Man United Routs Everton
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.