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LONDON (AP) - A superb free kick from Oscar gave Chelsea a 1-0 win over Stoke in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday while Fulham needed an equalizer 15 minutes from time to draw 1-1 with third-tier strugglers Sheffield United, who were down to 10 men.
The Brazil midfielder scored in the 27th minute at Stamford Bridge with a curling 20-meter shot that ended in the top corner as Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic dived in vain.
Dangerous on the break and dominant in midfield, Chelsea almost doubled its lead soon after when Oscar hit the post. Andre Schurrle also hit the woodwork after the interval with a shot from a tight angle as Chelsea kept creating the better chances.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, whose team will face Premier League title rival Manchester City in the next round, was happy to avoid a replay - although he said his players could have won by a bigger margin on his 51st birthday.
“I think 1-0 is short for the way we played and for the way we controlled the game,” he said.
The draw for the fifth round set up clashes between the top four teams as Premier League leader Arsenal will be facing Liverpool while City will be hosting Mourinho’s team.
ROME (AP) - Ivory Coast forward Gervinho set up one goal and scored another as Roma moved within six points of Serie A leader Juventus with a 3-1 victory at Hellas Verona.
Gervinho provided the cross for Adem Ljajic’s goal in the 45th minute then scored himself on the hour mark after Iceland international Emil Hallfredsson had equalized in the 49th.
Roma’s 37-year-old captain Francesco Totti added a penalty in the 82nd.
Gianluigi Buffon was sent off and Juventus was held to a 1-1 draw at Lazio on Saturday, ending the two-time defending champion’s 12-match winning streak.
On Tuesday, Roma eliminated Juventus from the Italian Cup with a 1-0 win.
Later, struggling AC Milan visits Cagliari, Inter Milan hosts Catania and fourth-place Fiorentina faces Genoa in the night match.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz scored two goals and set up another in a 5-1 rout at 10-man Osasuna as the Basque club strengthened its grip on fourth place in the Spanish league.
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