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Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009

Shakhtar, Benfica cruise to victories

LONDON (AP) Defending champion Shakhtar Donetsk romped to a 4-0 victory over Toulouse and Benfica hit three goals in six minutes in thumping Everton 5-0 in the Europa League on Thursday night.

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Futile attempt: Toulouse 'keeper Yohann Pele is unable to stop Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano from scoring in Europa League action on Thursday night. Shakhtar won 4-0. AP PHOTO

Luis Fernandinho scored twice as Shakhtar made it three wins in three Group J games against the struggling French club, and Luiz Adriano and Tomas Hubschman added further goals for the Ukrainian side in Donetsk.

Fernandinho scored from the penalty spot in the eighth minute after Dany Nounkeu handled. Adriano collected a long pass from Jadson to fire the second in the 24th and Tomas Hubschman drove home Razvan Rat's cross in the 39th to give Shakhtar a 3-0 halftime lead. Adriano backheeled a cross into the net for the fourth in the 56th.

While Shakhtar has nine points from three games, Brugge drew level on four points with Toulouse with a 2-0 win over Partizan Belgrade thanks to two goals by Croatian striker Ivan Perisic, who also missed a penalty. Partizan has lost all three games.

Javier Saviola and Oscar Cardosa scored twice each as Benfica outplayed injury-hit Everton in Lisbon. Luisao headed in the fourth to end a spell of three goals in six minutes just after halftime.

The victory put Benfica atop Group I although level on six points with Everton, which hopes to reverse the result when they meet again in Liverpool in two weeks.

Two goals by Alex Frei put Basel on top of Group E with a 2-0 win at CSKA Sofia after Roma captured a 1-1 draw at Fulham thanks to a goal in the third minute of injury time by Marco Andreolli.

Vieri calls it quits

MILAN , Italy (AP) Former Italy striker Christian Vieri is retiring from soccer.

The former Inter Milan forward has been without a club since the end of last season, when he left Atalanta after scoring two goals in nine games.

"I don't want to carry on playing," Vieri said Thursday. "I'm not even tempted to play abroad."

Vieri, 36, made his debut in 1991 for Torino and scored one goal in his debut season. He then regularly changed clubs and played for eight teams in eight seasons, including Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Lazio.

After one season with Lazio, in which he won the Cup Winners' Cup, Vieri joined Inter Milan for a then-world record fee of $53 million.

In six seasons with Inter he scored 103 goals in 144 appearances, but was unable to help the team end its wait for the Serie A championship.

Injuries prevented the Bologna-born Vieri from playing on Italy's victorious 2006 World Cup team after scoring nine times at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.

Vieri scored 23 goals in 49 internationals and 194 times in 375 club games for 12 different teams.

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