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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan, 21, 2006

Everton wins its fourth straight game

LONDON -- Everton won its fourth straight English Premier League game Saturday, defeating Arsenal 1-0 on James Beattie's goal in the 13th minute.

Beattie scored his seventh goal of the season when he chased Tim Cahill's ball, slipped between Sol Campbell and Philippe Senderos and sent a shot behind Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.

"We are on a run now, and it's much easier to be a manager when you are winning than when you are losing," Everton manager David Moyes said.

It was visiting Arsenal's seventh loss in the league this year, six coming on the road. Arsenal seldom threatened against Everton, and during second-half injury time Francesc Fabregas was sent off with a red card.

"We lost a game where in the end it was all down to long balls -- and us not finding our chances." Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "We tried very hard to respond in the second half, but Everton was strong."

The loss left Arsenal in fifth place with 37 points -- 24 behind league-leading Chelsea. Everton improved to 29 points.

Neil Mellor scored in second-half injury time to give Wigan a 3-2 victory at Middlesbrough, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit. Wigan has 37 points in sixth place -- tied with Arsenal but trailing on goal difference.

Also, fourth-place Tottenham was held to a 0-0 tie by Aston Villa.

Italian League
ROME -- Inter Milan moved within five points of Italian league leader Juventus after beating Palermo 3-0.

Esteban Cambiasso, Ivan Ramiro Cordoba and Luis Figo scored a goal each for Inter, which won for the 15th time this season and has 48 points.

Juventus, which plays Empoli on Sunday, leads the league with 53 points.

Cambiasso scored the first goal in the 33rd minute with a header off a corner kick. Cordoba made it 2-0 in the 76th, deflecting the ball in off a corner. Palermo defender Christian Terlizzi had the last touch as it was crossing the line.

Figo, who joined Inter from Real Madrid in the off season, scored the final goal four minutes later with a free kick.

Nine-man Lazio stretched its unbeaten streak to six games in a 1-1 draw against visiting Cagliari.

Paolo Di Canio put Lazio in the lead in the 36th minute by heading in a long cross from Massimo Oddo. Massimo Gobbi scored the tying goal in the 69th.

Lazio lost its first player in the 41st when defender Sebastiano Siviglia was ejected for overreacting to a foul by Nelson Abejon. Lazio captain Fabio Liverani then received a red card in the 79th for elbowing an opponent.

Spanish League
MADRID, Spain -- Roberto Carlos, David Beckham and Robinho each scored in a 15-minute span in the second half, and Real Madrid rallied to beat Cadiz 3-1 in the Spanish league.

It was Madrid's fourth straight victory in league and cup play and lifted the team into third place with 36 points. The 29-time league champions trail leader Barcelona by 10 points.

Madrid played without five injured players, including Ronaldo and Raul Gonzalez. Madrid got its first goal in the 68th minute when Roberto Carlos sent a free kick through the Cadiz wall.

Beckham then tapped another free kick to Roberto Carlos, who stopped the ball for the English midfielder to curl into the corner for Madrid's second goal. Robinho added the third when he volleyed home from outside the area.

Cadiz got its only goal from striker Alexandre Medina in the 54th minute.

Earlier, Atletico Madrid ended its 10-game winless streak in the league by beating Zaragoza 2-0. Maxi Rodriguez and Fernando Torres scored a goal each.

It was the third meeting between the two teams in the last 10 days. Zaragoza eliminated Atletico from the Copa del Rey in a home-and-home series.

French league
PARIS -- Bordeaux beat struggling Strasbourg 2-1 in the French league, getting an injury-time winner from Julien Faubert.

Faubert scored in the third minute of injury time. Ulrich Le Pen had given Strasbourg the lead, but Brazilian midfielder Fernando equalized.

Sammy Traore headed in a late winner for Nice in its 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain.

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