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 Wednesday, 4 December, 2002, 21:39 GMT
Awesome Chelsea thrash Everton
Everton's Joseph Yobo (left) looks on as Chelsea's Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scores
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scores to put Chelsea ahead
Chelsea 4-1 Everton

Chelsea marched into the quarter-finals of the Worthington Cup with a thrilling 4-1 win over Everton.

Gianfranco Zola was their inspiration, setting up first-half goals for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Emmanuel Petit.

And two goals in the space of two second-half minutes put the tie beyond doubt, a Mario Stanic header and a Hasselbaink special sealing the win.

Key moments
26 mins: Hasselbaink scores from Zola's pass
44 mins: Petit volleys home
69 mins: Stanic heads home from a corner
71 mins: Hasselbaink makes it 4-0
79 mins: Rooney misses penalty
80 mins: Naysmith makes it 4-1

Everton's misery was compounded 11 minutes from time when Wayne Rooney missed a penalty, but Gary Naysmith did bundle in a consolation a minute later.

Everton went into the game with Rooney joining Kevin Campbell and Tomas Radzinski in a three-man strikeforce.

But it was the home side that had the first real chance, Zola sliding Celestine Babayaro's cross wide of the post after 10 minutes.

A blunder from William Gallas gave Everton a clear sight of goal four minutes later, but Mark Pembridge flashed his shot wide.

Having soaked up Everton's early pressure, Chelsea began to dominate, although they were restricted to long-range shots.

It finally took a piece of inspiration from Zola to break the deadlock.

We have not won anything for a couple of years, so that's why we take every competition seriously

Zola

His left-foot pass split open the Everton defence, allowing Hasselbaink to slot the ball past Richard Wright.

Petit doubled the lead a minute before the break - and again it was Zola's vision that made the goal possible.

The Italian chipped the ball into the Everton box, where Petit struck the ball home on the volley.

Zola thought he had sealed the win eight minutes after the break when he latched on to Petit's pass and beat Wright.

But the flag had long since gone up for offside.

Zola was replaced by Gudjohnsen after 58 minutes just seconds after hitting the bar from a free-kick.

Everton's teenage striker Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney missed a second-half penalty
But Chelsea were not finished - and two goals in the space of two minutes put the result beyond doubt.

Hasselbaink sent in a vicious corner that Stanic headed powerfully into the net.

Then Hasselbaink found the back of the net with a 20-yard drive.

Rooney had a chance to reduce the deficit when Everton were awarded a penalty after Gallas had handballed.

But Carlo Cudicini saved the teenager's spotkick only to see Naysmith prod home the resulting corner.


Chelsea: Cudicini, Melchiot, Babayaro, Gallas, Terry, Lampard, Stanic, Petit, Gronkjaer, Zola, Hasselbaink. Subs: de Goey, Desailly, Morris, De Lucas, Gudjohnsen.

Everton: Wright, Pistone, Unsworth, Weir, Yobo, Pembridge, Tie Li, Gravesen, Campbell, Radzinski, Rooney. Subs: Simonsen, Stubbs, Naysmith, Gemmill, Hibbert.

Referee: P Durkin (Dorset).

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