Torres ends drought as Chelsea reaches FA Cup semi


LONDON (AP) -- Fernando Torres ended a 26-game goal drought as Chelsea reached the FA Cup semifinals on Sunday, and Liverpool ensured a second trip to Wembley Stadium this season on a weekend overshadowed by concern over critically ill Bolton player Fabrice Muamba.

Torres scored twice in a 5-2 win over Leicester and Chelsea will face the winner of the Tottenham-Bolton quarterfinal, abandoned on Saturday after Muamba went into cardiac arrest on the field. The Bolton midfielder remained in critical condition in intensive care.

After Gary Cahill opened the scoring for Chelsea, the defender raised his jersey to reveal a "Pray 4 Muamba" T-shirt in tribute to his former Bolton teammate.

"It was a very difficult day for him and the whole football community, all our thoughts are with Fabrice," Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said.

Liverpool, which won the League Cup last month, beat Stoke 2-1 to secure a potential semifinal derby if Everton can overcome Sunderland in a replay.

In the Premier League, Manchester United (22-3-4) won 5-0 at last-place Wolverhampton (5-17-7) to move four points head of Manchester City (21-4-3). United also cut City's goal-difference advantage to three.

At Stamford Bridge, Torres scored off Raul Meireles' pass in the 67th minute for a 3-0 lead, his first goal in 25 hours, 41 minutes of action since scoring twice against Genk in the Champions League on Oct. 19.

He added a near-post header in the 85th for his sixth goal of the season and just his seventh in 52 appearances for Chelsea, which acquired him from Liverpool in January 2011 for 50 million pounds (then $80 million).

Chelsea has won four straight since Roberto Di Matteo took over as interim manager after Andre Villas-Boas was fired.

Newcastle strengthened its grip on sixth place with a 1-0 victory over Norwich, with Papiss Demba Cisse scoring in the 11th minute for the hosts.


MADRID (AP) -- Santi Cazorla scored on a spectacular free kick that beat goalkeeper Iker Casillas in the second minute of stoppage time, giving Malaga a 1-1 tie at Real Madrid on Sunday that cut the host's Spanish league lead over second-place Barcelona to eight points.

Karim Benzema marked his first start back from a leg injury with a goal on a 35th-minute header off a cross from Cristiano Ronaldo. But Real Madrid's eight-game league winning streak ended along with Ronaldo's streak of scoring in seven straight matches overall.

With 11 games left, Real Madrid (23-2-2) has 71 points to 63 for Barcelona (19-2-6), the three-time defending league champion.


COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- American defender Clarence Goodson scored the tiebreaking goal on a header in the 75th minute, giving Brondby a 2-1 win over Nordsjaelland in the Danish league.

It was the second goal of the season for Goodson, who also scored against Copenhagen on Nov. 20.