Man United Routs Ever­ton

The Washington Post Sunday - - Sports -

Manch­ester United scored four straight goals to beat Ever­ton, 4-2, yes­ter­day and took a five-point lead in the English Pre­mier League. Sec­ond-place Chelsea tied Bolton, 2-2.

United has 85 points, fol­lowed by Chelsea with 80. They play each other in the league May 9 and in the FA Cup fi­nal May 19.

Wayne Rooney put United ahead 3-2 at Good­i­son Park in the 79th minute when he latched onto a cross from John O’Shea, beat Tony Hib­bert and side-footed a shot past Ever­ton goal­keeper Iain Turner.

U.S. goal­keeper Tim Howard was in­el­i­gi­ble to play for Ever­ton un­der terms of his loan deal from United.

At Stam­ford Bridge, Chelsea fell be­hind in the 19th minute when Lubomir Micha­lik scored in his first start for Bolton af­ter Michael Essien and Salomon Kalou had failed to clear the ball. Three min­utes later, Kalou tied it with a header past Bolton goal­keeper Jussi Jaaske­lainen.

In the 34th, Kalou headed the ball against the bar. Bolton’s Idan Tal didn’t re­act quickly enough and the ball was de­flected over the line by Jaaske­lainen. Bolton struck in the 54th when a free kick from Tal was floated into the box. With Chelsea goal­keeper Petr Cech stranded, Kevin Davis nod­ded the ball home. . . .

In Ger­many, VfB Stuttgart moved closer to tak­ing the Bundesliga lead af­ter beat­ing Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach, 1-0, on Roberto Hil­bert’s goal in the 53rd minute. Stuttgart won its fifth straight game and took ad­van­tage of league leader Schalke’s 2-1 stum­ble to Bochum on Fri­day. Schalke has 62 points while Stuttgart has 61 and Werder Bre­men 60. Bre­men can take first place with a win to­day against Ar­minia Biele­feld. . . .

Paris Saint-Ger­main won 3-1 at Toulouse to ex­tend its un­beaten run to five.

Ma­jor League Soc­cer

Ed­die John­son spoiled Toronto FC’s home opener with a goal in the 81st minute that gave Kansas City a 1-0 win over the ex­pan­sion club that is win­less in its four MLS games.

John­son took the ball on the right side of the penalty box, cut inside and fired a low shot that seemed to hit a Toronto de­fender be­fore find­ing the cor­ner of the goal past the out­stretched hand of Greg Sut­ton for his third goal in four games.

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