex charged upfield to arrive unmarked and meet a cross from Ricardo Quaresma with a straightforward tap-in.

Everton hosts Middlesbrough for a place in the semifinal while Arsenal welcomes second-tier Burnley in a fifth-round game.

In the only Premier League game this weekend, Robbie Keane scored an 89th-minute equalizer as Tottenham drew 1-1 at Sunderland after Kieran Richardson had netted for the home side in the third. The draw means that both teams are five points above the relegation zone with 10 games to go.

"I am confident we will be OK," said Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, who took over in late October when the team was in last place. "We have got enough quality in the team. We have lost one home game since I came to the club out of about 17 and that was to Everton 1-0 when we should have banked a draw so we are in good form."

In the race for promotion to the top flight, Wolves won 1-0 at Sheffield Wednesday to stay three points ahead of Birmingham, which edged Southampton 1-0. Third-place Reading twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Plymouth but is now seven points behind Wolves although Steve Coppell's Royals have two games in hand.