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Chelsea cheered by cup success

Published: Monday 28 February 2005, 14.33CET
Chelsea FC had the most to celebrate of the 16 contenders after winning the English League Cup. features

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Published: Monday 28 February 2005, 14.33CET

Chelsea cheered by cup success

Chelsea FC had the most to celebrate of the 16 contenders after winning the English League Cup.
Chelsea FC had the most to celebrate on a busy weekend for the UEFA Champions League contenders as they defeated Liverpool FC 3-2 after extra time on Sunday to lift the English League Cup.

Chelsea silverware
José Mourinho earned his first silverware as Chelsea manager despite John Arne Riise putting Liverpool in front after only 43 seconds at the Millennium Stadium. Chelsea drew level when Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard headed into his own goal with just ten minutes to play and though Mourinho was dismissed from the touchline for a gesture he made soon after the goal, Chelsea went on to win in his absence. Extra-time strikes from Didier Drogba and Mateja Kezman set up the victory before Antonio Núñez pulled one back for Liverpool.

Rooney double
Manchester United FC took advantage of Chelsea's inactivity in the Premiership to close the gap on the leaders to six points with a 2-1 win against Portsmouth FC. Ruud van Nistelrooij returned to the starting lineup for the first time since November, but it was Wayne Rooney who did the damage with both United goals. Fredrik Ljungberg, meanwhile, scored for Arsenal FC who were held to a 1-1 draw away to Southampton FC. An unhappy afternoon for the Londoners was compounded by injury to Robert Pirès and the dismissal of Robin van Persie.

Madrid malaise
FC Barcelona extended their lead in the Primera División to eight points despite a 1-1 draw at bottom club CD Numancia, as Real Madrid CF lost 2-0 away to RC Deportivo La Coruña. A bad night for Madrid got worse when Zinedine Zidane hobbled off after only 27 minutes with a groin strain. Barcelona too were sweating on the fitness of Ludovic Giuly and Juliano Belletti after the draw with Numancia, Rafael Márquez's 46th-minute strike earning Frank Rijkaard's side a point.

Milan marvel
FC Internazionale Milano fell to their first defeat of the season in the Milan derby as Kaká's 74th-minute effort took Carlo Ancelotti's team back to the top of Serie A. They are level on points with Juventus FC who had earlier eased to a 3-0 win against AC Siena thanks to two goals from Alessandro del Piero and one from Emerson.

Porto draw
Inter's opponents, reigning European champions FC Porto, drew 1-1 at home with arch-rivals SL Benfica in a typically competitive match on Monday night, Benni McCarthy's goal cancelled out 12 minutes from time by Geovanni's header. Both teams remain level at the top of the SuperLiga. Jorge Costa made his comeback for Porto after two months out.

Bayern pushed
There was no change at the top in Germany where the front three all won. Sebastian Deisler crowned his first start for FC Bayern München in four months by scoring the only goal of the game at SC Freiburg. Bayern's joy was tempered by the news that Mehmet Scholl picked up a thigh injury and will miss the second-leg tie with Arsenal.

Schalke win
FC Schalke 04 are level with Bayern on 47 points after beating Hannover 96 1-0. Werder Bremen thrashed VfL Bochum 1848 4-0 to stay within three points of the leading pair. However, a Dimitar Berbatov goal was not enough for Bayer 04 Leverkusen who lost ground following a 1-1 home draw with VfB Stuttgart.

Lyon stretch lead
Olympique Lyonnais strengthened their bid for a fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title by defeating local rivals AS Saint-Etienne 3-2. Sylvain Wiltord, Florent Malouda and Pierre-Alain Frau got the goals for Paul Le Guen's in-form side. AS Monaco FC saw their title hopes dented by losing 2-1 at OGC Nice.

PSV in command
Monaco's Champions League opponents PSV Eindhoven maintained their four-point advantage at the top of the Eredivisie by beating SC Heerenveen 3-0. Jefferson Farfán registered twice after Ji-Sung Park had opened the scoring for Guus Hiddink's men in the 39th minute.

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