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Kluivert wrecks Chelsea's FA Cup hopes

LONDON, FEB. 22. Chelsea's quest to win four major titles ended on Sunday when Newcastle ousted the Blues from the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory at St. James' Park.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho gambled and came up short in the fifth round game, losing only his third match since taking over the Blues last summer.

Mourinho started with seven regulars on the bench, hoping to save them for Wednesday's high-profile Champions' League match at FC Barcelona.

"We got a great result today against an excellent team,'' Newcastle manager Graeme Souness said.

Mourniho's strategy went wrong in the fourth minute when Patrick Kluivert gave the Magpies a quick lead, heading in a cross from eight metres to the right of diving goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.

Mourinho had been dubbed the ``Portuguese Man of Four.'' Now he will have to settle for three.

Chelsea leads the Premier League by nine points, goes in as a slight favourite against Barcelona, and plays next weekend in the League Cup final against Liverpool.

With centre-back John Terry suspended, Mourinho rested starters Petr Cech, Paulo Ferreira, Frank Lampard, Claude Makelele, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Damien Duff.

Bowing to the tradition of the FA Cup, Mourinho put Lampard, Duff and Gudjohnsen on to start the second half — using all his substitutions trying to salvage the game.

Wrong move

That move went wrong when winger Wayne Bridge went off with an ankle injury just two minutes into the half, forcing Chelsea to play with 10 men. Three minutes into second-half injury time, 'keeper Cudicini was sent off with a red card.

By the end of the match, Duff and defender William Gallas were limping.

Mourinho said Bridge had ``no chance'' to play against Barcelona.

``Duff and Gallas, we'll have to wait and see,'' Mourinho said. ``But I'm not the kind of person to cry about injuries. We have Barcelona and Liverpool this week to play.

``Sometimes, you're proud of your team when they win and sometimes you're proud of your team even when they lose and I was proud of them today,'' Mourinho added.

Mateja Kezman had Chelsea's best chance to score in the 24th, banging a shot off the upright.

Chelsea lost to Manchester City 1-0 in League play, and fell to FC Porto 2-1 in the Champions' League.

Sunday's two other fifth-round matches ended in draws, forcing replays: Burnley 0, Blackburn 0; and Tottenham 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

In Saturday's fifth-round results, it was: Arsenal 1, Sheffield United 1; Bolton 1, Fulham 0; Charlton 1, Leicester 2; Everton 0, Manchester United 2; and Southampton 2, Brentford 2.

The FA Cup quarterfinals are sure to have a non-Premier League flavour.

Manchester United, Newcastle and Bolton are in, but Charlton is out after falling to lower division Leicester. Four Premier League teams — Arsenal, Southampton, Blackburn and Tottenham — face replays to advance to the last eight.

Blackburn's 0-0 draw at Burnley forces a replay at Blackburn.

Both teams had trouble playing artful football on a badly cut up field at Burnley. Jack Straw, Britain's foreign secretary and a Blackburn fan, attended the match and likened the playing surface to ``a plowed field.''

Tottenham drew 1-1 at home against Forest. Jermain Defoe gave Tottenham a 1-0 lead in first-half injury time, but Gareth Taylor scored the equaliser in the 56th.

The results: FA Cup: Fifth round: Burnley 0, Blackburn 0; Chelsea 0, Newcastle 1; Tottenham 1, Nottingham Forest 1. — AP

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