The Full 90

Euro Roundup: Chelsea, Arsenal enjoy 6-0 routs; Barca wins 9th Supercup


LONDON — Chelsea and Arsenal crushed their Premier League opponents 6-0 Saturday in ruthless displays of their title credentials.

Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou scored two goals each for Chelsea at Wigan, a week after the defending champions trounced West Bromwich Albion by the same 6-0 score in the season-opener.

Chelsea had only led through Florent Malouda's goal at half time, but Anelka quickly netted twice after the break and after Yossi Benayoun completed the rout in stoppage time following Kalou's double.

"We scored six, but we suffered a lot in the first half," Chelsea striker Didier Drogba said. "The fact that we scored quickly at the start of the second half settled us down a lot."

Arsenal responded to its draw at Liverpool by routing newcomer Blackpool, with Theo Walcott scoring his first hat trick for the club as it chases its first title since 2004.

"What was pleasing today with Theo was that he made the right decisions in the final third and was calm in front of goal," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "He could finish but also give final balls. That shows he has improved."

Tottenham, which finally broke into the Premier League's top four last season, relied on Gareth Bale's double to edge Stoke 2-1.

Craig Gardner also scored twice as Birmingham beat Blackburn 2-1, Johan Elmander's pair helped Bolton win 3-1 at West Ham, Peter Odemwingie scored in his West Bromwich Albion debut to clinch a 1-0 victory over Sunderland, and Wolverhampton held Everton 1-1.

At the DW Stadium, Chelsea took its goal tally in its last five league matches to 29 — stretching back into last season when the west London club put eight past Wigan to win the title.


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored a hat trick as Barcelona won a record ninth Supercup by beating Sevilla 4-0 in the second leg for a 5-3 aggregate on Saturday.

After losing the first leg 3-1 in Seville, league champion Barcelona dominated from the start in its Camp Nou Stadium.

In the 14th minute, Pedro Rodriguez delivered a low cross that rebounded in off defender Abdoulay Konko.

In the 25th, Messi ran on to Xavi Hernandez's long through pass and put a first-time shot past goalkeeper Andres Palop. The Argentina striker scored his second and put his side ahead on aggregate in the 44th, shooting high into the net after being put through by Daniel Alves.

Messi ran on to Andres Iniesta's pass to complete his hat trick in the 90th.

"We've got another important trophy after overturning a very difficult (first-leg) result," Messi told state broadcaster TVE. "We know who we are and we are calm enough to keep growing as the season goes on."

Barcelona fielded an under-strength side in the first leg, with none of its eight players who helped Spain to World Cup victory available. However, on Saturday coach Pep Guardiola fielded a more familiar-looking side.


MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan picked up right where it left off from last season, winning another trophy with a 3-1 victory over AS Roma in the Italian Super Cup on Saturday.

Samuel Eto'o scored twice in the second half at the San Siro to break a 1-1 deadlock in Inter's first official match since Jose Mourinho departed for Real Madrid.

Left back John Arne Riise put Roma ahead in the 21st minute, collecting a pass from Francesco Totti and beating Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar from the edge of the area.

Goran Pandev equalized for Inter in the 41st, profiting from an ill-advised pass by Roma forward Mirko Vucinic into his own goal box. Roma defender Juan couldn't clear and Pandev slid the ball in through goalkeeper Bogdan Lobont's legs.

Eto'o gave Inter the lead in the 70th following a cross from Diego Milito, then sealed the victory 10 minutes later after Rodrigo Taddei gave away the ball.

"The thing that pleased me most was that the squad fought until the end even though it's not in top form yet," new Inter manager Rafa Benitez said after his debut.

Last season, Inter became the first Italian side to win a treble with the Serie A, Italian Cup and Champions League titles. It could have been four titles if Inter hadn't lost last year's Super Cup to Lazio.

Inter next faces Atletico Madrid in the European Super Cup on Friday, then is scheduled to open the Serie A three days later against Bologna.


PARIS (AP) — Daniel Braaten's third goal in three matches helped Toulouse edge Arles-Avignon 2-1 and keep the lead in the French league.

Defending champion Marseille beat Lorient 2-0 to earn its first win this season.

Norway international Braaten beat Vincent Plante with a low shot in the 36th minute before setting up midfielder Etienne Didot for his team's second goal in the 61st.

Franck Dja Djedje scored a consolation goal in the 64th for last-place Arles-Avignon.

Toulouse has made a perfect start to top the standings with nine points, while Marseille has just three points after three rounds.

Also on Saturday, it was: Lyon 1, Brest 0; Nice 1, Nancy 1; Rennes 0, Saint-Etienne 0; Lens 2, Monaco 2.


BERLIN (AP) — Ruud van Nistelrooy scored twice to give Hamburger SV a winning start to its Bundesliga campaign with a 2-1 victory over 10-man Schalke.

Hamburg joined five other teams on three points after the opening round.

In other matches, Hoffenheim rallied to beat Werder Bremen 4-1, and promoted teams St. Pauli and Kaiserslautern also came from behind to win on the road.

St. Pauli scored three times in the last 10 minutes to win 3-1 in Freiburg, and Kaiserslautern won by the same score at 10-man FC Cologne.

Hannover edged Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1. Defending champion Bayern beat Wolfsburg 2-1 Friday.


GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Hearts sent Hamilton to a second successive 4-0 loss in the Scottish Premier League.

Having been routed by Aberdeen in last weekend's opening round, Hamilton fell behind in the sixth minute to Calum Elliot's curling shot. David Templeton added another goal in the 24th.

Both teams had a player sent off before the third goal.

Hearts lost Ruben Palazuelos in the 62nd after receiving a second booking. Martin Canning was dismissed in the 75th for fouling Elliot as he ran forward, leading to a penalty kick that Kevin Kyle converted.

Elliot rounded off the win in the 81st with his second goal after racing through unchallenged.

In Saturday's other topflight match, Aberdeen improved to 2-0 when substitute Darren Mackie's 86th-minute goal clinched a 1-0 win at St. Johnstone.